Sunday 1 April 2018

What’s new in PowerApps in Dynamics 365 Spring 18 Release - Microsoft Dynamics 365 Update 9.0.2

PowerApps is the high-productivity application development platform from Microsoft. In this release, we’re combining the richness of Dynamics 365 with the agility of PowerApps to create a single unified platform. The PowerApps platform is now the platform that the Dynamics 365 for Sales, Service, Marketing, and Talent applications are natively built on. This release also includes major advancements to the Common Data Service for Apps (the data platform that comes with PowerApps) and client UX creation tools. These new capabilities are backward-compatible with the Dynamics 365 platform (frequently called the xRM platform), which means that Dynamics 365 customizers and partners can use already-acquired skills to create apps with PowerApps.

PowerApps is also tightly integrated with Office 365. You can use the same set of tools to customize and extend an increasing number of Office 365 apps, and also build standalone business applications connected to more than 200 data sources.

Main features and enhancements in PowerApps for Dynamics 365 Spring 18 Release:

Model-driven apps
You can build a new type of application with PowerApps: model-driven apps. Create and customize model-driven apps directly from by using the app designer. Bring together entities, forms, views, dashboards, charts, and business processes to automatically generate powerful line-of-business applications. It's easy to get started building model-driven apps. Switch to model-driven mode, learn the basics, and then explore one of our great sample apps.

  • Entity forms. Create and customize sophisticated forms for Common Data Service for Apps entities directly from model-driven mode on Create forms with visual drag-and-drop designers by using a host of custom controls that are available from a rich control library.
  • Entity views. Create and customize views for Common Data Service for Apps entities directly from model-driven mode on Use point-and-click tools to create filters, set the sort order, and choose which columns to display.
  • Business process flows. Associate one or more business process flows with your model-driven app to focus your users' experience through a specific set of guided steps.
  • Dashboards. Build and use custom interactive dashboards with rich chart controls that use data from Common Data Service for Apps entities. Embed Power BI dashboards in model-driven application dashboards for deeper cross-system data analysis directly from the application.
  • Metadata-driven responsive user experiences. Model-driven application user experiences are automatically generated upon entity creation. A navigation model, basic forms, and a subset of views are available for customization. User experiences are responsive and metadata-driven. Applications provide consistent functionality across all surfaces, including web and mobile and support for right-to-left (RTL) languages.
  • Accessible apps out of the box. Model-driven apps built using the Unified Interface infrastructure meet Microsoft accessibility standards (go to the Trust Center to learn about our industry-leading accessibility standards). The applications enable users, including keyboard-only users and touch-only users, to perform key tasks. The apps work well with screen readers and won’t block other accessibility tools, such as one-click devices.
  • Mobile player. Run model-driven apps on mobile devices. For tablets and phones, applications are automatically optimized for the device.

Canvas apps
You can now build two types of applications with PowerApps: canvas apps and model-driven apps. The term “canvas apps” refers to apps built through the WYSIWYG screen design that provides complete control over the interface. With a canvas app, you start with a blank canvas to create a very tailored user interface. Then you connect that user interface to your choice of 200 data sources. You can build canvas apps for web, mobile, and tablet applications. With a model-driven app, you start with your data model. Build from your core business data and processes in the Common Data Service for Apps to model forms, views, and other components. Model-driven apps automatically generate a great user interface that’s responsive across devices.

  • Controllable delegation limits. Control delegation limits for non-delegable data sources that have up to a maximum of 2,000 records. This allows client-side operations to work on larger datasets.
  • SQL views. To avoid performance issues, use SQL views to combine data in SQL Server before bringing it into PowerApps.
  • Simplified access to entities through foreign key relationships. Intuitive access to entities included in a relationship (foreign key) in entities that are stored in the Common Data Service for Apps makes it significantly easier to use related entities in canvas apps.

Improved app sharing experience 
The improved experience for canvas apps makes it easier to view the data sources used by an app and easier to set up user permissions to access that data. For model-driven apps, share apps by assigning appropriate security roles that provide user access to the entities and data in the Common Data Service for Apps.

Apps connected to SharePoint lists can include attachments
Apps connected to SharePoint Online can now be used to view and upload attachments, including images and documents.

Improved support ticketing for admins
Request help from a Microsoft support representative from the new Business platform admin center.

GDPR compliance 
To support the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), administrators can support data subject rights requests for PowerApps users.

Automate governance with PowerShell
The administrative capabilities of the Admin Center are now available programmatically to admins through the release of the PowerApps PowerShell cmdlets.

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