Update on Autohosted Apps Preview program

Over the last few months, we’ve received a lot of great feedback on the Office 365 Autohosted Apps Preview experience. We heard loud and clear that while the goal of a friction-free development experience with the Autohosted Apps Preview was right on track with what developers wanted, the preview experience lacked some critical capabilities that you needed—for example, the ability to access all the features of Microsoft Azure, better insight and transparency into running apps for debugging and monitoring purposes, and more control and options for scaling apps. We’re working closely with the Azure and Visual Studio teams to incorporate developers’ feedback and evolve the autohosted apps model, as well as to deliver a seamless experience for developers by the end of this year.

We’re announcing today that the Office 365 Autohosted Apps Preview program will end on June 30, 2014. After June 30th, developers will not be able to create new autohosted apps in SharePoint. Apps that are currently running in the service will not be affected or shut down. We’ll post an update on this blog once we have an exact date of the shutdown of autohosted apps running in the service.

If you are currently using autohosted preview apps in a production environment, we recommend that you follow this step-by-step on how to transition autohosted preview apps to provider-hosted apps.

We’re excited about the possibilities we’re evolving for the autohosted app model, and later this year we’ll announce the new capabilities we’ve added to better address developers’ needs. The improved model will include nailing the fundamentals you told us were crucial: streamlined deployment and management, the ability to leverage the full power of Azure, and easy scaling for apps.

Throughout this year we’ll also continue to introduce better integration with Azure for the provider-hosted model. We announced the first of these integration improvements in March at SharePoint Conference 2014—common consent and discovery services—and we’ll continue to add these kinds of improvements going forward to drive developer productivity in Office 365.

As always, we value your feedback and comments. You can provide your suggestions on our UserVoice site.