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Democratizing application development inside Microsoft with the Power Platform

Application development today can present numerous challenges, especially for large organizations with numerous teams working across various workflows and apps at once. With digitalization increasing rapidly, so has the pressure on teams to develop and maintain a multitude of applications to meet current needs. As central dev teams struggle to keep pace with growing demands, it becomes increasingly difficult to address the needs of individual business units and results in painfully long lead times. While Microsoft’s Power Platform enables individuals in the organization to develop apps for their team’s business needs without relying on central dev teams, a new set of challenges arise around the accessibility and reusability of data and apps across the organization. The lack of a central location for teams to co-develop and work from shared data led the Business Application Group (BAG) team at Microsoft to realize an immediate need to democratize app development within its own initiatives.

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What is Microsoft Power Fx?

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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February 25th Vancouver Power Apps User Group: Integrating Apps and Flows into Power BI Reports

February 25th the Vancouver Power Apps User Group will start with May Alhajri, a digital analyst at Schlumberger delivering the first presentation and how to enable writing to the underlying data of a Power BI report using Power Apps. The second presentation will be by myself and a look at an upcoming feature that will enable initiating a Power Automate Flow from a new button type in Power BI.

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Introducing Power Apps mobile app’s new look (public preview)

Power Apps mobile has a “new look” and its now available in public preview. We’ve introduced new experiences like a home page to access your commonly used content and gesture controls to easily favorite or shortcut an app to your home screen. When you update Power Apps from your app store, you can turn on the new look and give us feedback directly from the side menu. Check out this blog to learn more!

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Enhanced component properties

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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Next on-premise update brings the latest version of Unified Interface

The next update to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement On-premises is coming in Q2 2021. This release contains major updates to the Unified Interface with improved performance and a host of new and updated usability features. Now is a great time to start planning and preparing to transition to Unified Interface for Model-driven apps from the legacy web client, and to take advantage of these major improvements!

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February 17th Power Apps Community Call: Building Responsive Applications, with Adaptive Cards, Approvals and more

This moths Power Apps Community call Todd Baginski will start the call with introductions and a quick recap on what it took to build responsive applications before these recent additions. Charles Sterling will introduce Layout containers and how with no or very little code you can get dramatically change your user experience and make your Power Apps respond to layout and size changes. Trainer, MVP and Super User, Reza Dorrani, will walk through one of the highest requested topics how to integrate Adaptive Cards with Power Apps in a responsive design. Crowd favorite, Technical expert and MVP, Tomasz Poszytek will take Adaptive Cards to the next level with Power Automate Approvals. The entire cast will then cover what’s new and exciting this month When: February 17th 8:00AM PST Where: https://aka.ms/powerappscall-join  

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