The only constant in life is change. As users, we can all accept this reality.
What makes–or made–Cloud 9 great is the nearly frictionless setup of new instances. Many of us who are educators need this for our students.
What most concerns me is whether continuing to use Cloud 9 (by not opting into AWS) we will be getting the latest/greatest features or whether this is pretty much the end of the road for this product line. The overall tenor of this thread carries a strong implication per se. Even so, the message to existing Cloud 9 users is at best unclear.
Why not communicate to your user base the situation as is? Most of us are grown-ups and can take it. There are other options. For my courses, it’s looking like CodeEnvy will become more of a frontrunner.
So Amazon, if you are listening, please give us what we have now + the transparent use of AWS. We’re happy to train students to work with AWS in advanced coursework. But we need clarity on whether our academic subscriptions can be used for the current and upcoming semesters.