Microsoft Adds Facebook, Evernote, Wunderlist Connections to Outlook, Thanks to Sunrise

The Outlook app on Android and iOS is finally getting the new app integration that we knew was coming, thanks to Microsoft’s acquisition of Sunrise, the best damn calendar app on the planet that Microsoft is killing. In the next version of Outlook, you’ll be able to connect to Evernote, Facebook, and Wunderlist accounts, making your Outlook calendar a place for managing multiple apps and tasks.

If you used Sunrise at all in the past, this integration will be familiar. If you are new, well, this is the basic idea. With an integration or “Calendar App,” you connect Outlook to other apps, like Evernote, Facebook, and Wunderlist. Once connected, you can see things like Wunderlist or Evernote items with due dates in your calendar, but you can see other to-dos with a simple touch. With Facebook connected, your Facebook events will appear on your calendar, but are also shortcuts to the events in the Facebook app.  (more…)

Microsoft Kills Astoria, Its Android-to-Windows App Porting Tool

At last year’s Build conference, Microsoft announced four ways for application developers to bring their apps over to Windows 10. They called them the four “Bridges,” which included tools for porting over apps on the web, Win32, iOS, and Android. For whatever reason, since that initial announcement, rumors and other signs from Microsoft have pointed to the Android bridge – codenamed “Astoria” – being killed off in favor of the iOS bridge – codenamed “Islandwood.” Today, Microsoft confirmed that “Astoria” is indeed dead.  (more…)

OneDrive Promo Allows Users to Keep Their 15GB of Storage if They Want It

Last month, Microsoft announced that it would lower the amount of storage free users were receiving on OneDrive, bringing them down from 15GB, to just 5GB. Naturally, people were pissed, taking to the forums and calling Microsoft out for the move. Now, Microsoft has announced a new promo for those who intend on fighting for their 15GB of free storage. (more…)

Cortana Exits Beta, Available for Select Android and Cyanogen OS Powered Devices

Cortana, the digital assistant made to be the perfect companion for Windows users, has officially exited beta, made available to a number of select iPhone, Android, and Cyanogen OS powered devices. In late August, a public beta was made available of Cortana, and since then, the Cortana team at Microsoft has been consistently adding features and fixing bugs.  (more…)

OneNote Updated, Brings “Badge” Floating Icon for Quick Notes

Microsoft’s OneNote application is receiving an update on Google Play, bringing with it a new “Badge” feature that allows users to take notes regardless of what is taking place on their smartphone or tablet. Think of Badge as you would a Facebook Chat Head. The floating Badge can go on top of any app you are using, such as web browsing or your gallery, allowing you to take notes anytime you need it.  (more…)

Microsoft Kills Sunrise Calendar, Will Fold Features Into Outlook (MEH.)

In mid-2014, a calendar app called Sunrise made its way to Android. I adopted it day 1 and have stuck with it ever since because, well, it’s awesome. It not only works with your Google calendars, but it integrates with a whole bunch of other stuff, like Asana tasks, Facebook events, SongKick concerts, your favorite sports teams’ schedules, and more. Seriously, even after Google made the stock Google Calendar all pretty last year, I couldn’t make it as seamlessly powerful as Sunrise and after a short 2-week cheat period, came running back to the third party calendar maker.

We have featured Sunrise in write-ups for our “This is My Android” series, called it a top app of 2014, and even mentioned it as one of the first 15 apps I install on every single new device. I don’t know that it’s the best calendar app available, but it is certainly up there and I can’t live without it. Unfortunately, I have no choice and will soon have to.  (more…)