Microsoft delays Sunrise calendar's death to bring more features to Outlook
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Microsoft delays Sunrise calendar's death to bring more features to Outlook

At the eleventh hour, the popular Sunrise calendar app’s execution has been stayed—though not permanently.

Microsoft purchased Sunrise’s parent company in February 2015 to bolster Outlook’s capabilities. And in a post last October, Microsoft confirmed plans to kill Sunrise, though it promised that “We will leave Sunrise in market until its features are fully integrated into Outlook, the exact timing of which we will communicate in advance.” This past March, the Sunrise blog confirmed that the app would be shut down completely on August 31.

Yesterday was August 31. Microsoft didn’t announce a delay in Sunrise’s demise—but many of Sunrise’s most beloved features have yet to transfer over to Outlook. So PCWorld published Sunrise Calendar is gone, and Microsoft Outlook can’t replace it, a hard look at Microsoft’s broken promises. Shortly after publication, Microsoft representatives reached out to the author.

“[W]e have chosen to wait a little longer in order to deliver a few more Sunrise-inspired features in Outlook,” the company told PCWorld. “Once those features are released, the Sunrise app will officially be shut down.”

This temporary reprieve means the sun isn’t setting on Sunrise just yet. But with the service still marked for death, you may want to consider switching to an alternative calendar app—or just resign yourself to the fact that you’ll be switching to Outlook at some unknown point in the future.

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