August 21, 2014

#prototyping

Wondering how we designed the betacoin? We prototyped, of course ;)

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August 19, 2014

Hooray! Mailbox for Mac now in public beta, complete with draft support and snooze to desktop

Today is a big day for Mailbox: we’re pleased to announce the public beta of our Mac app and the launch of several new features including draft support and the ability to snooze messages until you get back to your desk. 

Mailbox for Mac

Back in April we demoed an early version of Mailbox for Mac, the desktop companion to our mobile inbox. Since then we’ve been inundated with requests for access, and today we’re excited to begin rolling our public beta.

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Here’s how the beta rollout works: if you signed up for the wait list, keep an eye on your email over the coming weeks — we’ll be sending you a small attachment that we call a betacoin. This coin will unlock your copy of Mailbox for Mac and turn on the mobile “snooze to desktop” feature.   

If you haven’t yet signed up for the beta, you can do so here. We’ll continue to improve the product and grow the number of testers over the coming weeks.

 

Draft Support

Support for drafts is one of the most common feature requests for Mailbox and becomes even more important when managing an inbox across multiple devices. Along with the rollout of Mailbox for Mac beta, we’re also launching draft support for Mailbox on desktop and iOS (coming soon on Android). Drafts are saved locally to the device you’re on and automatically synced across devices when you’re signed in with your Dropbox.

We hope you enjoy our updates! Please give the new features a test drive and send along feedback to mailbox-feedback@dropbox.com. As always, we need your help to get this right, and we are so appreciative when you take the time to share your thoughts.

 

- The Mailbox team

August 13, 2014

Mailbox speaks 19 languages, filters spam, prints, handles your passbook attachments and more

MAILBOX IS INTERNATIONAL!

Since our launch last year, we’ve been eager to localize Mailbox so all our users could manage their inboxes as simply as our English-speaking users. Today, we’re excited to announce support for 19 languages! Now Mailbox is available in:

  • Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Russian
  • Spanish (both European and Latin American)
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • …and of course, English

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If there are other languages you’d like us to support, we’d love to hear about it! Send your suggestion to mailbox-feedback@dropbox.com.

PRINTING, ADDING STARS, AND SPAM FILTERING!

Now you can print your emails, mark them as spam or unread, and star an email using Mailbox! Just click on the three little dots at the top right of a thread view or individual message view for these options.

PASSBOOK, EMPTY TRASH, AND 24 HOUR CLOCK!

  • Want to utilize Passbook attachments on your iOS device? Just select the ticket or attachment in your email and it will automatically save in Passbook.
  • Do you like to keep your inbox super clean by swiping to delete? Now Mailbox will delete those emails for good when you empty your trash.
  • Prefer military time? Mailbox now supports the 24-hour clock.

Download Mailbox on iOS here and Android here

As always, thanks for your feedback and support!

— The Mailbox team

May 19, 2014

Mailbox adopts App Links!

Mailbox is always looking for ways to simplify your life and make managing email a little easier. And today, we’re announcing a new tool for accessing the information you receive in Mailbox.

At the F8 Conference last month, Facebook announced a new, open source tool called App Links which allows developers to easily link content between apps.  As one of the first adopters of the tool, Mailbox now lets users open emailed links in their favorite apps instead of the mobile browser.

Imagine someone sends you a Pinterest pin in an email. If you have the Pinterest app installed on your phone, just tap the link in Mailbox and it will open in your Pinterest app rather than Safari or Chrome. You get to access information on your mobile device the way you want — and not through the default web view.

And it’s not just for Pinterest: links from other apps that use the free open-source tool will work the same way. Did someone send you a SoundCloud link to a new remix? Just tap on the link and you’ll go directly to the SoundCloud app on your phone instead of a page on the mobile web. It’s simple and automatic.

Mailbox wants to make it quick and easy for you to view and manage your messages, and with App Links you can interact with your emailed links right in the apps you already use and love. It’s just another way we’re putting email in its place.

April 9, 2014

Mailbox now available for Android with new Auto-swipe service. Plus, announcing the beta for our desktop client.

