The Power Platform Release Plans for Wave 2/2022 are out. As a developer for Power Apps I’ve spotted so many features I was waiting for… Here are my top ones:

#1 Power Apps Features

These features are not directly targeting the developers, but they are very powerful tools to think of, when we design an app.

Power Apps Grid control

We’ve saw a preview of the Power Apps grid control already in Wave 1/2022. Editable grids with infinite scrolling was the best features until now. The most promising features are still to come.

  • The grid offers a custom cell renderer (to show or edit the cells the way you like). This is a part of the Wave 1, but it doesn’t seem to work for now. But the idea is great: that means that we don’t need to implement a complete new grid when we need to show a column with another control. And it should support editable controls too. Real power!
  • Grouping on one column, aggregation on columns (and on the defined groups too) and nested grids are powerful features which can be used both in read-only and editable mode.

Preview: October 2022 / GA: –

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/power-apps/grid-control-support-grouping-aggregation-nested-grids

Form Component Control (FCC) Improvements

The Form Component control is already a very powerful out-of-the-box PCF. It allows us to embed editable forms inside other form, just by using the lookup relation from the hosting form. In wave 2/2002 it will get even more powerful: we can decide if we want also the command bar for the FCC, show tabs and business process flows. And we’ll be able to place the FCC on dashboards and views.

Preview: August 2022 / GA: October 2022

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/power-apps/see-form-updates-command-bar-business-process-header-tabs

#2 Custom Pages

Responsive Custom Pages

Responsive layout templates, being able to easily move controls between responsive layouts, multiple form factor support (the Custom Page adapts to the layout; in my opinion the only approach that makes sense in model-driven apps)

Preview: October 2022 / GA: –

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/power-apps/custom-pages-are-responsive-default-rich-layouts

Offline Custom Pages

Maybe I should have started with this. I hardly wait for offline Custom Pages. Until now, it was an important aspect to decide if I can go with a low-code approach, or to start to develop a PCF. It opens the doors for many use-cases which we need offline too (like building dialogs, adding flexible components and awesome UIs to an app).

Modern converged applications have basic offline capabilities for Custom Pages, with offline capabilities for all data types except file and image.

The mobile offline capabilities will be also improved, including incremental syncing, network detection, and data that persists across sessions.

Preview: August 2022 / GA: –

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/power-apps/easily-configure-mobile-offline-modern-converged-apps

#3 Virtual Tables

Create Tables with External Data

Create Virtual Tables the easy way: use a wizard to create a Virtual Table. That way we can define tables with the data in SQL Server, Excel workbook or Microsoft Lists

Preview: October 2022 / GA: January 2023

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/power-apps/connect-external-data-dataverse

Connector Provider for Non-Tabular Virtual Tables

Use a connector provider to build virtual tables that can use data from sources that don’t use a standard tabular format., like Azure Data Lake, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Blob Storage, and other sources. The connector providers will remove the need to code API plugins to access the data

Preview: December 2022 / GA: March 2023

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/data-platform/connector-provider-non-tabular-virtual-tables

Virtual Tables Between Dataverse Instances

Create a virtual table in one Dataverse environment that can provide access to data in a different Dataverse environment

Preview: January 2023 / GA: –

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/data-platform/virtual-tables-between-dataverse-instances

#4 Dataverse

New Dataverse Reqeuests: Create/Update/Upsert-Multiple

To optimize the performance, three new requests will be introduced: CreateMultiple, UpdateMultiple, UpsertMutiple. These messages apply changes to the database for all the records at the same time rather than a sequence of individual row operations. We should be able to apply business logic with plug-ins that are invoked just one time and apply logic to all the records in the operation.

These requests are recommended for bulk operations. These new messages won’t replace existing API patterns using $batch or ExecuteMultiple. The existing API patterns will continue to enable sending multiple requests that are processed individually. Because each operation is processed individually, they support continue-on-error, capabilities that the new CreateMultipleUpdateMultiple, and UpsertMultiple messages won’t.

Preview: October 2022 / GA: January 2023

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/data-platform/use-optimized-apis-bulk-data-operations

Conditional PlugIn Execution

For improved system performance, we’ll be able to define conditional execution of plug-ins so that Dataverse can execute the plug-in only when the specified condition is met. The condition is provided during the plug-in registration process.

Preview: December 2022 / GA: Januaray 2023

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/data-platform/enable-conditional-execution-improved-plug-in-execution-efficiency

PlugIn Dependent Assembly

We’ve asked for this since a long time ago. Was mentioned already in the Wave 1/2022. Finally it’s here. No need for ILMerge anymore (which was never a supported approach). We can now include dependent assemblies as part of the plug-in build and registration processes. All required plug-in assemblies can be included into a NuGet package and register that package during the plug-in registration process using supported tools or solutions.

Preview: June 2022 / GA: October 2022

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/data-platform/dependent-assemblies-support-plug-ins

#5 PowerFx

PowerFx in Dataverse

We meet the “calculated columns using PowerFX” feature in several phases and waves (like the Wave 1/2022).

In the Power Apps Studio we’ll have the familiar, table centric experience to update both the data and the metadata. Using the PowerFx will allow us to create powerful tables.

GA: October 2022

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/power-apps/dataverse-tables-integrated-inside-power-apps-studio

Power Fx in Business Rules

PowerFx is reaching the Business Rules. Using PowerFx we’ll be able to use advanced Business Rules.

Preview: September 2022 / GA: November 2022

Link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2022wave2/data-platform/enable-power-fx-dataverse-business-rules

So much more…

There are a lot of other very important features. I’ll mention only a few more links, but maybe you’ll find some other features being even more important that the ones I’ve picked:

Data integrations:

ALM

Power Pages

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