Dropbox acquires email killer Droptalk

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Cloud storage platform Dropbox has acquired a start-up called Droptalk that keeps all your communications on one screen in the browser and fully subscribes to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston’s avowed mission to end the travesty that is email.

With Droptalk all your communications happens in the browser, tablet or phone, eliminating the need for emails.

Anytime a shared folder is updated in the cloud, everyone else in the conversation can see the updated version. Sound familiar?

Droptalk was established only a year ago by a team of ex-Facebook and LinkedIn engineers with the objective changing how people message and get work done across their devices.

Workers of the world deserve more

“About a year ago we set out to end the unnecessary friction around communication and collaboration by killing ‘the work email’,” the Droptalk founders said in a blog confirming the acquisition.

“The world deserves a better way to do business and an integrated sharing product, which our team rapidly created is the answer.”

Dropbox recently launched the Android version of Mailbox, a company it acquired last year that also is intent on moving beyond the work email.

At the Dublin Web Summit last October Dropbox CEO and co-founder Drew Houston said that what motivated the company to make acquisitions like that of Mailbox, Houston said he was inspired by the need to change email for the better.

When motivated to make acquisitions like that of Mailbox, Houston said he was inspired by the need to change email for the better.

“I hate email, it hasn’t really evolved since the 1970s when it was born,” Houston said, adding that some of the functionality in Mailbox like swipes herald a better future for the medium.

“Imagine how many lifetimes of pain are lost by people dealing with inboxes,” Houston said.

As part of its transition to Dropbox, the Droptalk team said it is no longer accepting new beta signups.

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