Microsoft merges Sunrise’s best features into Outlook mobile app

Microsoft finally kills Sunrise by bringing some of its greatest features to company's very own Outlook mobile app

By: Tech Desk | Published:September 14, 2016 10:51 am
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Microsoft is finally making the move to transition some of the features of Sunrise to company’s own Outlook app. Microsoft acquired Sunrise last year in February for nearly $100 million and announced plans to bring the features down the line to Outlook mobile app.

Microsoft has started rolling out a new update for its Outlook mobile app on Android and iOS that finally aligns Outlook and Sunrise together. First things first, Sunrise is finally going away. Microsoft has been comtemplating plans to remove the app and integrate it closely with its Outlook app. With the latest addition, Microsoft has put a nail on Sunrise’s coffin.

The single major change with the updated Outlook app is the event icons. With Outlook calendar, users will see event icons matching the event keyword. For example, adding an event with keyword coffee creates a coffee cup while bike ride turns into a bicycle. Sunrise was known for its intuitiveness and Microsoft is bringing that core feature to Outlook mobile app.

While creating an event, users can type an address and Outlook will offer autocomplete and even add a map. Tapping on the map offers directions from Apple Maps or Google Maps depending on your mobile device.

Microsoft is also bringing interesting calendars to Outlook with the new update. With interesting calendars, users can simply bring calendar of their hometown sports team’s calendar and get the events pop up automatically.

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Microsoft is also borrowing Sunrise’s date and time pickers with the latest update. Outlook now supports improved date and time pickers similar to the desktop client. The option is available immediately on iOS and will be available on Android at a later stage.