Saying Goodbye to Carousel and Mailbox

Dropbox announced today that they’re killing off Carousel and Mailbox:

In 2013, we acquired Mailbox because we believed in the way it was making mobile email better. In 2014, we launched Carousel to create a new way to experience and share photos. With both, we aspired to extend the simplicity of Dropbox to other parts of our users’ lives.

Building new products is about learning as much as it’s about making. It’s also about tough choices. Over the past few months, we’ve increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together. In light of that, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down Carousel and Mailbox.

Like Gabe, I never really quite understood how Mailbox fit into the Dropbox ecosystem and was surprised when the acquisition was announced. It was essentially a Gmail client and it doesn’t use any features that would prevent it working without Dropbox.

Given that Dropbox open-sourced Hackpad (another acquisition the company made in 2014) rather than kill it off, it’s a shame they didn’t spin the two apps off1 or see if another development team would be willing to carry the torch.

  1. That sound you hear is Myke Hurley weeping at the realisation he has to start using another iOS Mail client.