Dropbox to Shut Down Mailbox and Carousel Apps in 2016

Well this was really unexpected. Dropbox has announced it will shut down their apps Mailbox and Carousel. Why?

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.

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This means Mailbox will be shut down on February 26th, 2016. According to the FAQ, on that day the service will just stop and logins will not be possible. Your Auto-swipe Patterns will be deleted, but until then you can go to Settings > Auto-swipe to export your Patterns.

As for your Snoozed labels, they will be deleted and emails returned to your inbox. Your Lists will remain as existing labels in Gmail and folders in iCloud. Your drafts in Mailbox will be deleted, so you will need to manually retrieve them.

Other notes:

  • Dropbox also states Mailbox will not be open sourced.
  • As for your bonus 1GB Dropbox space for signing up, that will not be lost.
  • Development will cease on December 7, 2015

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As for Carousel, it will be shut down on March 31st, 2016. Once the app ceases to work, your photos will still remain safe within Dropbox. The company says there will be a way for users to export conversations or shared albums “early next year”, either to Dropbox or to a .zip file.

As for the 3GB bonus Dropbox space for signing up and using Carousel to backup, that will remains for users.

This is unfortunate to hear this news from Dropbox, as we enjoyed using Mailbox. What are your thoughts on the shutdown of these popular apps?

[via The Verge]