One year ago, we announced Visual Studio App Center as the future of HockeyApp. During this journey we listened to you and have continued to improve App Center in every way. We started out with the next generation of your favorite HockeyApp services: distribution, crash reporting and analytics, and added new services exclusive to App Center: Build, Test and Push Notifications. But we didn’t stop there. We continued to build new features that make you even more productive.
Today, after months of work and refinement, we are announcing that HockeyApp will complete its transition fully to App Center in one year on November 16, 2019. We know you are busy building amazing apps, so we have focused on making this transition experience smooth and seamless for you.
Making the Move to App Center
The best migration experience is no migration experience. To make this transition easy, we’ve already started continuously syncing your apps between HockeyApp and App Center. We’ll help you complete the rest of your transition to App Center over the next year:
Get started in App Center right away to start exploring the next generation of HockeyApp services. In App Center, you’ll find your HockeyApp apps ready to go: you can get your work done in App Center through the side-by-side experience, or continue using HockeyApp as you normally would.
While your apps have been migrated to App Center, your data is still tied to HockeyApp. Starting in early 2019, you will be able to complete your migration by moving all of your apps fully to App Center. This will remove the syncing with HockeyApp, and will give you full control of your apps in App Center. You’ll be able to finish moving all your apps whenever you’re ready until November 16, 2019.
November 16, 2019
After this date, all HockeyApp customers will use the next generation of Distribution, Crash Reporting, and Analytics services in App Center and HockeyApp will no longer be accessible. We’re excited about HockeyApp’s future in App Center, and can’t wait for you to experience all the new features in App Center that will greatly improve your ability to quickly deliver high-quality apps!
Follow our transition plan for the latest updates.
The Future is Familiar
Our focus since we launched App Center has been to not only bring you the same great experience you had in HockeyApp, but we strive to exceed your expectations. Every day, our team has been focused on delivering on that vision. Today in App Center, you can not only continue distributing your builds to testers, dig into crash reports and view user download analytics as you do in HockeyApp, but you can also utilize App Center’s new Build, Test and Push services.
Get to the answers you care about faster with the beautiful improved analytics dashboard. Stop having to manually manage iOS provisioning profiles every time a new tester is added to your app. With auto-provisioning we auto-magically handle it for you. We’ve built tons of other new features to help you build better apps faster - from integrations with the public app stores, to handled exceptions and crash event breadcrumbs, to CodePush hotfixes and so much more. We’re excited for you to join the thousands of HockeyApp developers already experiencing the future of app development in App Center!
We’ll Be With You Every Step of the Way
In the last eight years, a core part of our journey with HockeyApp and now App Center, was the close relationship with you, our customers and fellow developers. As you begin your transition, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Our engineers are standing by in App Center and are ready to help answer your questions or assist you with a smooth setup. We’ve built App Center with some great features so far, but this is only the beginning. Please keep sharing your feedback and feature requests so we can continue building the future of App Center together. We’re excited about HockeyApp’s future in App Center and look forward to having you join us on this journey. See you in App Center!