Managing apps with Save and Publish

We are excited to introduce an explicit Publish action for app authors so they can control when apps are made available to users. This will enable authors to incrementally update the app, and test them inside Studio without publishing any intermediate versions to end users. Users will see the app updates only after app authors have saved and published their changes.

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Boost Operational Responsiveness with Microsoft PowerApps and Nexmo

With Microsoft PowerApps, you can connect to services such as SharePoint, Office 365, and Salesforce to create new data, quickly build apps based on this data (without writing any code), and then publish your apps across web and mobile. PowerApps offers templates for easy adoption, but you can also create our own custom apps with a visual builder tool. With the recent release of a Nexmo connector to PowerApps, you now can also integrate SMS and text-to-speech messaging to your applications. This post demonstrates how you can add Nexmo to your PowerApps, by integrating the connector to a template. Written by Glen Kunene, Editor-in-Chief of the platform marketing team at Nexmo, the Vonage API platform.

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A Few Best Practices in Data Validation

Data Validation within apps and business forms is critical to prevent errors, and to ensure data transactions occur without errors and uncomfortable bottlenecks during submission. In this blog I will be sharing my personal best practices for data validation in the PowerApps that I design. I hope these will help you to enhance your organization's PowerApps too.

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Giving Consumers Color and Text Size Configuration Options

This new app sample was inspired by someone who posted a Forum Idea regarding PowerApp Themes. We really enjoy reading all the forum ideas, and I refer to those who post ideas as our enthusiastic “innovators”. This particular innovator came up with the idea that we should expose our “Themes” (see screen shot below) to the consumer of the app (aka the person running the app), and not only to the designer (or app maker). What an awesome idea! It really shows that they appreciate Empathic Design. Empathic Design is a process that one of my past managers (Karuana Gatimu) has instilled in me. It is a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user's feelings toward a product. As I thought about this further, I realized that this could also be even more relevant in mobile app design because factors around mobility can affect the way we format the screen; low light, screen glare, etc. depending on where the person is when they are running the app. It also could apply to accessibility, especially for people like me who always wants to make the font size bigger! So, will all those good reasons in mind, I decided to see if I could create my own configurable theme, using the features and formulas that are already in PowerApps today. I love what I ended up with, and I hope you will too! (Please let me know if you expand upon this idea for your own PowerApps in the comment area below.)

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Part 2 of Tabbed User Interface - Mobile Version

Last week Carlos gave us an excellent example of a tabbed format within a tablet format PowerApp. Check it out here:: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/design-tips-part-1-handling-tab-control-scenarios-in-powerapps-for-full-screen-formats/. This is another example of a tabbed format for mobile phones. The design is by Mehdi Slaoui Andaloussi who is ingenious when it comes to PowerApps patterns. I've enjoyed using this format as well because it's quick, easy to configure, and data driven.

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