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Dropbox snaps up Mailbox app to boost its cloud-based arsenal

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Mailbox is now in the hands of Dropbox
Mailbox is now in the hands of Dropbox

Cloud storage expert Dropbox has announced a major acquisition in the form of the popular email application Mailbox.

The free Gmail client has been a revelation since it launched for the iPhone and iPod touch back in January, with well over half a million people currently residing on the app's waiting list.

Although the company was quick to assure it will not be swallowed or disbanded, that list may be cleared a little sooner after it joined forces with Dropbox's excellent, multi-platform online storage ecosystem.

The app, which pulls in Gmail from the cloud and delivers it securely, said it needed a company like Dropbox to help it achieve its potential.

"Dropbox are a profoundly talented bunch who build great tools that make work frictionless, and Mailbox fits Dropbox’s mission like a glove. Plus, they’ve got a ton of experience scaling services and are experts at handling people’s data with care. In short, Dropbox is our kind of company," read a post on the company blog

"To be clear, Mailbox is not going away. The product needs to grow fast, and we believe that joining Dropbox is the best way to make that happen. Plus, imagine what cool things you could do if your Mailbox was connected to your Dropbox..."

Another post on the Dropbox blog welcomed Mailbox to the family and cited both service's missions to make life simpler and easier for web and mobile users.

The company wrote: "Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love - it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered. Many have promised to help us with our overflowing inboxes, but the Mailbox team actually delivered.

"After spending time with Gentry, Scott, and the team, it became clear that their calling was the same as ours at Dropbox - to solve life’s hidden problems and re-imagine the things we do every day. We all quickly realised that together we could save millions of people a lot of pain."

The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed, but we can certainly see big things on the horizon from this pair, who appear to be a match made in the heaven… or at least the clouds.

Via CNET

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