Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

Both services set for shutdown in first quarter 2016

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Dropbox is going to be nixing the Mailbox and Carousel services early next year.

The file-sharing specialist said that it will be killing off its Mailbox email system on February 26, and the Carousel picture sharing service will have its last go-round on March 31.

Dropbox said the decision to kill both products so quickly comes as a result of an effort to shift the company's focus back into developing the Dropbox app itself, rather than develop for multiple services.

"Building new products is about learning as much as it's about making. It's also about tough choices," co-founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi said in a blog post announcing the cull.

"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."

The move to shutter the two services comes less than three years after both were introduced. Dropbox acquired Mailbox and its iOS mail app in 2013 for a reported $100m and launched Carousel last year.

Dropbox says that since it made those moves, customers have shown they prefer to use just one app rather than multiple services. As such, Dropbox has decided to take the hit of shutting down both Carousel and Mailbox.

"We're proud to have created a photo app that many of you use and love," the Carousel team said in its goodbye note.

"However, over the past year and a half, we've learned the vast majority of our users prefer the convenience and simplicity of interacting with their photos directly inside of Dropbox."

Following the shutdown, Carousel photos will be viewable through the Dropbox account. Mailbox has posted an FAQ for moving settings and deleting the App from iOS and Android devices following the February shutdown. ®


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