Earlier today, Microsoft announced their plans to discontinue the preview program for autohosted SharePoint apps
, one of the two type of cloud app model approaches to SharePoint development. This really shouldn't come as a surprise to customers... the primary place we saw autohosted apps was in demos... for many customers production just wasn't suitable because you couldn't access the deployed website and database resources.
However as always, there are likely a good number of customers who used this preview technology in production. This is the risk of being an early adopter... relying on preview tech has some risks and one of which is they may pull the rug out from under you.
For those of you who did this, Microsoft has provided an article on MSDN on guidance for converting your autohosted apps to provider-hosted apps
. The paper takes an autohosted app and shows you how to take it to a provider-hosted app. You can see the starting and ending point from two code samples provided in the new GitHub OfficeDev account, specifically this repository: GitHub: Auto-Hosted-Migration-Code-Samples
From my point of view, this is a good thing. Features and products that sit perpetually in preview mode does not help the customer. We need to bank on the stuff we know will be part of the production system. Autohosted apps were never more than toys... you couldn't manage them once they were deployed, you were limited in what you could do with them, they weren't deployed to the real Azure... it was a subset of the Azure features managed by the Office 365 team.