It’s a big day for Mailbox — and Dropbox too!

First, we are thrilled to introduce Mailbox for Android (available here). We’ve received thousands of requests for an Android app, and after nearly a year of work we’re excited to bring the simplicity of Mailbox to the world’s most popular mobile platform.

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With Mailbox for Android, we’re one step closer to bringing the joy of putting email in its place to everyone who wants it.

But what about improving Mailbox for the people who already rely on it?

We set out to tame the inbox, and swipes and snoozes were a great first step. But the amount of email we receive daily is only increasing. We don’t just need better tools for dealing with the mail we get, we need more control over what demands our attention in the first place.

Today, we’re proud to announce a new service built directly into Mailbox that learns from your swipes and snoozes to automate common actions. Mute that thread you don’t care about, snooze messages from your friends until after work, and route receipts to a list — automatically. We call this service Auto-swipe.

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Auto-swipe is something we wanted to release with the first version of Mailbox, but it’s only with recent improvements to our infrastructure that such a smart service has been possible.

Starting today, Mailbox uses Dropbox to sync preferences and Auto-swipe patterns across email accounts and devices. That means you get a seamless experience no matter which device or email account you use. This is part of an ongoing integration of Mailbox into the Dropbox family — we’re working hard to craft magical experiences that are only possible on top of the Dropbox platform.

And that’s not all. Today we’re announcing a private beta of Mailbox for Mac, the desktop companion to the world’s best mobile inbox.

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Mailbox for Mac has been another labor of love for our team. It’s the product of painstaking iteration (over, and over, and over) to build the lightest, fastest, most delightful desktop mail client ever. You can watch a demo of the app during the Dropbox keynote, and sign up to get early access here. We’ve still got quite a bit of work to do, but we’ll be adding people to the beta as quickly as we can.

We’re so excited to share these new tools with you, and as always, we’re grateful to have you with us as we journey to transform the inbox and put email in its place.


— The Mailbox team

February 7, 2014

Celebrating 365 Days of Inbox Zero

It’s a special day here at Mailbox HQ. Today our app turns one year old, and we’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who made this year special.

We are so grateful for our users for always providing amazing feedback, and to our featured photographers who made inbox zero delightful every day. To celebrate, we designed a little tribute to these fabulous folks at http://mailboxapp.com/365. We hope you enjoy revisiting the last 365 days as much as we do.

 

It’s been an incredible year. Thank you all!

— The Mailbox team

 

December 31, 2013

Thanks for a wonderful year

Happy New Year Mailbox users!

As 2013 comes to a close, we are thrilled and humbled to be recognized on a number of exciting “best of” lists. Mailbox was given top honors by TIMECNN MoneyThe VergeThe GuardianMen’s Journal and several more.

To our users, thank you for all your support and feedback. It was an incredible year for the whole Mailbox team, and we look forward to bringing you more great features in 2014.

Cheers!



Check out the year-end roundups that mentioned Mailbox as an iOS app favorite:

TIME: Top 10 Apps

Men’s Journal: Mailbox: Apps of the Year

The Next Web: 20 of the best productivity apps of 2013

PCMag: 8 Ideas That Turned to Tech Gold in 2013

Cult of Mac: The Best iOS Apps Of 2013

MakeUseOf: Year in Review: 5 Most Notable New iOS Apps of 2013

AppAdvice: AppAdvice’s Top 10 Best Free iPhone Apps Of 2013

CNN Money: 25 apps you should download right now

DailyTekk: The Year’s 100 Best iPhone Apps

CNET: Best iPhone and iPad apps of 2013

Netted by the Webbys: Best of 2013

Apple’N’Apps: The Five Best Productivity Apps Of 2013 – Getting Things Done Anew

Apple’N’Apps: The Top 10 Apps Of 2013 With Our App Of The Year

UpCity: Start 2014 Right: 25 Free Apps to Save Five Minutes In Your Day

148Apps: 148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up – The Most Distinct Apps and Games of the Year

