auto hosted versus provider hosted apps

Mar 18, 2014 at 5:46 AM
We are building intranet application on office 365 and SharePoint online , most of the implementation is using SharePoint auto hosted apps. These apps are mostly for branding and deploying customizations.

We heard that Microsoft is recommending provider hosted apps over auto hosted apps, is that true ? any specific reason for not using auto hosted apps for “production implementations” ?

I know that auto hosted apps are not allowed in MS store and may be since it creates Azure web sites it could be cumbersome (or less control) for operations teams to manage. Kindly share any thoughts or recommendations.
Mar 18, 2014 at 6:51 AM
Autohosted option has been in preview status since the SharePoint 2013 release and have not been recommended to be used in production in general. This statement has not changed and in general we recommend to use provider hosted pattern in production usage to avoid any surprises in future.

Preview status means that it's more meant for developers to test and to provide feedback on it. We might still change some of the implementation details around it, since it has not been officially cleared for production usage. We do not recommend using autohosted in production right now.
Marked as answer by vriddhi on 3/17/2014 at 11:58 PM
Mar 18, 2014 at 6:58 AM
thanks Vesaj, any timelines for making auto hosted production ready?
Mar 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM
Unfortunately there's no official timelines which we can share at this time.