Microsoft Officially Sunsets Sunrise App


The sun has set on Sunrise: The calendar app this week closed its doors, more than a year and a half after being acquired by Microsoft.

"This is definitely the end of an era. But more importantly, it's the beginning of a new one," the Sunrise Team wrote in a blog post, alluding to its work on Outlook, which now has a handful of new features—including Sunrise-inspired icons. Keywords like "coffee" or "lunch," for instance, automatically trigger a matching symbol to accompany events.

"Icons come in handy when you want to scan your day quickly and see what's coming up," Javier Soltero, corporate vice president at Microsoft, said in a separate blog post. "Also, they're fun."

Starting today, though, Sunrise fans will find themselves logged out of their accounts. "All the information held in your calendar will still be available on the original platform you were using (Gmail, iCloud, Outlook, etc.)," according to Sunrise.

"We're excited by what's ahead and we'd love for you to come and join us in our latest adventure," the company blog said. "We've kept our promise to bring the magic of Sunrise to the Outlook calendar—and the Outlook inbox while we're at it—and we're only getting started."

So is Microsoft, which just added "Interesting Calendars," a new feature that lets users subscribe to their favorite sports teams' schedule to see upcoming events. TV shows and more agendas are coming soon. Available now for iOS users with an Office 365 email address, Interesting Calendars will roll out later this year on Android and to those with an or Gmail account.

The revamped Outlook apps also include a map with event details and updated date and time pickers. A new design also matches Outlook on the Web and desktop. Additional improvements include recurrence editing on a mobile device and the ability to create Skype for Business meetings from your phone.

"We're not stopping here in our quest to provide you with the best calendar experience on iOS and Android," according to Soltero, who encouraged consumers to share ideas via Settings > Suggest a Feature.

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