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Announcing general availability of our new Dataverse experiences on Power Apps

When building apps, data is usually the core of your experience – and Dataverse is a natural solution for Power Apps. Dataverse gives us a huge breadth of features to work with so we’ve been investing in familiar and intuitive experiences for our users, so that they can get the best out of Dataverse. This week we announce the general availability of our new data focused experiences and we’re excited to give you a tour of the changes here. Updated list of tables When diving into tables you often want to see what’s already available or find previously used tables to continue to edit. We’ve updated the list of tables to make it simpler to find what you need with extensive support for filtering, sorting, search and have provided some key pivots on this list. We’ve also grouped the table commands in familiar ways to make it easy to find the option you’re looking for. The biggest change you’ll notice here is that tables can now be both Opened and Edited. Opening a table will navigate to the table hub and Editing a table will take you to the new full-screen table designer – we’ll have a look at both of these next! Table hub When you open a table, you’ll see a hub layout giving you an overview of the table with its properties and grouped links for related table components (like forms, views or columns). You’ll also see the top 10 rows of data for the table with controls to include other columns that already exist. This view lets you simply update data in a spreadsheet-style mode, and just like a spreadsheet you can quickly add new columns here too. Diving into related table components, like columns, gives you the detail list of those items, with the same powerful sorting, filtering and searching. And to avoid jumping back and forth you can now switch between these lists with a dropdown in the breadcrumb. Table designer When you need to dive into the full data set, you can edit the table in a full-screen experience that gives you access to all the data in the table (of course, limited by the security roles you have!). For those that are more familiar with side-pane experiences around the Power Platform, you can also use the left pane in this view to manage which columns appear on the table as you edit. Create an app quickly Now that you have found or built your table, it is just one-click away to create a new modern app over that table, whether you’re on the table hub or in the full-screen experience – all you need to do is provide a name for your app and we’ll automate all the steps necessary to create the app, add your table to the sitemap with all forms and views available, and bring you into the modern app designer. What’s using this table? Often tables of data support many apps and flows, so to quickly find out what your updates to a table might impact, you can select a command on the table hub to view the list of apps and flows that are Using this table. There is also a quick way to play or edit the apps and flows you find from this view. Columns, data types and formats With this update to tables experiences, we have also focused on columns as they are key to storing meaningful data – the majority of columns created are text, whole number or date/time so these are all readily available in a single-click. However, we know other data types are key to many scenarios, and those can even have multiple formats. We’ve organized these data types and formats in an easy to work with way, as well as adding search to the menu. Formats can now be updated after the column is created (switching between formats in the same data type), we have introduced a new format for text types called Rich text that allows you to store and work with rich data in your apps. Advanced options are hidden by default but if you need to tweak some of this column properties you can expand that section of the panel to access all the other properties that columns support. Choice columns Providing users with a set of choices can really improve an app’s data entry experience and ensures that users are picking from a set list of items. We’ve enhanced the management of these column types to make it easy to sort, drag/drop reorder, set colors and get access to all the other properties of the choice, including support for extending out-of-the-box Status Reasons. Advanced table tools For those makers that are further along their journey with Power Apps and Dataverse, they are often looking for underlying table and column names for their code or integrations, so we’ve added Tools that will copy these names to the clipboard and allow you to open tabs to the table definition or data query APIs. When working with the table in a solution you can browse tables in parent solutions of patches, and you can also review/update managed properties for both the table and all the related table components that support managed properties.

Enhanced refresh with the Power BI REST API is now generally available

We’re excited to move Enhanced refresh with the Power BI REST API (formerly asynchronous refresh) from public preview to general availability in Power BI Premium, Power BI Premium per User, and Power BI Embedded. As noted in the public...

