Microsoft yanks Azure auto-hosted SharePoint apps service

The company plans to relaunch the program later this year

Microsoft is pulling the plug on a new model of deploying and hosting apps for SharePoint that relied on the company's Azure platform.

The goal of the Autohosted Apps Preview program was to offer SharePoint developers a "friction free" experience for provisioning their apps by tapping Azure resources, but the service fell short of expectations because, in Microsoft's words, it "lacked some critical capabilities."

"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," reads a blog post the Office 365 team published on Friday.

Working in conjunction with the Azure and Visual Studio groups, the Office 365 team hopes to relaunch this service by the end of the year. The Authosted Apps Preview program could be used for apps built for the on-premises SharePoint 2013 server and for the Microsoft-hosted SharePoint Online, the public cloud version of the server that is available as a stand-alone product and as part of Office 365.

"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," the blog post reads.

The Autohosted Apps Preview program will close on June 30, and developers won't be able to create new apps using it after that date. Currently deployed apps will continue to run on the service until further notice.

Developers should transition Autohosted Apps running in production environments to the hosting infrastructure of another provider, according to Microsoft. Instructions for doing so are posted online.

The Autohosted Apps service, introduced with SharePoint 2013's launch, automatically provisions an Azure website and, in some cases, also an Azure SQL database when apps are installed.

The other cloud model, which remains functional, is the Provider Hosted Apps one, in which developers deploy non-SharePoint components on their premises server or on a third-party cloud hosting platform, according to Microsoft.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags cloud computingMicrosoftinternetcollaborationsoftwareapplicationsapplication developmentdevelopment platformsSoftware as a service

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?