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Top Alternatives to Sunrise (2022)

Sunrise was one of the most popular calendar apps in the market until it met the same fate as Wunderlist - acquisition by Microsoft and then shut down. In this blog post, we have compiled a few apps with overlapping features with Sunrise. So let's jump in.

Sunrise was one of the most popular calendar apps in the market until it met the same fate as Wunderlist - acquisition by Microsoft and then shut down.

It was initially announced that Sunrise's features would be integrated into the Microsoft suite, most notably into Outlook, but it is far from the Sunrise experience.

So it is natural to look at other apps that could be an alternative to the Sunrise experience.

In this blog post, we have compiled a few apps with overlapping features with Sunrise. So let's jump in.

Google Calendar

Arguably the most popular calendar application in the world right now, Google Calendar has come a long way since its early days.

If you are familiar with the Google Suite of products, then you likely know that Google Calendar is at the epicenter of quite a few of them.

Google Calendar solves most of the common requirements of the average digital calendar user, including meeting scheduling, task scheduling, Out-of-Office feature, reminders, multi-calendar support, etc.

One of the best things about Google Calendar is that it is free to use and comes with every free and paid Gmail account, which increases its accessibility significantly.

Routine Calendar

We built Routine to give your calendar the features that your average second-generation digital calendars do not possess.

The Routine calendar also doubles up as a planner and a task manager making it easy for you to manage your time and work. Along with in-meeting notes and tasks, your events on the Routine calendar are much more actionable and effective.

It comes with a powerful console that you can use to schedule events, tasks, etc., in a flash using natural language commands.

There are also additional options like postpone, ignore, and delete that you can use to manage your calendar more efficiently.

Also, Routine is currently free to use and is available for Windows, iOS & macOS devices.

Apple Calendar

Like Google Calendar, the Apple Calendar comes as part of a suite of native products built and managed by Apple.

You can manage events from multiple calendars (including Google Calendar) using your Apple Calendar (iCloud) account.

Apple Calendar also allows you to create separate calendars for different areas of your life, just like other first-generation calendars, and color code them for quick access.

You can also add a few details to your events and tasks on the Apple Calendar, including text, location (Apple Maps), etc.

The experience of using the calendar is also pretty smooth and fast, making it the default calendar of choice for many casual iOS and macOS users.

Fantastical

Having won the Mac App of the Year 2020 and the Apple Design award 2016, the Fantastical calendar comes with a fair bit of pedigree, and rightfully so.

Fantastical has a user-friendly interface with multiple views, including detailed full-screen views for all apple devices, excluding Apple Watch.

It also allows you to add tasks alongside calendar events, making managing your time and task pipeline easier.

The app helps you quickly add your most frequently used events and tasks through event and task templates.

Overall, the Fantastical user experience on their desktop app feels intuitive and makes managing your calendar much smoother.

Cron

Having been recently acquired by Notion, Cron made many of the right moves in the calendar market.

As far as user experience is concerned, you can resize your spacing on calendar grid density and color code your events, making it easy to use.

You can also switch between different time zones seamlessly and edit the number of days you can see on the screen using shortcuts which is very handy.

For faster operation, you'll also be able to use configurable global keyboard shortcuts.

Like Routine, access to Cron is currently invite-only.

And with that, we come to the end of this post. We feel these apps are suitable replacements for those who are used to the Sunrise experience.

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