This is X bought Y. Today is February 4th, 2015. Microsoft announced it was going to buy Sunrise, a company that makes a Calendar app that doesn’t suck. According to Techcrunch, Microsoft is paying about $100 million but that hasn’t been confirmed, and Microsoft declined to talk about it.
This feels like yet another move by the new Microsoft under new CEO Satya Nadella. Sunrise is very much about multi-platform, something that Microsoft has shied away from until recently with its launch of Office on iOS and Android. We’ll see how long the standalone product sticks around. This could be more about technology and talent in the long run.