Friday, April 8, 2016

Outlook for iOS and Android now includes calendars from Evernote, Facebook, and Wunderlist

Microsoft's Sunrise acquisition is starting to pay off for users of the Outlook email app on Android and iOS. Today the company announced a new feature called Calendar Apps, which lets you integrate calendars and to-dos from other apps — Facebook, Evernote, and Wunderlist to start — and puts it all in one place next to your everyday calendar. "By connecting your calendar with a wide range of services, Outlook will be able to provide you with a far better view of your day, week and months ahead," the Outlook team wrote in a blog post.

The three services offered at launch all work as you'd expect; Facebook's calendar shows your upcoming events and lets you RSVP right within Outlook. (Doing anything more than that requires jumping over to the Facebook app.) As long as they've got a due date, Wunderlist's to-dos will show up in Outlook's "all day" section, and you can tap into them for any notes you've added. Same goes for Evernote; notes with reminders appear inside Outlook, and you can hop over to the Evernote app if you need to make changes.

Microsoft makes clear that the Sunrise team played a key role here. "We’ve been hard at work bringing all the goodness and extra features from their app directly into our calendar to give you a single, powerful app for managing your personal and professional life." Users can expect "additional Calendar Apps and integrations with Skype for Business, OneNote and more" in the coming months. But you don't need to wait for these new Facebook, Evernote, and Wunderlist calendars; they're available in the latest version of Outlook for Android and iOS, out today.

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