Power Apps or Power App is a tool that allows us to create custom / personalized apps, accelerating many of the features of the Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft platform. These Power Apps can be accessed via the browser or via mobile devices.
The main aim of power app is to “Build Business Apps Without Code!” That’s right – no programming skills required.
In the world of the information worker you will handle information that is probably stored across different software suites, like SharePoint, Salesforce, Excel file, Access database, … Typically, you would like your end-users to be able to browse and/or modify this data in a general user-friendly, and preferably mobile, way. Microsoft Power Apps allows people, without any development skills, to build applications that are mobile friendly on top of their data. Allowing other people to use the built application to browse the data and maybe even modify it.
Below diagram can illustrate how the power app works.
Power Apps provide features like creating a mobile business apps with few clicks (No Code). Allows to embed excel like tooling, runs on every device, bring your own data, easy to deploy and connects to everywhere securely.
Below are the navigation within the Power App screen window.
Power Apps has huge number of built in connectors which can connect your Power App with the number of data sources.
Custom Connector Support –
It also supports custom connectors and ability to include and manage custom connectors in DLP policies. These connectors must also be added to a policy via the PowerShell or Flow Template and will then be manageable in the Admin Portal.
There are two types of applications which acts as a platform to the building Power App : Canvas and Model-Driven.
Canvas Apps –
Canvas apps are built without code and are configured using a drag-and-drop UI similar to PowerPoint. This gives users a high-level of control over the user experience and can make the interface clean and intuitive. These apps are meant for simple and specific use-cases, such as submitting an expense report and can connect to both Microsoft (Sharepoint, SQL, etc.) and non-Microsoft (Twitter, Dropbox, etc.) data sources.
Model-Driven Apps –
Model-driven apps are built using the Dynamics 365 framework and can only connect to the Common Data Service as their data source. These applications are more suited to complex scenarios with multiple functions and utilize the Unified Interface UX.
CRM Dynamics 365 Connection to Power App –
The Dynamics 365 connector is deprecated. For more information, see Dynamics 365 connector deprecation announcement.
A. Use the Common Data Service connector when connecting to the Common Data Service used for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation.
B. To convert your app that uses the deprecated Dynamics 365 connector, go to Converting canvas apps with the Dynamics 365 connector.
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