Recently, Mailbox—owned at last report by Dropbox—added on some new features that will likely make Google (News - Alert) fans smile. More specifically, the features added on surrounded the use of Mailbox with Gmail, and the use of Chrome in opening links contained within messages.
The first new upgrade allows users to search all Gmail messages, both those stored locally and those stored in the cloud. Before this upgrade, users could only search messages stored locally, and that was a pretty substantial impediment for a lot of people. Now, with the upgrade, searches happen in two stages: first, there's an instant list of results as the local results come in, but in the background, Mailbox turns to Gmail and starts bringing in results from the cloud searches as quickly as said results come in. This leaves some noting that there may be a brief period in which the program says there are no results when the results simply haven't arrived yet, but reports from TechCrunch also note that the results fill in fairly quickly, so a modicum of patience will likely overcome any problems here.
Additionally, there's even an option to attach custom signatures based on the circumstances of the message. Business mails can get a business signature, while personal mails can get a personal signature. There's less risk of potentially offensive material getting out that way, while still allowing an e-mail account to serve two purposes safely and effectively.
That's not all that's in place, though, as the new Mailbox allows users the option to use Chrome as the browser of choice when it comes to opening links contained within messages. This is a measure that's been showing up in several different Google apps of late, from Gmail to Drive and beyond. It's strictly an option, however, so users will need to activate the option in order to take advantage of this function.
Mailbox is still giving away a full gigabyte of free Dropbox space for those users who link Dropbox (News - Alert) accounts with Mailbox, and given that Mailbox not so long ago added the ability to integrate Dropbox for attachments, the package works together pretty well and gives a great incentive for users of one service to turn to another, opening up the largest possible pool of potential users.
It's hard to look askance at a service that's regularly retooling and adding new features. New features commonly mean added value for current users and an extra reason for those who don't use the service to step in and become current users. Granted, not everyone will find Mailbox worthwhile, but for those who use a lot of Google services, this may be a great way to bring several of these services together and get more out of same. It remains to be seen just how successful this approach will ultimately be, but it's a good bet that a lot of users will find extra value waiting, and possibly some new users will discover the value for the first time.