For over 30 million mobile users Microsoft Corporation’s festive offer is not just a teaser. On October 28, the company announced that it would have newer, crisper versions of its email client – Outlook-for the world’s popular mobile devices around, namely iPhones and the Android OS Inc.
Microsoft has also announced that it would shut down mobile calendaring app Sunrise. However, Sunrise’s calendaring features will first be integrated with Outlook before closing down the mobile app. Sunrise, it’s team and loyalists are not happy with the announcement, though Microsoft’s intentions to shut down Sunrise were in the news for sometime now.
Mobile version upgrade
Outlook for the mobile will receive an upgrade which will deliver a better user experience to the users, claimed the announcement.
The mobile app upgrade for the iOS version will be more cosmetic in nature with the idea behind the latest update being improving the navigation experience as well as save precious time of the users.
Meanwhile, the Android update will be more, and will see rapid changes in the look and feel with Material Design. A number of user interface features too will be updated, the official blog post claimed.
Microsoft Corporation had purchased Sunrise for $100 million and more in early 2015. The acquisition of the mobile app by Microsoft came quickly, following the wave of popularity the app enjoyed as a mobile-based calendaring app, even as other calendaring services, Tempo, Fantastical 2, Any.do Cal and others crowd the segment.
The blue chip software developer claims that closing down Sunrise was inevitable. The company contended that it found no requirement for two mobile calendaring apps.
Outlook morphed into a mobile app, after Microsoft spent $200 million and more in December of 2014 to acquire a mobile email startup called Acompli. The acquired team continued building email products for two of the most commonly used operating systems, iOS as well as Android.
In its latest rebranded version, Outlook’s sessions per month on mobile are in excess of 1.2 billion. The value-addition the email client brings to mobile users is the ease of accessing files, viewing the files, sharing and scheduling appointments while on the move.