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Sunset for Sunrise

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I have a calendar which I use in place of the standard Google apps to access my Google Calendar. It's called Sunrise Calendar and they have a Chrome app (so it runs on both my Linux desktop and my Chromebook) and an Android app (phone and tablet, including as a widget).

It's a nice application which brings some extra goodness around the edges of Google Calendar.

So I was depressed to read this today (my emboldening):

It's almost time to say goodbye

As some of you might already know, we were acquired by Microsoft last year and have now moved on to work on Outlook for iOS and Android. Different products, same goal: making your day-to-day life easier and more enjoyable to manage.

The entire Sunrise team is now working side-by-side with the Outlook team and it's a thrilling moment for us to work on an app of this scale. 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 this reason, we'll be removing Sunrise from the app stores in the next few days. On August 31st, we'll officially shut down the app and it will stop working all together.

As heartbreaking as this sounds, we're hard at work bringing the magic of Sunrise to the Outlook apps, with all your most loved features - interesting calendars, event icons and calendar apps. We're confident you'll be able to find our special touch there too.

Whether you decide to follow us to Outlook or not, we couldn't go without first saying a massive THANK YOU. You've been with us all the way and Sunrise wouldn't have been great without all of you supporting us, sending us feedback, encouraging us to fix bugs and sharing the app with your friends.

Today, we're taking on a new challenge, helping even more people be more productive on the go. We hope you'll be there with us too.

With love,

Pierre, Jérémy, Joey, Christophe, Victor, Pierre-Elie, Arnaud, Aurélien, Sébastien, Will, Ari, Alice, Silas, Becca, Marie, Aymeric, Bobby, Thibault, Jean

Actually for me the definition of a lousy app is one you discard, even though it still works, when Microsoft cross your palm with silver. Sigh.

Tags: Android, chromebook Written 12/05/16

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