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App.StartScreen: a new declarative alternative to Navigate in App.OnStart

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There is a new declarative way to control the first screen shown in a Canvas app: App.StartScreen. It is our first step in providing declarative alternatives for all the things that are done in App.OnStart today. App.OnStart is the source of many app load performance issues as it’s imperative nature prevents many optimizations. Not only that, declarative alternatives are easier to use and less error prone.

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Power Fx coming to Model-driven Power Apps, Dataverse, and more

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Announcing Power Fx integration with Model-driven Power Apps commanding and Dataverse calculated columns and rollups. We have also partnered with Acumatica to evaluate how Power Fx can be leveraged with the low code/no code experience they offer to their customers. And finally we have an update on our planned open source architecture.

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Formula Bar Changes

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The standard Canvas formula bar is better than ever, including more natural Enter and Tab key behavior and a scrollbar. The previously experimental formula bar is being retired.

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What is Microsoft Power Fx?

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Microsoft Power Fx is the low code language for expressing logic across the Microsoft Power Platform.  It is the same language that is at the heart of Microsoft Power Apps canvas apps today and is inspired by Microsoft Excel.   It enables the full spectrum of development from no code to pro code with no cliffs in between, enabling diverse teams to work together and saving everyone time and money.  We are very excited to bring it to more of the Power Platform and to share it with everyone as open source.  Only through a strong user community can a language grow and flourish.

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Enhanced component properties

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Enjoy two new experimental features for formula based components. Behavior properties enable a component to fire a custom event into its container, such as OnChange. Property parameters enable the passing of arguments for a property evaluation, providing our first steps toward formula based user defined functions.

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