It was bound to happen, as it was already announced back in October 2015: Sunrise will discontinue its popular calendar app.
After it was purchased by Microsoft in early 2015, the Sunrise team partnered with the Outlook team to help integrate its features into Microsoft’s email service.
The startup announced on Wednesday that the app will be pulled out from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store over the next few days. For a few more months, the users will still be able to use the unsupported version of the app, as the official shutdown is scheduled for August 31.
After this date, the app will not be deleted from users’ devices, but it will stop working altogether.
In the same blog post, the team also explained the process behind the decision. After starting to work side-by-side with the Outlook team the Sunrise developers no longer have the time to focus on the calendar app.
“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 fans of the Sunrise calendar app, the team has some good news: the features won’t be forever lost, but instead be further integrated into Outlook. However, its current capabilities are not yet a perfect replacement for the app that’s being shut down.
Features that have long been promised – such as Connected Apps and the Interesting Calendar – will also make an appearance directly on Outlook, so users can follow the progress of the Sunrise team over at Microsoft.
The Sunrise team has already created some pretty useful integrations for Outlook, introducing Facebook, Evernote, and Wunderlist calendar in April this year.
The Outlook mail app started experiencing a revamp in late 2014, with the purchase of Acompli. It was only a couple of months later when an Outlook-branded version of the app was released, underscoring the team’s determination.
If nothing else, the fact that the Sunrise calendar app is shutting down is a reminder that software delivered as a service can disappear at any time, a lot more easily than an app users install on their computer.
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