The cloud storage and file hosting company Dropbox, which boasts of over 400 million users, has been facing rough weather in its effort to hold on to its $10 billion valuation particularly in the light of scrutiny from observers and investors. It now appears that the company has a real task on hand streamlining its business. Dropbox is shutting down Carousel and Mailbox its photo apps and email.
Come February, 2016, Carousel will no more be available, and Mailbox too will be gone on 31 March the same year. Carousel gets an additional month, partly because a feature for moving content and conversations from the present shared albums into Dropbox is being built. Further, the extra month will also put enough time in the hands of users to migrate the photos. Mailbox, however, was only a client sitting on Gmail and, therefore, shutting it down may not have any significant effect on data those users have on this service.
The news of these two applications being shut down has been doing the rounds for some time now, and Dropbox has now confirmed the news through its blog post this morning with all the attendant details.
Writing in the blogpost Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston, co-founders of Dropbox said that building new products involved both learning and making them. Further, it also involved making tough choices. They added further that in the preceding couple of months, the team at Dropbox has stepped up its focus on simplifying the manner in which people worked together and collaborating. In view of this, they stated further that the difficult decision to wind down Carousel and Mailbox had been taken. Read more…