Not many know, but Visual Studio LightSwitch is a self-service development tool that allows you to create business applications fast and easy for both desktop and cloud. The application comes with a simple development environment, allowing you to focus on the application’s logic, instead of its infrastructure.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has officially announced that it will discontinue the development of the Visual Studio LightSwitch. Below you can read the official statement of Microsoft:
“Our vision for LightSwitch was to accelerate the development of line-of-business apps, but the landscape has changed significantly from the time when we first thought about LightSwitch (think mobile and cloud for example). There are now more connected and relevant choices from Microsoft and our partners for business app development.”
It is good to know that the latest version of Visual Studio is Visual Studio 2015, which includes the LightSwitch tool. Keep in mind that Microsoft will keep supporting users with existing LightSwitch apps as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
Unfortunately, the American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, doesn’t recommend developers anymore to use LightSwitch to create new applications. Instead, they are now encouraging the developers to start using the PowerApps application.
PowerApps is another modern solution that allows you to create custom business applications. This application is also increasing the productivity with business applications that can be easily managed, shared and created.
So, if you’ve been using the Visual Studio LightSwitch in the past, it is time to switch to PowerApps. Microsoft wants to make sure that its customers are using the latest tools and features in order to simplify their work. As the company has mentioned, there are other better tools that you can choose from, so if you’re one of the developers who want to create high quality applications, we suggest you to give PowerApps a try.
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