Brosome: The 10 Best New Apps of 2013

Practical Ecommerce: Top 20 Mobile Productivity Apps of 2013

TheNextWeb: 89 of the best iOS apps launched in 2013

TabTimes: 10 best iPad apps for personal productivity

Gizmodo UK: Essential Apps For Your New iPad or iPhone

The Verge: Best apps for your new iPhone

The Verge: Best apps for your new iPad

Explore B2B: Top 3 Must Have Productivity Apps for Professionals

CIO: The Best iOS and Android Apps of 2013

Business Insider: 11 iPhone Apps You’ll Have To Pry From My Cold, Dead Hands

Today’s iPhone: TiP Editor’s Choice 2013 – Best iOS Apps and Games

Telstra Business Blog: 5 of the best productivity apps of 2013

iPhone Life Magazine: Lists of Best Apps for 2013

TechRadar: Best free iPad apps

MSN tech UK: Best in tech 2013

TechTimes.co: Best apps for iPhone 2013: E-mail

Complex: The Top 10 Apps of 2013

Digital Trends: 120 Best iPhone Apps

The Guardian: The 50 best apps of 2013

iDownloadBlog: The 10 best productivity apps of 2013

Inc. Magazine: 5 Best iPhone Apps of 2013

iOS Hacker: These are the best mail apps for your iPhone: CloudMagic, Boxer, Mailbox, myMail and Seed Mail

everythingiCafe: Best Email Apps for iPhone

What’s On iPhone: 13 Best iOS Apps and Games of 2013

Paste Magazine: The 15 Best Apps of 2013

MacLife: The 2013 Rounded Rectangles iOS Design Awards

December 20, 2013

Yahoo! support is currently disabled.

Mailbox is currently unable to connect to Yahoo! servers. We’ll post more information here as soon as we can.

UPDATE: December 20 at 2pm

We’ve determined that Yahoo Mail servers are not permitting connections from Mailbox. We’ve reached out to Yahoo with the goal of restoring service. 

December 17, 2013

Mailbox: now for iCloud and Yahoo Mail

Today we’re thrilled to announce we’ve added Mailbox support for Yahoo, iCloud, me.com, and mac.com email accounts. This is a big step for us — we get more requests for Yahoo and iCloud support than for any other feature.

And how do we feel about being able to offer Mailbox to hundreds of millions of new people, you ask? A bit like this:

Mailbox remains 100% free, and adding a Yahoo or iCloud email account is just as easy as adding a Gmail account. To get started, download Mailbox here.

Ho ho ho! And thanks for joining us on our journey to transform the inbox. We hope this holiday season Mailbox can help you and yours put email in its place.


— The Mailbox team

November 12, 2013

Did you know? You can treat your email like a to do list

Mailbox was born from the observation that people use email as a (terrible) to-do list. They mark the messages they need to return to and let the rest pile up.

We think there’s a better way.

Research shows that the best productivity systems simplify decision-making and use to do lists to focus on specific tasks at specific times. Mailbox was designed with this in mind to bring the best productivity practices to email.

For this reason, Mailbox works best when you reserve your inbox for the things that need your attention now and snooze, archive or delete the rest. If you haven’t already, try using the “Help me get to zero” button to archive your non-critical messages, leaving you with new messages and some older ones you flagged as important. Then imagine each of these is a task.

Like any task management tool, it’s important to decide the best time to tackle a specific task. Enter the snooze feature.


Let’s say you have a flight confirmation email for a trip next month. That trip is a “task” you don’t need to think about for a while. Snooze that message until the day before the flight so that you remember to check-in online. Mailbox will hold the email in your “Later” folder and bring it back to the top of your inbox at the time you specify. Having a focused time and place to address your tasks will help you become a productivity ninja.

Equally important to timing is prioritization. People are constantly prioritizing their important tasks, so Mailbox lets you to reorder emails to put your most important “tasks” at the top of your “list” (a.k.a. inbox).



In addition to the “Help me get to zero” button (see previous blog post), these simple tools can help you fly through your email so that you can spend more time on the things that matter to you now. Give it a whirl, and let us know what you think.