Announcing the general availability of Power Apps modern commanding

Casey Burke, Senior Program Manager, Thursday, June 2, 2022 We’re very excited to announce modern commanding with Power Fx is now generally available (GA). Modern commanding provides a maker friendly low-code/no-code experience for customizing model-driven app command bars – with the first ever in-product command designer and the ability to use Power Fx (or JavaScript) for expressing business logic. Modern commanding has many improvements since the preview was announced last year. We sincerely appreciate the overwhelming amount of support and feedback from the Power Platform community and the close partnership with Scott Durrow (Microsoft MVP and Ribbon Workbench creator). This has helped shape the below goals and GA features. Makers love the experience A large number of usability and maker productivity improvements have resulted in a simpler and streamlined maker experience. A few highlights include the addition of copy + paste, optimized navigation & layout, drag and drop within command designer, performance improvements, and deferring creation of command component libraries. Do more with Power Fx Various new functions are now available to better support common command use cases. Defining visibility, actions, and interacting with custom pages is now much more powerful. For example, control command visibility using RecordInfo() and DataSourceInfo(), and work with unsaved data (aka the buffer) using Self.Selected.Unsaved. No cliffs Many parity gaps with classic Ribbon commands have been closed (+ a ton of new goodness not previously possible). For example, now you can create dropdowns, split buttons, and groups as well as specify different scopes – which determine whether a command is published to a single app, to a table and all apps using it, or even globally to all apps and all tables. These new scopes prevent duplicating effort for commands that need to be present in multiple apps. As an added benefit, when citizen developers modify or hide broader scoped commands, their changes are automatically isolated within their app and other apps remain unaffected. Rock solid reliability and ALM The most important improvements are not typically visible. We’ve made significant investments into strengthening the modern commanding infrastructure, fixing issues, improving performance and reliability, and ensuring application lifecycle management is handled consistently. GA is a milestone, not an end state. There’s much more we’d like to do and while I can’t share everything just yet, here’s a few improvements coming soon: Editing Microsoft first party (OOB) commands using modern command designer. We realize this limitation is especially painful and have been working diligently to solve this complex problem reliably. Classic OOB commands will be incrementally migrated to the modern commanding infrastructure. Migrated commands will be fully supported in command designer. Migration will not impact existing customer customization or the ability to continue using classic capabilities. We’ll later provide an easy button to migrate your own classic commands. Support for classic enable rules, display rules, and custom rules. Supporting additional Power Fx functions and improving the publishing experience. Addressing other known limitations. Check out the modern commanding documentation as well as the recent Power CAT Live interview with Phil Topness, Prabhat Pandey, and Casey Burke.

Announcing the general availability of canvas components and component libraries

Hemant Gaur, Principal Program Manager, Wednesday, June 1, 2022 Today, we are excited to announce the general availability (GA) of canvas components and component libraries. Canvas components enable low code/no-code developers to build reusable UX components using default Power Apps controls as core building blocks. These custom components can then be shared across app screens or multiple apps both within and across Power Apps environments. Canvas components contributes directly towards Power Apps vision of empowering everyone to build apps by significantly accelerating app development process. Following are the new enhancements which are part of this GA announcement.Support for component library ALMMakers can now package their apps and component libraries inside a single or multiple solutions and import them into a different environment. If a canvas app is using a component library, it is now tracked as a solution dependency. ALM support ensures that the dependency relationship is maintained in the target environment and any further library versions imported via solutions can deliver the updated components to the app. It enables 1st and 3rd party publishers to ship their components and customizable apps as baseline and then service apps by shipping just the updated component library. All standard solution actions such as managed properties, show dependencies, and add required components are supported inline with the Dataverse solution capabilities .You can find more details here – component library application lifecycle management. Component library ALM support. Image/multimedia file support You can now add multimedia files to the components inside a library. These components can then be used by all apps in an environment. Libraries with multimedia files can be moved across environments using the standard component application lifecycle management (ALM).For details please refer to add multimedia to a component, Add images to component Custom pagesCanvas components can be used in model-driven apps using custom pages.  Canvas component library provide app makers the ability to create custom components using custom page supported set of controls which includes modern Fluent UI controls. These components can then be reused across custom pages and applications, and can be centrally updated, packaged, and moved using Dataverse solutions.For More information see add canvas components to a custom page for your model-driven app. Fundamentals investments – Performance, reliability and accessibility.Canvas components have seen huge adoption across large and small organizations since our public preview announcement. Components already are being utilized heavily by hundreds of thousands of apps. We have been constantly monitoring user feedback, feature usage, errors and have been shipping weekly updates to improve feature fundamentals. Thanks everyone for helping us take feature to GA. Looking forward to next phase of low code extensibility. Cheers,Hemant Gaur

On-premises data gateway May 2022 update is now available

We are happy to announce that we have just released the May 2022 update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.126.8) Download On-Premises Data Gateway (standard Mode). Download On-Premises Data Gateway (Personal Mode). Compatible with May Power BI Desktop  This...

Unlocking new self-service BI scenarios with ExecuteQueries support in Power Automate

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Power BI Report Server May 2022 Feature Summary

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Announcing general availability of automatic aggregations

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Composite models on SQL Server Analysis Services

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