The company announced that it will be removing the Sunrise calendar from Android and iOS to allow the Sunrise Atelier team to concentrate on Outlook.
Microsoft has announced that it plans to remove the Sunrise calendar apps from both Android and iOS on August 31, giving users just three more months with service. The company was quick to ease concerns over Sunrise Atelier, the team behind the Sunrise apps, with Redmond confirming the team will be retained to work on Outlook.
The company purchased Sunrise Atelier last year and has been maintaining the mobile calendar applications since then. However, it was always likely the app would be closed eventually as Microsoft already has its own Outlook calendar service and said it would not maintain the Sunrise Calendar indefinitely.
“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.”
Indeed, Sunrise Atelier was largely purchased for what the team could bring to Outlook, and not the Sunrise app. The team has shown its worth by helping in recent Outlook improvements on mobile platforms.
Speaking of Outlook improvements, Microsoft has announced a new update for the Outlook service on Office 365. The Support and Recovery Assistant that gives Outlook users the ability to check user details such as update status, verify credentials, and manage licenses.
This tool is only now making its full release debut, quite a while after it was first launched in beta form a year ago.