What began with an observation — that people used email as a (terrible) to-do list — evolved into Orchestra To-do, the App Store’s 2011 Productivity App of the Year.
But no matter how much we used Orchestra, people kept sending us tasks via email. And one day it dawned on us: rather than moving these tasks somewhere else, what if we transformed the inbox where they already live?
We’ve come to believe email is here to stay. And while we can't get away from it, we can change how we interact with it. We can put email in its place.
That’s where Mailbox comes in. We’ve created a mobile-first email experience from the ground up — challenging assumptions about how email works and redesigning the inbox for a world on the go.
We’ve taken the very best experiences from the apps we use everyday and applied them to this archaic medium. It’s a new way of looking at your email, but when you use Mailbox for the first time, we believe you’ll say “of course.”
Within two months of launch, the Mailbox system was delivering over 100 million emails every day. And that’s just the beginning. Our goal has always been to put Mailbox in the hands of everyone who wants it. That means supporting additional email providers and mobile devices, adding new features, and continuing to scale our service quickly.
Rather than grow Mailbox on our own, in March we joined forces with Dropbox to build it out together. They’re 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.
To be clear, Mailbox is not going away. In fact, Dropbox is like our jet fuel - joining their team is already helping us to build Mailbox even faster. And imagine what cool things you’ll do when your Mailbox is connected to your Dropbox...
Thanks again for joining us on the journey to transform the inbox. We’re really excited for what’s ahead.
Combining a fresh take on messaging productivity with lightning-fast sending and receiving, Mailbox is a winner.”
The best email management app you'll ever use.”
This is one of the most attractive, finely-polished, every-pixel-in-its-place apps I’ve ever seen on the iPad, just as it was on the iPhone.”
It's _insanely_ good”
Loren Brichter (@lorenb)
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