Sunrise was re­cently ac­quired by Mi­crosoft. But don’t let that put you off, be­cause it’s still free. It’s of­ten billed as an al­ter­na­tive to OS X’s Cal­en­dar app, but it’s much more than that.

Sunrise can con­nect to Google Cal­en­dar, iCloud and Mi­crosoft Ex­change, as you’d ex­pect. Of course, it’s also able to

im­port your ex­ist­ing cal­en­dars. Be­yond that, you can also link Sunrise

to so­cial media ac­counts such as FourSquare. By do­ing so, when you

use FourSquare to check in ev­ery time you go to work or the gym, Sunrise will dis­play a record of how many times you’ve gone to that place dur­ing the month.

The app also sup­ports Face­book event in­vi­ta­tions, en­abling you to re­spond to them within the app rather than go­ing to the web­site. And, like all the best cal­en­dar apps, Sunrise sup­ports nat­u­ral lan­guage in­put for cre­at­ing events.

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