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Upgrade your previous version Common Data Service database, apps, and flows

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Learn how to upgrade your previous version Common Data Service (CDS) database along with any canvas apps and flows that depend on it to the new CDS for Apps database. Or, delete your previous version CDS database and create a new empty CDS for Apps database.

Create Business Apps using PowerApps and Azure Functions

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Read this blog post to create a sample PowerApps canvas app which uses an Azure function along with Azure Table Storage via custom connectors protected by Azure AD

Automatically format your formula!!

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Hi everyone. In our latest release, you can now automatically format your formulas! You can take all those very compact formulas, that can be very difficult to read and understand, and make them…

Republish your apps to get performance improvements and additional features

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With the PowerApps platform, you can build great apps and deploy them to your end users, but sometimes you make an app and don’t update it for many months. When you open the app in the studio, it…

Get paid to make PowerApps better with new user research opportunities

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PowerApps User Research wants to hear from YOU! We are building a user research panel of participants who have experience with PowerApps and want to make it better for all customers. Join our panel today by taking this 5 minute survey.

Auto-generate thumbnails using an Azure Function and Azure Blob Storage

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Now that you can use the Azure Blob Storage connector inside of your canvas PowerApp, you can leverage the advanced capabilities of Azure functions inside of your Azure blob storage. A common…

Comment your PowerApps code!

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We are happy to announce the formula commenting feature for PowerApps. Have you ever inspected a PowerApps formula and wondered just what the author was trying to accomplish? Or, maybe you’ve…

Build 2018 Event Recap – Business Application Platform

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We had a great Microsoft Build this year with several sessions related to PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and Common Data Service for Apps – but if you were not able to attend in person all of our sessions are posted online to watch on-demand.

American Red Cross: Power platform customer success story

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Nick Gill is a Training Specialist at the American Red Cross. He used the Power platform to create a supply ordering system for instructors to order the necessary supplies for their First Aid and CPR classes. This is a PowerApps real world story that includes a video testimonial from Nick and a link to his presentation at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit.

International region updates for Canvas apps

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If you live in Mexico or the United Kingdom you may have noticed that Canvas apps don’t quite get the international settings right.   We have lacked a consistent map of languages and regions across the Studio, the web player, and the mobile players. With the release coming next week (v3.19032) we have fixed this.  As … Continue reading “International region updates for Canvas apps”

Welcome our new PowerApps MVPs!

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If you have spent any time in the PowerApps Community, you have probably noticed regular voices through community blog posts, events, and social media. Our MVPs are an elite group of makers who create extensible solutions, share their knowledge, and inspire. The skills and voice of our MVPs are invaluable to our community and it … Continue reading “Welcome our new PowerApps MVPs!”

Configure easy dependent drop downs in PowerApps

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Dependent drop downs, also known as “cascading drop downs” is the scenario where making one selection on a drop down filters the options available for selection on a following drop down. This is a common scenario across business forms in order to optimize the form filling out experience for the user. For example, filtering cities that … Continue reading “Configure easy dependent drop downs in PowerApps”

Announcing the PowerApps how-to video series

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Over the next two months, we’re continuing to roll out a series of deep-dive videos on the Official PowerApps YouTube channel. These videos teach a wide variety of app building concepts and provide examples from our PowerApps Office templates so you can get hands on.

Meet the PowerApps Champions

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Our Champs have used PowerApps in ways that are redefining their organizations, their careers, and their lives. Read about their impact–find out what makes them Champions.

Experts, peers, and product developers want to hear your voice at Power Summit Phoenix.

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Power Summit is an upcoming live conference featuring high-level insider knowledge from Microsoft and user-produced education on how to maximize the performance of the Microsoft Power Platform, covering Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow.

Extending Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations with PowerApps Blog Series

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Extending Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations with PowerApps

New Updates: Apps for Android and iOS, rules enhancements and additional icons.

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New Updates: Apps for Android and iOS, rules enhancements and additional icons.

Canvas debugging with Results View

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Lots of debuggers allow you to see the value of an expression simply by selecting it in the source.   You’ll recognize an example immediately: Wouldn’t it be great if Canvas apps had this same facility?  Imagine: Think about the implications. You don’t need to flip to the File menu and then navigate to the collection … Continue reading “Canvas debugging with Results View”

View and Manage the apps being built by your organization!

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Last month, we added a capability for IT admins to get visibility on the apps by downloading the list of apps built in their organization. With the launch of the ‘App Resources List,’ admin will now be able to manage their organization’s app from the PowerApps admin center.

Design Guidance – Linking controls for easy design edits

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Editing the look and feel of apps can seem like a time-consuming task. However, with some easy tips on linking controls redesigning apps can be incredibily easy. Linking controls empowers app development and makes it easy to rebrand for multiple customers.

Connect to custom on-premises APIs using data gateway

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Learn how to extend workflows and business apps, by connecting to your on-premises RESTful APIs using the custom connector platform and on-premises data gateway.

PowerApps is Hiring!

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The PowerApps team is looking for passionate software engineers and program managers to help us build the best business app creation platform for the cloud first, mobile first generation.

Giving Consumers Color and Text Size Configuration Options

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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.)

App Creation Tips: Best Practices in App Icon Design

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Best Practices for PowerApp Icons Are you considering the design of your app icons when publishing new PowerApps in your organization? Based on industry standards, app icons can be more important than meets the eye! Let’s take a few moments this week and think about the importance of app icons.

Fun with Gallery Graphics and SharePoint Lists

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PowerApps makes it very easy to design forms that include graphics; both images and graphs. This blog shows how to combine three fun tactics into one gallery control: 1. Pick up images from the SharePoint List Picture Column HyperLink (images are stored in my OneDrive for Business Folder named “CategoryIcons”) 2. Create my own Bar Graphic based on List Data 3. Filter the Data Using Images in the Group Legend