Microsoft has purchased Sunrise, the makers of the cross platform Sunrise Calendar app, according to a report from TechCrunch. The deal, worth “at least $100 million,” gives Microsoft another tool in its quiver for expanding the company’s productivity offerings across a variety of mobile platforms.
Sunrise allows users to sync their calendars from a variety of sources, including Google Calendar, iCloud, Facebook and Microsoft Exchange, and access all of that information in a convenient package. It’s also massively cross-platform: Sunrise has apps available for Chrome, iOS, Android, Mac and Amazon’s FireOS.
It’s a move that will bolster the Redmond-based tech giant’s talent pool for further developing a version of Outlook that spans mobile platforms. Microsoft launched a new version of Outlook for iOS and Android last week, which was based on its acquisition of Acompli last year. Buying Sunrise would provide a host of new technology that could be used to improve the calendar features in Outlook for iOS and Android.
Those two deals show an interesting side to Microsoft’s direction under Satya Nadella. It’s clear that the company is interested in producing products for platforms outside its own, and it’s not afraid to throw some cash around in order to make it happen.
A representative for Microsoft declined to comment on this report.