Applications make processes a lot easier because they can perform coordinated functions, tasks, or activities. Creating applications can be tough if there’s a hard cording involved, but Microsoft PowerApps provides companies an easier way to build apps using their templates.
So, what is Microsoft PowerApps? It helps you build apps that boost productivity in your organization. It uses intuitive visual tools that don’t need a code. You can also share applications on any device, which is excellent for people who are always on the go.
Microsoft PowerApps allows you to create the apps you need quickly and easily. Anyone can develop a useful, functioning app that works on any device using a Microsoft Office-like experience, with templates to get started quickly and a visual designer to automate workflows. The majority, if not all, of the coding, can be handled by dragging and dropping.
Whether building a mobile app, an app that runs in a browser, or an in-house desktop app, PowerApps handles all the usual overhead that goes into making the app fit the environment. There is no need to know about the pros and cons of frameworks, dependencies, or libraries because it handles all of that behind the scenes. Moreover, you can build additional data connections and APIs to any existing business systems, thus empowering any users in your organization to create the apps they need.
Its integration with Office 365, Microsoft Flow, and Microsoft Power BI make it easy to get data into and out of SharePoint, or Excel, or any of the other 365 apps on which your business depends. Since it comes integrated with Microsoft Flow, this lets apps react to changing or updating data without the need to build your own poll or check to alert the app to run when there is an update. Various subscriptions come with different numbers of flows that can be run each month, but the number can be increased if necessary.
You can use PowerApps for free for 30 days, but you must sign up and provide your valid work email address. You can also avail yourself of the two plans: Plan 1 and Plan 2.
Plan 1 is worth $7 per user per month. It’s suitable for companies who are looking for applications that connect to enterprise data sources, including Common Data Service, which stores and manages data within a set of standard and custom entities.
Plan 2 costs $40 per user per month. It’s the best choice for those who need applications that model multi-stage business processes and richer business logic with full functionality of Common Data Service.
Both plans offer unlimited usage of creating canvas and model-driven apps and running canvas apps. The plans can also run apps in a browser or PowerApps mobile for iOS and Android devices and even offline. You can also run canvas apps in context of Office 365 and share apps with your organization. You can read more here.
Once you already acquired Microsoft PowerApps, you can now start making your own app. You can create a canvas app or model-driven app from blank. This is how it should appear on your account.
The best thing about PowerApps is that you don’t need to implement complicated coding to build applications. Microsoft PowerApps provides you with a canvas app for maximum design flexibility and data-modeled building blocks. It’s your choice which one to use.
You can start from a canvass app, model-driven app, or data. The templates for canvass app are Estimator Pro, Opportunity Tracking, Employee Engagement Survey, Company Pulse, Org Browser, Health Plan Selector, and more.
There are also Office apps like the PowerApps Training for Office, Meeting Capture, Onboarding Tasks, Help Desk, Leave Request, Out of Office, and more.
Canvas apps allow you to set the user experience and interface depending on your needs. To start using canvas apps, you must first make sure that your final data are stored in a SharePoint list, Power BI dashboard, or any other Microsoft tools. You can also build you canvas app from a data, sample, Common Data Service source, blank canvas, or AppSource.
For the model-driven app, you can use the Common Data Service to configure forms, process flows, and more. You can also create design forms, apps, views, system charts, dashboards, among others.
Aside from templates and no complicated coding, another huge benefit of using Microsoft PowerApps is that it is fast, integrated with Office 365, affordable, easy to navigate, and ready for mobile and desktop use.
• Fast. Building applications is faster in Microsoft PowerApps because it provides templates, which are easy to comprehend and deploy. It has drag and drop functionality which makes creating app faster unlike building a user interface and various links using complicated codes. Just make sure you have a stable internet connection, so you have nothing to worry about building your app. Also, PowerApps can automatically save your changes every two minutes.
• Integrated with Office 365. PowerApps allows connectivity and easy access of data stored or hosted in Microsoft Flow, SharePoint, and Power BI, and other applications of MS Office 365. This feature ensures that one can save time in accessing data.
• Affordable. Microsoft PowerApps provides free 30-day usage and affordable prices for Plan 1 and Plan 2. These prices are already cheaper than paying app developers which usually costs around a thousand dollars a month.
• Easy Navigation. You can build your app inside the Microsoft PowerApps environment, which provides all the tools that you will need. Simply drag and drop to insert components; you don’t need to do coding. You can also make use of the 200 connectors like SharePoint, OneDrive, Outlook, RSS, Twitter, Azure, and Dynamics 365 to link your data to PowerApps.
• Mobile and Desktop Ready. Your apps in PowerApps can automatically be opened in mobile and desktop without any changes except for the frame size. It allows you to develop for a phone form factor right in the same interface so you can always be sure that the great new app you are building will work for your mobile workers. Thanks to the easy-to-use interface and common connectors because there is now a way to easily create a mobile-friendly version using the same data access that the desktop version already uses.
There you go. Have you tried building your apps using the Microsoft PowerApps? How was it? Let us know in the comments section below if you think we missed few important things. Don’t forget to share this blog on social media.