Dropbox today announced that it will be shutting down two of its service: the Mailbox email client and the Carousel photo app in Q1 of 2016. The company had acquired Mailbox in 2013 attempting to increase the quality of email on a mobile device. Carousel, on the other hand, was launched last year to allow users to store and share their photographs. Well, it’s time to say goodbye to them now as Mailbox will be going down on February 26th, 2016 and Carousel shuts down on March 31, 2016.
Both of these products haven’t seen any development or improvements over the past few months and it was evident right from then that they would soon come to an end. The company has been picking up a lot of revenue lately and most of it is concentrated towards Dropbox’s main cloud tech and the new Enterprise service.
For those of you who are currently using the Mailbox service, the company has made it possible for you to transition to a new email client. Here’s what the blog post announcing the shutting down of Mailbox reads:
We know saying goodbye to Mailbox will be hard for many. To help make the transition to a new email client easier, we’ve created guides and export tools. For more specifics around how we’ll be winding down Mailbox, please visit the Mailbox FAQ here: http://www.mailboxapp.com/faq/.
Users having their pictures up on Carousel also do not need to worry. You will be able to view and share your uploaded photos in the Photos tab views on the web and in your Dropbox mobile apps. This means that some of Carousel’s technology will be integrated into Dropbox. One feature that’ll be missing is the hidden pictures tab. Here’s what the Carousel team had to say in the blog post announcing the end of Carousel:
After Carousel shuts down you’ll still be able to view and share your photos in the Photos tab views on the web and in your Dropbox mobile apps. In the coming months, we’ll integrate some key features of Carousel into the core Dropbox app. For more details, check out our Help Center.
In the end, the Dropbox co-founders apologoze to their users for this untimely goodbye to these two services.