Hi @david - long time no see!
It has been a while, and we’re very close to being at a point where we can share detail. There will be an opportunity to get hands-on with combined Forge/Connect functionality at the upcoming Dev Day on November 10th 2020 as part of our “Team Tour” event - https://events.atlassian.com/teamtour20/home_apac
We’ll be launching an alpha version of this functionality that allows you to declare both Forge modules and Connect modules in a single app manifest, and we’re continuing to work on a pathway for existing Connect apps to update their marketplace listings to support this model.
Until then, I’m happy to talk generally about our plans if you have specific questions.
Hi @HeikoGerlach - I’m glad you were able to find this discussion thread, but I’m sorry to hear that your evaluation of Forge felt like a waste of time. As a former server plugin developer myself, I truly appreciate that the move to Cloud apps can feel like a bit of a shock. Forge is still in beta, so I encourage you to not discount it completely yet, as we still have a lot of work to do and plenty of features in our roadmap. https://trello.com/b/8XBuIeIu/atlassian-platform-for-developers-roadmap
I am happy to discuss further if you need guidance on how you should approach app development in the cloud, or if you’d like to offer feedback on what’s missing in order to fulfil your requirements. Thanks for engaging with us in the developer community.