Model Driven Power Apps
January 2022 Power Apps community call: Creating an Audio Player and deep dive into Pay-as-you-go features
Welcome to the Power Apps community call. These calls are the 3rd Wednesday of each month where we share the latest news about Power Apps, demonstrate tips and tools to help you build amazing Power Apps. In these calls you will meet the Power Apps product team and community experts to get your questions answered. For the month of January, we have two very exciting topics! Community rockstar Shadrack Inusah will walk through how to create an audio player using Power Apps and Kavishi Agarwal will walk through the new Power Apps Pay-as-you-go features. If you are not familiar with Pay-as-you-go it is a new way to pay for Power Apps using an Azure subscription, which allows you to get started building and sharing apps without any license commitment or upfront purchasing. WhenJanuary 19th, 2022, 8AM PST Where:https://aka.ms/powerappscall-join Agenda Introductions by April Dunnam & Todd Baginski Power Audio Player by Shadrack Inusah New Pay-as-you-go Features by Kavishi Agarwal Power Apps Community Call Quiz by April & Todd Recent Power Apps News and Community Contributions by April & Todd Next call details by Todd Baginski Kavishi Agarwal Senior Program Manager| Microsoft |Carnegie Mellon I am Senior Product Manager in the Power Apps product team and is passionate about creating experiences that customers love. I have been a part of Microsoft a little over 3 years and have been working on Power Apps since. I am currently leading the Pay-as-you-go business model for Power Apps along with other licensing related initiatives. Shadrack Inusah I’m an IT/Compliance assistance at DreamOval where I handle device management on Azure, build and manage Business Applications in M365. A Gold Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador with community building and leading experience and a member of the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors Low Code No Code League. I help students learn and build together to solve a technical world problem. I write technical blogs about Power Platform on the Microsoft Tech Community blog site. I have introduced and trained over 100+ students on the Power Platform and have built amazing Power Apps where I became 2nd best Power Platform builder in Africa and a first-time speaker during the Power Platform Global Bootcamp in 2021. I mentor students for the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program across Africa. LinkedIn April Dunnam I’m a Power Platform Developer Advocate at Microsoft and Power Platform MVP Alumni. As a Power Platform Developer Advocate, my mission is to help citizen and code-first developers succeed in building collaborative applications for the Power Platform. I develop written content, videos, and samples; speak at conferences; and advocate for developers with Microsoft’s engineering groups. I have an active YouTube Channel and blog where I share how-to videos and demos around Power Apps, Power Automate, Teams and SharePoint. I regularly speak at events across the globe to share Power Platform knowledge.(99+) April Dunnam | LinkedIn I’m a proud Partner, and the CTO at Canviz where I am currently leading several projects that include PowerApps, Azure, Office 365, SharePoint Framework, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, full web stack, and numerous other technologies.Sharing my expertise and knowledge with others is important to me, I love to teach. I’ve been blessed to receive the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for the last 13 years. This award recognizes my contributions to the technical communities I am a part of. For over a decade, I have created close relationships with the Microsoft SharePoint & Azure teams which provides me access to early releases. My team and I work closely with the Microsoft teams before products are released publicly to develop training and samples that are distributed worldwide to architects and developers. I give back to my local community by coaching and growing youth sports teams; emphasizing hard work, excellent sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership.https://toddbaginski.com/blog/
After we announced public preview of Power Apps Ideas, including writing Power Fx formulas with natural language and generating formulas from examples, we continued tuning the design and improving our AI model to make Ideas work better for you. Today, we’re happy to share some of the latest updates on Ideas with you. Transforming natural language to formulas Expanded support for more data sources – Data source connections are no longer limited to Dataverse; you can now use Power Apps Ideas with galleries and data tables connected to other data sources, such as Sharepoint and Excel. Supporting more ways to filter a data table – More data querying scenarios are supported including filter by Choice columns, Yes/No columns. Now you can try active ‘Contacts’ in Ideas to filter by Contact status. Improved understanding of natural language – In our efforts to provide an experience with language that really is “natural”, we made significant improvements to our AI model to make it smarter and understand more natural input. For example, instead of typing ‘Contacts’ whose ‘Full Name’ starts with “Yvonne”, you can simply type Full Name starts with Yvonne to get the same formula. Enhanced UI for formula suggestions – The formula suggestions are now displayed in cards, and there is a greater focus on the natural language description of what the formula is doing, so it will be easier for makers to review and understand the results. Programming by example Increased region and language availability – Programming by example has rolled out to all the Power Apps regions and languages so more makers can benefit from it. Improved formula results – We made significant improvements in our AI model to make the resulting formula suggestions less complex while still providing the same functionality. Simplifying complicated formulas not only makes it easier to understand and maintain the formula, but also significantly enhances performance. What’s next for Ideas Transforming natural language to formulas: Continue to add support of more scenarios including generating formulas to manipulate content of a label, changing color and visibility based on conditions, support filter by lookup columns. Continue to enhance the model so it can better understand natural language queries and provide more accurate suggestions. Improve the usability and discoverability of Ideas so it will become more handy and easier to find. Programming by example: Improve the model quality so it can generate accurate yet simple formulas. Improve the usability of Train with examples, so when the suggested formula doesn’t meet your needs, you can easily tune the results by providing additional examples.
PowerApps portals : Introducing the portals search powered by Microsoft Dataverse search API (preview)
Nagesh Bhat, Senior Program Manager, Monday, January 3, 2022 We are happy to introduce the portals search powered by Microsoft Dataverse search API with version 9.3.11.x (Note : Updates are currently rolling out) Dataverse search API delivers comprehensive search results by relevance. Dataverse search is the same search service used in model-driven apps and other Power Platform services built on Microsoft Dataverse. Now portals makers can start previewing portals global search that uses Dataverse search service. See Dataverse search documentation for detailed overview and step by step configuration. We are looking forward to your feedback as we march towards general availability Your feedback will help us continue to build on and improve the capabilities of this feature. We want to hear from you!
Nagesh Bhat, Senior Program Manager, Sunday, December 12, 2021 We are announcing support for Microsoft Dataverse choices columns in Power Apps portals with version 9.3.11.x (Note : Updates are currently rolling out) Choices control on a page allows users to select multiple options from a pre-configured list. Portals makers can design web pages with lists and forms that use the choices control to provide create, edit, and view experience for end users on this column type. Professional developer support Professional developers can build customized pages using Liquid code and Web API services in portals where choices columns will now be available to them for use in FetchXML and Web API operations. We are looking forward to your feedback as we march towards general availability Your feedback will help us continue to build on and improve the capabilities of this feature. We want to hear from you! See documentation here for detailed overview.
Today, we are announcing the availability of Power BI quick reports in model-driven apps in preview. This update combines the capabilities of Power Apps, Power BI and Dataverse in a seamless way to help you visualize and understand your data – with one click. Power BI quick reports add to the flexibility of data visualization options already available in Power Apps. While charts and custom components allow you to create specific, custom visualizations in Power Apps, Power BI quick reports generate a report automatically based on the page context, combined with an understanding of underlying data types, with no prior set up required. Generate insights in Power Apps without losing context of your work To get started, simply navigate to a table’s home page grid in a model-driven app and select Visualize this view command at the top of the page. This button generates a Power BI report based on the underlying view. Any additional filters or column modifications on top of the view are also automatically added to the report to transfer that context from data to visualization. There are several options available to personalize this visualization to help you visualize the data in ways that are meaningful to you. You can close the dialog to go back to the view page to continue your work in the model-driven app from where you left. Enable Power BI quick report visualization in a model-driven app You can enable this capability for a model-driven app through the app’s settings area, available in the modern app designer in preview. Enabling this capability will display Visualize this view command on the grid pages of the tables in the model-driven app. Review documentation to learn more about this capability and the options available to interact with the Power BI visual. Let us know your feedback in comments or on Power Apps community forum.