Autohosted Apps are Dead…Big Deal! MTC Architect Richard diZerega shares his top-10 list for why autohosted apps are inferior to provider-hosted apps. When Microsoft introduced SharePoint’s Application Model, they released a preview hosting option called "autohosting". Autohosted apps were exclusive to SharePoint Online and allowed developers automatically provision websites and (optional) databases in Windows Azure on-demand. Developers didn’t even need a Windows Azure account...everything is provisioned automatically in a Microsoft-owned Azure tenant. In Richard's early app work, he made heavy use of autohosted apps. He even presented the very first autohosted apps session at the 2012 SharePoint Conference. However, it didn’t take long for him to gravitate to provider-hosted apps and abandon autohosting completely. Last week, Microsoft announced an end to the autohosted app preview. See Richard's top-10 list for why autohosted apps are inferior to provider-hosted apps here.

Microsoft Conference Recordings Posted. Microsoft just hosted several technical conferences including ones about Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and TechEd. If you missed the conferences and want to review the content, MTC Architect Dean Suzuki has compiled where you can find the recordings for these conferences. More information here.

Upcoming Live Webcasts:
Virtual Lab: Building a line of business application with Microsoft Project Siena.
Friday, May 23rd (11:00am - 12:30pm Eastern)
Learn how to build a rich line of business application for Windows 8 without writing code. Jason Piccola and Michael Gannotti from the MTC Philadelphia will walk you through, step-by-step, how to build your first app. Online attendees will need a PC to view the webcast as well as a Windows 8 machine to build and test their application. More information here.

Brownbag Session: Managing Teams and Projects With Office 365
Friday, May 30th (11:00am - 12:30pm Eastern)
Are putting together a team or maybe you have been put in charge of managing a team project? How do you go about pulling everyone together, keeping everyone on the same page, tracking progress, capturing deliverables, etc.?

This virtual workshop hosted by the MTC Philadelphia is intended to provide you hands on experience around setting up and configuring an Office 365 site that can do all these things and more. During the session we will:

  • Set up a site for our team
  • Add lists, libraries, and web parts to facilitate our team/project
  • Create rich media tips and trips as well as capture video of our meetings and then post to our site
  • Set up our project plans and allocate tasks to team members
  • Engage in meeting note taking and task allocation with a shared notebook
  • Set up workflow around deliverable documents

For this session you will need access to an Office 365 site as well as have Microsoft Office 2013 (we will be using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), Microsoft Lync 2013, and Microsoft Project 2013. If you don't have these you can get trial versions for the session here.

This is a brown bag session so grab your lunch, or better yet, grab a bunch of colleagues and watch together in a conference room. The session will be interactive so also bring your questions. All files/materials for the session will be made available as a zipped download on the streaming page the day of the session. The session will be streamed live. More information here.