Sunrise Calendar hits Apple Watch

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Sunrise Calendar, a cross-platform calendar application that Microsoft bought four months ago, just announced immediate availability of its Apple Watch app. With Sunrise for Apple Watch, you can see all of your upcoming events, get custom notifications and check all the details for your next meeting at a glance.

In addition to supporting Microsoft Exchange and iCloud, Sunrise is the only iOS calendar alternative that does push for Google Calendar.

And yes, that feature is now available on your wrist, too!

“We won’t lie, building an app for a brand new device like the Apple Watch was tough”, said the team. “We did our best and built Sunrise for Apple Watch as an extension of the iOS app on your wrist with all the essentials of your calendar.”

Pictured above: the Apple Watch app at left, a glance in the middle and Sunrise’s wrist notification at right.

In the Apple Watch app itself, you can scroll through your events for today as well as for upcoming days. To get more details about any event, just tap it to check out the attendee list or location.

To change your RSVP status, use Force Touch.

Sunrise’ glance shows only key details about an event such as when it starts, where it is and who you’re meeting with.

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The app’s support for rich notification delivers invitation requests, times, durations, event reminders and confirmations on your wrist. If you want to RSVP on the spot, tap the notification to go to the main Apple Watch app.

Notifications even include maps previews, which you can tap to jump straight into directions with Apple Maps for Apple Watch.

In addition to buying Sunrise in February 2015, Microsoft recently gobbled up 6Wunderkinder GmbH, the makers of Wunderlist, another cross-platform productivity software which has more than thirteen million users worldwide.

Speaking of calendars, rival Flexibits yesterday released Fantastical for Apple Watch with dictation and a customizable glance.

Read my review of Fantastical for Apple Watch here.

The 24.8-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later. Support for Apple Watch requires an iPhone with iOS 8.2 or later.

Sunrise Calendar is free in the App Store.