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.
This is what your Outlook calendar menu will look like with integrations:
These integrations were the reason I loved Sunrise so much and was so mad when Microsoft announced that they were killing it off. If you use a lot of apps that all have events or due dates as a part of their experiences, Sunrise was an app that could bring them all under one house. Now, Outlook is doing it. Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at Microsoft’s all-in-one app.