Microsoft Is Sunsetting Sunrise Calendar App in Outlook Mobile Revamp
The calendar app for iOS and Android will go away as the Outlook mobile app gains its features.Microsoft is folding Sunrise, the popular calendar app for Android and Apple iOS devices, into its Outlook mobile app. And that means Sunrise's days as a stand-alone app are numbered. "The Sunrise team is now officially a part of the broader Outlook product team, bringing a fresh approach to calendaring and combining it with Microsoft's deep expertise in both email and calendar," said Javier Soltero, corporate vice president of Microsoft Outlook, in an Oct. 28 announcement. "Better Outlook calendaring gives you more ability to manage your personal and professional life from a single, powerful app." On Feb. 11, Microsoft announced it had acquired Sunrise Atelier and its namesake app. Microsoft reportedly spent $100 million to bring Sunrise's well-regarded, user-friendly app into its growing mobile productivity software suite. Incidentally, the Outlook apps for Android and iOS hail from Acompli, another Microsoft acquisition. Now, despite assurances by Sunrise's co-founders at the time that the app was "not going anywhere," Soltero announced that the software will one day disappear from app stores but live on within Outlook mobile's enhanced calendaring functionality.
"Over the coming months, you'll see richer calendar experiences come to Outlook from Sunrise—including Interesting Calendars and connections to your favorite apps and services," Soltero said. Microsoft also plans to improve how meetings are scheduled and managed, particularly across time zones.