Over a year ago, Microsoft had acquired one of the most popular and productive calendar apps for desktops, mobiles and tablets, Sunrise in a deal worth $100 million. We then saw the company integrate most of Sunrise’s features into its Outlook app for Android and iOS.
The Sunrise app was still continued though. Unfortunately, Sunrise today announced via a blog post that it’s finally time to say goodbye.
We already knew this was coming. Half a year ago, when the Redmond giant revamped its Outlook app for iOS and Android, integrating the features of Sunrise and Acompli, the company had indicated that the parent apps would eventually see a dawn. The redesigns and new features were welcomed with open arms.
The Sunrise team was, hence, working hand in hand with Microsoft’s Outlook team. Today the company announced that the Sunrise app will no longer be supported or developed and come August 31, it will be removed from the app stores completely.
The blog post announcing this development reads:
The entire Sunrise team is now working side-by-side with the Outlook team and it’s a thrilling moment for us to work on an app of this scale. Unfortunately, as all good stories go, there’s a sad bit to it: we’re not able to support and update Sunrise anymore. No new features. No bug fixes. For us, that’s the definition of a lousy app and it’s not a user experience we want to leave you with. For this reason, we’ll be removing Sunrise from the app stores in the next few days. On August 31st, we’ll officially shut down the app and it will stop working all together.
The announcement, though, comes with a promise that all the popular features of Sunrise– interesting calendars, event icons and calendar apps– will be available for users to enjoy on Outlook.