Microsoft's Sunrise Calendar gets shut down on August 31 because of Outlook


The image above can be interpreted in two ways - the sun rising or the sun setting. Life and death. For Sunrise Calendar, a favorite app of ours, it's definitely the latter.

When Microsoft acquired one of the best calendar apps for iOS and Android last year, most were hopeful that Redmond will do great things with it. Heck, Microsoft even planned to make it a vital part of the "future of calendaring". Sadly, Sunrise Calendar will get shut down and taken off all app stores come August 31, 2016. 

This was announced in a blog post today by the Sunrise developer team, which is now working hard on Microsoft's Outlook app for mobile devices. It seems working on two apps proved to be a cumbersome task, so Sunrise got the hatchet. It will no longer receive bug fixes and updates, and as the developer team believes this is "lousy", it prefers to shut it down altogether. Sad times!

As a reminder, Outlook comes with a calendar functionality, which has succeeded most of the traits that made Sunrise a nifty and useful app. It is said that Outlook will score some nice Sunrise features in the future, namely interesting custom calendars, event icons, and additional calendar addons. 

source: Sunrise

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10 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Anything MS acquires dies a sad horrible death. With great legends like Mechwarrior franchise, Nokia, Hotmail and now this as well. Nothing new to see here, everyone that knows MS saw this coming.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well I prefer Outlook over Hotmail.

4. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Obviously...since they did nothing with hotmail to update it...

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

MechWarrior franchise was niche, though one I loved from before it even came around as a battltech buff before hand. Big companies normally shut down things or integrate what they need into their corp. Nokia is the one that pisses me off. Not because they bought them, but because the current CEO literally just f'd it like he didn't care. Also Hotmail is still in use and is update just like outlook....so no clue what you mean there.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hotmail, Wonderlist, Minecraft and Xamarin are alive and well...

10. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Outlook Calendar is worse and more ugly than sunrise

2. wilky

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Sunrise Calender is & has been my main Calender app for a good couple of years at least, I use it for alot of things like Football fixtures ect ect, very disappointed Microsoft has decided to close this brilliant & useful app down. Anything Microsoft get their mits on they destroy.

6. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Really? I've had a lot of good times with Sunrise Calendar in the 18 months I'll be using it. Oh well, off to look for another calendar app.

7. Raghavkumar

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

If you want to use a app for years to come without the fear of it getting shut down. Use the Google ones... Except for orkut everything app they stated... Are up, running and getting updates.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Never liked the stupid restriction of being stuck with one color for all calendars, just pointlessly made the use of a digital calendar complicated. Got rid of it after a few weeks and never installed it again...

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