Dropbox has abandoned Mailbox (twitter.com)
over 7 years ago from David Barker
over 7 years ago from David Barker
Is it trendy to buy people's favourite mail apps and kill them, or what?
Yup. Google does this often. It's part of the startup world. They purchase the product or user base and place the employees on the roof for a year until they quit or let them go.
Been watching a little Silicon Valley?
You can come over and join if you'd like. Bring your macbook I have red bull and beef jerky. We can work on our new react/express/node based industry disrupter startup together. ya know collaborate and iterate faster.
What a shame. Mailbox really hit the sweet spot for me when it was working.
All these new email products are the same. They all follow the exact same approach and do not provide anything fresh or new to this method of communication. Simply providing a better UI is not going to be enough and these types of product will continue to die.
I feel it sad when awesome startups that solve actual problems join a large company to end working on products only management seems to care about.
Can't say I'm surprised. If it's any help, here's my setup so far:
iOS – Spark is an awesome replacement and owned by readdle so it should have some staying power for a bit. This app is easily my favorite iOS mail app since Mailbox, and I've tried a few.
Mac – AirMail seems to be fairly solid. Been using it for a couple of years now without any real complaints. Pretty fast dev updates as well.
Biggest thing for me when looking at a client is their support for other accounts besides gmail and icloud. Both of the above support any account including IMAP accounts.
That's exactly my setup right now, and it works pretty well.
I got AirMail when it first came out, but had to stop using it because it would fail to send emails to people now and again. I got a little worried that it would one day send an email to someone other than the person I intended it to go to.
I also found that it had issues sending images. The recipient couldn't view the images at the other end.
I'm considering trying it again, though.
Dropbox also bought Readmill and killed it. I hate these guys now...but if the acquired company accept it, then everyone is to blame. Or no one... The vanity of the startup world :p
Dang I really miss Readmill. Now I have a solid reason to hate Dropbox (guys, not the app itself..)
Or they're told one thing during the acquisition, and then another unfolds afterwards.
Sad news. Which is the best alternative to Mailbox?
If you use Gmail I would say Inbox. Has most of the same features although no desktop app. Personally I hate desktop email apps so that's not a problem for me.
Inbox has transformed email for me. I used to painfully sort and filter everything in Gmail and Inbox has shown me how unnecessary that is. Now I actually reach Inbox Zero on a regular basis and it's marvelous.
FYI for anyone considering Inbox: it's not yet compatible with business accounts (or at least it was this way last I checked).
This isn't true. It is compatible with business accounts.
It does work, but your admin has to okay it in the Google App settings, IIRC.
Install the Inbox mobile app and try accessing your business account.... that how I bypassed the admin message.
Also FYI to anyone using Inbox: we've seen two invoices go missed recently thanks to its bundling/auto-filtering feature :/
What I've done to combat this issue is turn off bundling in the inbox. I already have filters for promotions and social to get archived immediately, so normally things that come in the inbox are only things that I need. And then about once every other day I go into All Mail and see if there's anything that I might have missed.
But generally I love Google Inbox, I use it with Mailplane on the Mac. The only problem is on iOS it doesn't show me a notification number on the icon for how many messages are in the inbox. Only the number of unread messages. Which, for me, I use my email as a general to do list, so if there's no number there I won't look at my email. Because of this, I use "Spark" on my iPhone and then Google Inbox on my Mac. It seems to be working well so far. I'm patiently waiting for Spark on the Mac.
I've been enjoying Inbox + Mixmax together: https://mixmax.com/
This x1000. Old sparrow user here. Took the plunge and went to inbox thanks to mixmax features. Love it.
I'm working on a new product called Polymail that has the beautiful UI of Mailbox + the best email productivity tools like Email Tracking, Send Later, Undo Send, and Contact Profiles!
We're in private Alpha right now but if anyone here is interested DM me your email on Twitter and I'll be happy to add you to our next release :)
Here's a little preview:
CloudMagic will be deployed near the end of this year. Gotta try that too!
Googles Inbox is basically a Google clone of Mailbox. I quite like it. But if you don't use Gmail, I dunno.
Very sad to hear this, especially considering this from only three months ago: https://www.designernews.co/comments/168610
Mailbox for mac has been such a disappointment for me, plus I got tired waiting for it to come out of beta after 3+ years. Inbox by Google works great for now and seriously, has anyone heard of Slack?
I remember being on the initial waiting list when Mailbox was announced, it was definitely a game changer when it finally released.
Im scrambling now to find a replacement thats also a universal iOS app, I use Spark on my phone but only for my work account. Any suggestions on apps that have a iPad app as well?
I've been very happy with cloudmagic for many years now.
just a shame there's no desktop client for it.
I just don't think there is any way that they kill Mailbox and keep Carousel alive. Sad day.
I'm confused about this tweet. What does "abandon" mean? Was the product sunsetted? Or is a dedicated team simply not working on it anymore? Will the service be shut down? The Mailbox website doesn't give any indication.
If Mailbox doesn't fit in with the overall Dropbox product strategy, then it makes sense they'd pull resources from it. There is a lot of overhead required to simply maintain a product, let alone iterate and improve on it. But that doesn't mean they killed it. Maybe there was a dedicated Mailbox team that got pulled into other projects with higher priority and when Mailbox requires attention, they can address it ad hoc.
This was so obviously going to happen from the start, you'd have to be covering your eyes and have your fingers in your ears not to see this coming as soon as they bought it.
If email is dead, why are so many people upset about this? :)
On the bright side, you got an extra 1GB for free if you linked Mailbox with Dropbox.
This is like Dropbox giving you a penny.
1GB in online storage isn't what it used to be.
Mailbox is the only app I've found that works on all the platforms I use - Mac, iOS AND Android.
Disappointing, and unsurprising.
This sucks. Really not looking forward to trying to find a new app. The mailbox workflow was perfect—snooze and lists are all most people need to stay organized.
Can anyone recommend a good replacement on Mac and/or iOS? Everything else looks pretty overfeatured.
Edit: Idea. Maybe this is because Dropbox has the team working on a Gmail alternative? They have their own version of google docs now, so it seems plausible.
I posted a couple of replacement apps above. Spark is definitely worth trying out.
I use the Gmail app on iOS and the web app on desktop. Never really liked using 3rd party apps for some reason.
Good example of not being able to patent interaction design.
See also: Any indie Weather/Calendar app.
Thought this was the case, it's been dead for what, at least a year?
Happy now using Postbox on desktop and Outlook on iOS. They're not going anywhere anytime soon.
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