Saying goodbye to Carousel and Mailbox


We’re committed to making the transitions from these products as painless as possible. We’ve posted more information on the Carousel blog and the Mailbox blog, and we’ll be communicating details directly to users of both apps in the coming days. Mailbox will be shut down on February 26th, 2016, and Carousel will be shut down on March 31st, 2016.

To our Carousel and Mailbox users, thank you for embracing these products—and we’re sorry. It’s not easy to say goodbye to products we all love. But ultimately, we think this increased focus will help us create even better experiences for you in the months and years to come.

I never used either product in part because of this. I’ve been around long enough to see dozens, if not hundreds, of services come and go. I rarely rely on new services (but I often test them out) simply because, to paraphrase Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, “Products come and go so quickly around here.” I may be too old and jaded but I think my time is too valuable to constantly be flitting from one new service to another, only to have the owner shut it down, sometimes with very little advance notice.

  • llahnoraa

    This just in: Facebook closes down Creative Labs, pulls Riff, Slingshot & Rooms from App Store as well.


  • marv08

    The very idea of inputting my email credentials into an app / service employing somebody with zero credibility such as Condoleezza… never even occurred to me.

    What puzzles me even more is that constant buzz about “fixing email”… I work for three companies, have 13 email accounts and deal with 600-700 “real” (as in: requiring my attention) mails per week. I use Apple Mail with three plug-ins (MailTags, Mail Act On and MailHub) for that since years and never had a problem that needed fixing. I just ignore every new buzz-wordy brainwashing hype like GTD or Inbox Zero. I use discipline and the tools I have. Works.

    • llahnoraa

      +1. I use Apple Mail the most. Not even Outlook.

    • Boy howdy that’s the smartest thing I’ve read today. I knew the minute Mailbox was bought by Dropbox that it was doomed.

    • Glaurung-Quena

      Re dropbox: Several apps that I use have dropbox support built in, but not support for other cloud storage services.

      Re email: the people who think it’s “broken” have always struck me as suffering from a very minor first world problem. Office communications have threatened to overwhelm office workers since the era of interoffice memos delivered on pieces of paper. If it’s not actually vital, get a system for dealing with it and compartmentalizing it into a specific time slot (ie, turn off push notifications) so it doesn’t eat your attention and time. If it is vital, but there isn’t enough time to deal with it all, hire an assistant to deal with it for you. Either way, it’s not a problem that can be solved by software, so stop churning out new email clients under the guise of “fixing” email.

  • John

    I’m actually rather disappointed. Mailbox is an app that I love and nothing else works nearly as well for clearing out my inbox, deferring mail until the I can deal with it, and just generally keeping me ahead of the mail game.

    Before anyone says Outlook for iOS or Airmail works just as well – they don’t. That’s not to say they are bad apps, they just aren’t up Mailbox’s speed and ease of use for scheduling emails for later.

    Also Dropbox doesn’t support iOS as well as Google Drive or Box. It seems since the partnership with Microsoft they have become much less Apple friendly.

  • adrianoconnor

    Bizarre timing — I uninstalled Mailbox just a few days ago, and switched back to the native Mail client (mainly because my iPhone 4S is getting mega slow since iOS 9, and I deleted just about everything…). For what it’s worth, I felt Mailbox was a really good app, and it worked really well for me. Ah well, seems to be the way things go these days.

  • Glaurung-Quena

    I got my 4gb of free space on Dropbox by pretending to try out these products, so i completely don’t care that they’re being cancelled now.

  • satcomer

    This is the problem with “The Cloud” slick marketing! These online services don’t really last last past their seed money!

    The same can be said with some third party applications!

    • John

      So basically you’re saying that I should only use iCloud and iWork?

  • John

    Working my way through different email clients……sigh