Dropbox acquires Mailbox

When I reviewed Orchestra’s email app, Mailbox, not too long ago, I wrote:

“Stowe Boyd, Orchestra’s Mailbox makes email triage effortless

Inbox triage has long been a necessary chore, but Mailbox makes it simple and intuitive. My bet is that Mailbox will be an enormous hit, and will become one of the apps that define and confirm the new gestural UX that we are moving into so quickly. Also, I am sure that all other email clients will knock off the principles of email triage à la Mailbox. I envision a browser version of this working PCs in combination with Leap Motion, but it’s killer as is, and for people on iOS devices it will quickly become the default mail client of choice.

By the way, a suggestion to Apple: Here’s something to do with all that money you are sitting on. Buy Mailbox, make it the default client, integrate more closely with iOS, and don’t port it to Android or Windows 8. Before Google buys it.”

Well, someone listened. Dropbox has acquired Mailbox.

That integration makes sense, as the founders of Dropbox wrote today,

“Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, Welcome Mailbox

Dropbox doesn’t replace your folders or your hard drive: it makes them better. The same is true with Mailbox. It doesn’t replace your email: it makes it better. Whether it’s your Dropbox or your Mailbox, we want to find ways to simplify your life.”

I look forward to finding out more about this acquisition, including the question I sent to Gentry Underwood, the company’s CEO. I wanted to know what’s going to happen with Orchestra’s eponymous task management app that it had released before Mailbox.

More to follow.