Microsoft has been pushing for a while "PowerApps" as its newest tool for developing line-of-business apps—today, they have said that "LightSwitch is no more recommended for new apps."
Since, Visual Studio 2015, now includes a LightSwitch tooling, therefore, "users are not recommend to begin new application development with LightSwitch," they said. That said, the company will continue providing support to existing LightSwitch applications, that include critical bug fixes and security issues "as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle."
Microsoft team said Visual Studio 2015, has mainstream support active until October 13, 2020.
LightSwitch, codenamed "KittyHawk" was launched back in 2010 with a vision to accelerate the development of line-of-business (LOB) apps. But, the landscape since then has now changed significantly, and more connected and relevant choices from Microsoft as well partners for business app development are available—so, the phasing out of LightSwitch business-app development tool is happening, company stated.
But making on their committement for building modern LOB applications, now aligning its efforts behind PowerApps.
Microsoft PowerApps was launched in 2015, is an enterprise solution to build custom business applications that enables increased productivity with business apps that are easily created, shared and managed.
PowerApps offers a modern, intuitive experience for LOB application development on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. It's a key to Microsoft's Flow event automation service, its Dynamics 365 CRM/ERP service, and evolving Common Data Model entity database, said the Micorosoft official.
Back in 2013, Microsoft had another tool "Project Siena," which was aimed to help non-professional programmers build Windows apps was launched.