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Play videos in Azure, create apps from templates in a browser, use a device’s native camera, and more

In the most recent PowerApps update, 2.0.610 and 2.0.611, we’re excited to share a host of improvements around creating and running apps.

 

Use Azure Media Services

You can use PowerApps to build and run apps with media hosted on Azure Media Services.

  1. From your Azure Media Services account, locate and publish your video asset from Settings > Assets.
  2. After the video is published, copy its URL.
  3. From PowerApps, add the Video control from Insert > Media.
  4. Set the Media property to the URL that you copied.

As this graphic shows, choose any streaming URL that AMS supports:

AMS with Powerapps

If you don’t have an Azure Media Services account, you can create and store videos in Azure by following these steps:

  1. Create an account for Azure Media Services.
  2. Upload the media.
  3. Encode your media.
  4. Publish your video to get the URL to the content.

 

Create apps from a template in a browser

Template apps showcase real world scenarios with sample data and are also a starting point to learn how PowerApps. With this update, you no longer need PowerApps Studio on Windows to create apps from templates. You can now create apps from templates from any supported browser. To learn more about creating and running apps from templates see here.

App From Template

 

Add Picture control with images from the Camera

We heard feedback from customers who wanted to add high-resolution images from the cameras on their mobile devices. With this update, if you insert an Add picture control into an app, users can tap the control to add a picture from their photo library or the native camera on their mobile device. See the graphic below on the choice to select the native camera. 

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Automatically connect to Microsoft services such as SharePoint, Office, and OneDrive

If you’re launching an app using a Microsoft service such as OneDrive, SharePoint, or Office, PowerApps will automatically create a connection to that service if one doesn’t already exist. You won’t have to configure connections to those services so you can create your app faster. However, users with whom you share the app will still have to consent to those connections before they run it.

Auto connect to Microsoft services

 

We’ve also boosted performance and let you magnify an app using a browser’s zoom feature. We would love to get your feedback – please post your comments and questions on our forums.

 

Happy app building!

-PowerApps Team.