Near the beginning of 2015, Microsoft went out and acquired the company behind the popular Sunrise Calendar app. As the end of October approaches, the fruits of that acquisition are starting to show up in the form of an overhaul of the Outlook mobile app on both iOS and Android, with a Windows phone update pending. According to Microsoft, the Sunrise team has been rolled into the Outlook product team where they will help bring a “fresh approach” not just to the calendar portion, but the entire user interface for the app. The bad news for fans of the Sunrise Calendar app is that Microsoft plans to end-of-life the product once all features are fully integrated into Outlook.
For the Android version of the Outlook app, the update should start rolling out in early November bringing a Material design interface to mobile devices. Microsoft says the addition of Material elements brings a more cohesive experience to the app, whether users are working with email, contacts or the calendar.
Within the email portion of the app, users will find contact images to the left of email headers, more prominent icons identifying read and unread messages, event invitations, and emails with attachments. The calendar view has received a significant overhaul to the UI thanks to the Material elements and more information is shown about events. Even drilling down into specific events or contact details reveals the influence of Material on the Outlook app.
If you want to give the Outlook app a try on your Android device, use the Play Store link below. Microsoft says they have around 30 million active users of the Outlook app on mobile devices, so you will not be alone.