The team behind Microsoft’s Sunrise Calendar app announced in a blog post on Wednesday that the service will be removed from the Google Play Store and iOS App Store in the coming days. Users who already have the app will be able to continue using it until August 31, the date of its official sunset.

Sunrise, a service that seeks to boost productivity tools for mobile devices, promises that users will find its magic on Outlook with event icons, interesting calendars and more. The service has joined the Outlook team in order to help people be more productive in their everyday tasks.

Microsoft is shuting down Sunrise Calendar
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that it is shutting down its Sunrise Calendar app from Google Play and the iOS App Store. Credit: Google Play

The move comes after Microsoft decided to focus all efforts on improving Outlook by adding popular features from Sunrise such as Calendar Apps, a functionality recently released on Android and iOS that allows users to include information from other services to their Outlook calendar.

“Different products, same goal: making your day-to-day life easier and more enjoyable to manage,” Sunrise’s blog post reads.

The Sunrise team helped add Facebook, Evernote and Wunderlist integration into Outlook last month, according to The Verge. Skype for Business, OneNote integration and additional calendar apps are expected to launch soon.

The New York-based startup is still supporting many other calendar services that are not yet built into the Outlook app and it is yet to see whether Microsoft has plans to add them this year.

How to keep using Sunrise Calendar

Microsoft acquired Sunrise in February 2015 for a reported $100 million. In October, the company announced that the service would be switched off because it had plans to integrate it with Outlook Mobile.

Sunrise Calendar was initially launched in 2013 as an iPhone app by designers Pierre Valade and Jeremy Le Van. The service came to Android and to the web in May 2014.

Let’s see if users stay with Sunrise as it stops being a single app and becomes part of Outlook. Reports by Mashable and TechCrunch suggest that people will probably resent Microsoft’s move, but business is like this.

Source: Sunrise blog