Sunrise calendar app is officially no more

Sunrise calendar app is officially no more

In a Tuesday announcement, software giant Microsoft has revealed that the Sunrise calendar app – the popular calendar app which Microsoft acquired last year – has officially been discontinued.

According to the announcement, users of the Sunrise app will -- as of Wednesday, September 14, 2016 -- not be able to access their accounts either via the app or through the website. The calendars of the Sunrise app have also stopped updating.

However, with Microsoft already having confirmed earlier that the Sunrise calendar app will be replaced by the Outlook calendar, the company said on Tuesday that some of the best features of Sunrise have now been delivered to the Outlook calendar via a major update to Outlook on iOS and Android.

Revealing that the update also marks the addition of some new features to the Outlook calendar, Microsoft said that the overall design of Outlook calendar is now quite similar to the old Sunrise app. Moreover, the colored icons used in the in-app calendar will also be quite familiar to Sunrise users.

As a result of the infusion of Sunrise's design focus and other noteworthy Sunrise features, as well as the introduction of a few new features, the Outlook calendar is now more capable at handling specific locations for events. Furthermore, it now fills in locations for meetings and appointments by using Bing, and allows users to open maps and directions directly from calendar entries.