In what may be considered as a surprise move, popular cloud-storage service Dropbox has acquired recently-launched Mailbox. The new email app that launched around a month ago to hordes of curious users is now in the hands of Dropbox. Both Mailbox and Dropbox announced the acquisition on their respective blogs.
Dropbox says that they fell in love with Mailbox right away, describing the app as "simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered." Dropbox discovered that Mailbox's calling was the same as theirs: "to solve life’s hidden problems and reimagine the things we do every day." That's when the Dropbox folks realized they would make a team.
Mailbox said that rather than grow the app and the company on its own, they've decided to join forces with Dropbox to possibly achieve more than what they could do on their own. The Mailbox app itself will still be sticking around and won't be changing, save for a few new features coming in the future, including Dropbox integration, according to a hint from Mailbox CEO Gentry Underwood.
Exact plans for the acquisition haven't been disclosed, but we should definitely be seeing more features coming to Mailbox. We reviewed the app shortly after its release, and its certainly worth a try. The developer says that 60 million emails are going in and out per day, and the company's service capacity has grown 2,000x since launching last month.