A few days ago, Microsoft was rumored to purchase the popular cross-platform calendar app, Sunrise Calendar. While we didn’t hear anything official, Sunrise teased the acquisition in their most recent app update. The Sunrise team said, “Today, we’re excited to announce our … new Android app for tablets!” though any word on the purchase was nowhere to be found. With that said, Microsoft has just made it official in a YouTube video interview with Sunrise co-founder Pierre Valade and Acompli co-founder Javier Soltero. The two were being interviewed by Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller, Steve Clayton.
In the video, Valade mentioned that the goal with Sunrise was to make something more useful in the product category that they felt was underestimated by many. The co-founder also says that the app could be used in every part of a persons life, rather than solely for work.
Earlier rumors suggested that Microsoft was willing to buy Sunrise for $100 million, but there is still no official word on the exact amount. When Microsoft acquired the Acompli mail app back in December for north of $200 million, Microsoft rebranded the app under the Outlook name only a few days after the acquisition. We’re not sure what Microsoft’s plans are with Sunrise Calendar, but we wouldn’t doubt it if we saw some Sunrise features roll out to the company’s Outlook services sometime soon.
If you have yet to try Sunrise Calendar, now is a great time to do so. You can download it for free from the Google Play Store.