Microsoft Beefs Up Its Outlook Calendar For Android and Apple Devices

April 8, 2016, 12:50 AM UTC
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Microsoft is trying to make its Outlook email app more of a team player.

The business technology giant said on Thursday that it released a new Outlook tool for Android and iOS that consolidates all the business meetings, tasks, and reminders users enter into other services like Facebook, Evernote, and work productivity tool Wunderlist. These meetings and reminders are then displayed on Microsoft’s Outlook calendar.

With the new feature for Outlook called Calendar Apps, Wunderlist users should be able to see that important coffee meeting in their Microsoft calendar. Likewise, for a Facebook user who accepts an invitation to a friend’s birthday party.

Users will have to sync their Facebook (FB), Evernote, and Wunderlist, accounts to Microsoft (MSFT) Office.

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Microsoft’s goal is to make its own Outlook and related Office software the centralized work hub that keeps track of the daily activities of its users, regardless of whether they use other company’s software.

The new app is a result of Microsoft’s acquisition of the calendar app maker Sunrise last year. Sunrise’s calendar app was popular because of its ability to integrate with multiple services like Google calendars and those provided by the business software company Asana.

Microsoft said in October that it would shutter the Sunrise app after it merged its features with its own Outlook software. The move caused some Sunrise users to grumble because they wanted to continue using the service and not use Microsoft’s product.

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As of Thursday, Sunrise is still available to download, which indicates that not all of its features have been merged into Outlook. Microsoft said more calendar integrations with other apps like Skype for Business and OneNote will come soon, but it did not say when.

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