App Review: Sunrise Calendar

It’s been quite some time since I’ve reviewed an app but today is the day.

If you remember, a few years ago, I fell in love with a calendar application called “Tempo” (R.I.P.). Sadly, it was bought by a company and discontinued. So I’ve had to rely on Apple’s calendar, which, though functional, doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that I’d like in a smartphone calendar (Gosh! Reading that, I realize I’ve become real elitist when it comes to apps). Anyway, for months, I could not find a calendar app worth more than 3 days of my time and 5KB of my memory. But, this past month and a half, Sunrise has been holding my attention. Sunrise was acquired by Microsoft and is a calendar and email application that allows you to merge everything from your Google Calendar (not anything too spectacular) to your Evernote account (pretty darn cool for my Evernote enthusiasts) and everything between (Yes, Facebook too, if you’re one to accept invitations on there regularly). Of course, it’s cloud-based, which makes it 10 times better than the Apple calendar because I know I can reach it whether I’m on my work computer (a Lenovo laptop), my iPhone, or my Android tablet (well, I would be able to, had I not broken it).

Another cool feature is the calendar keyboard, Meet. Meet allows you, in the middle of a text or email, to provide your availability for a meeting and the person you’re messaging can select the times that work for them out of the options you provide. That way, it reduces the time spent going back and forth about what works for whom. It’s easy to install on your smartphone, and, once you have it, you can place a link to show your availability in any message.

I’m not telling you to get it and keep it because you may not be looking for all of that in a calendar. As I said before, the generic calendar serves its purpose. But if you have a ton of apps that you use to stay organized, it’s kind of nice to be able to access them all at once.

Nothing in life is perfect, right? So Sunrise has been around for a while and because Microsoft bought it out, now the Sunrise team is focused on updating Office 365 and, thus, the July 1, 2015 update of Sunrise was its last. That being said, most of the features on Sunrise have now been integrated into Office 365 so, if you want to check that calendar out as well, feel free to and let me know what you think. I, personally, don’t believe in fixing something if it’s not broken and I found out about O365 after falling head over heels for Sunrise.

Sunrise for iPhone.
Sunrise for Android.

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