Dropbox has announced it will shut down its email app: Mailbox, and it’s photo app: Carousel, on February 26th and March 31st respectively. According to TechCrunch, the plan, moving forward will be to focus on its core product – cloud storage, and develop new productivity tools, like Paper.
In the blogpost that announced the demise, Dropbox co-founders, Drew and Arash wrote, “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.”
Mailbox was originally developed by Orchestra Inc, before being acqui-hired by Dropbox in March 2013. It garnered a lot of buzz when it was released – the pre-registration waiting list was as large as 380,000 names. It’s likely that the user base didn’t grow as fast as Dropbox anticipated, because it, along with Carousel, tried to fix problems that really didn’t exist for many users.