We first learned of Microsoft’s acquisition of the beloved calendar app over a year ago in February of 2015. At the time, we weren’t entirely certain what the tech titan would be doing with the beloved application, but now it appears that Sunshine Calendar will have its features and team absorbed by Outlook.
Yes, just as the mighty amoeba consumes the lowly paramecium, so too has Microsoft ingested Sunrise Calendar to add to its lifeforce. The Sunrise development team says that they are allowing this to happen because they no longer have time to keep the app updated. Since they are now all working side-by-side with the Outlook team, they won’t be able to devote resources toward keeping Sunrise bug-free and secure. Rather than let the app languish and decay, they’ve opted to remove Sunrise from all app stores over the next few days. Come the end of August 2016, support for the app will cease completely. That means if you’re an avid Sunrise user, you’ll need to find yourself a new scheduler sometime this summer.
The team has posted a heartfelt farewell to the users who made their app’s development possible. Since Outlook apps will be receiving many of the features, those who have grown accustomed to Sunrise’s particular aesthetic might want to give Microsoft’s calendar app a whirl. Let us know your thoughts regarding the demise of Sunrise in the comments, and click the button below to give Outlook a try.