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We all know that Covid-19 has brought us to a situation where without getting the technology intervention, it is hard to survive. Here PowerApps are the saviors, and with Portals 2020 Release Wave I updates, they are in the robust mode to transform user-experience.

Microsoft is continuously working to improve the PowerApps portals across the board. This post aims to bring those latest enhancements out in April/May 2020. First, let’s understand more about Microsoft Power Portals.

What Microsoft Powerapps portal consists?

The PowerApps developer allows users and organizations to assess, act, and automate on the data, and further digitally transform their businesses. The Power Platform has four products; Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. Also, there are two add-ons as well: AI Builder and Power Apps Portals.

Power BI

With the help of Power BI, Microsoft portals, simplify the way organizations derive insights from transactional and observational data. It allows organizations to make a data culture, where employees can make smart decisions based on the facts only. The recent release has led Power BI to invest in four prime areas, that will help further in driving a data culture.

  • Self-service analytics for all
  • Unified platform for enterprise BI
  • Big data analytics with Azure data services
  • Pervasive artificial intelligence (AI)

PowerApps

These apps are the most popular low-code application development platform, which further has the Dynamics 365 reach, Office 365 customization, and aggregated custom line of business applications. These apps are available for all customers across the globe. With the upcoming release, Microsoft has allowed Power Apps to offer significant improvements, for all skill levels, which has improved the usability of apps across web and mobile devices. Such as:

  • PowerApps Portals

These portals are letting the low-code developers create an engaging user experience. And with the new release, Microsoft is continuing advanced Portals’ capabilities.

  • AI Builder

This allows Power Platform capability for businesses to automate processes and predict outcomes. It will help in improving business performance and will bring the power of Microsoft AI via a point-and-click experience.

Power Automate

As the name suggests, it ensures to grow business productivity by automating repetitive, time-consuming tasks. With the help of Power Automate, businesses can streamline the work across their organization through digital and robotic process automation. The new release includes three key areas:

  • Allowing developers to build robust automation across the 300+ connectors
  • UI accomplishes rules-based tasks with point-and-click Let’s modeling and running a human-driven business process with the advanced approval and business process flow features.

Data integration

It offers built-in connectivity to the Power Platform and beyond. As the data gets stored and shared across hundreds of business systems, Data Integration aims to provide rich and intelligent experience. With the Common Data Model, there will be semantic consistency for canonical business entities across Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service. It will increase value and save time for application developers, ISV partners, and integrators. Now let’s take a closer look at updates Power app portals 2020, is going to receive with Wave 1 release.

Themes simplified in Portal Design Studio.

The recent update of PowerApps portals has allowed the developers to create themes for portals in Portal Design Studio. With this change, developers will get the chance to develop underlying ideas using a theme designer experience, and they can offer a set of pre-configured themes as well. These themes later can directly be used with the portal.

1. Identity provider configuration has become simple.

Portal has massive potential. And, the best out of all is the capability of portals to enable a variety of identity providers, like Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory B2C. It also consists of authentication protocols like OpenID Connect, OAuth 2 (e.g. Microsoft, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, also can be configured through OAuth and SAML 2.0.

The recent update has brought many changes in PowerApp development in India and has introduced a simplified experience.

It will help in creating and managing authentication settings and identity provider configuration. With this, it will be easier to offer easy discovery of supported providers, in-app guidance for makers/administrators. And this will also help in reducing the common configuration errors as well.

2. Custom Entity Search

Search custom entity is one of the most popular features of Portals carried out with Portal Global Search. With this new release update, Microsoft has added the ability to search any entity in Portal Global Search.

3. PowerApps portals now will be available in France.

The Release Wave 1 update is also allowing Power Apps portals available in France region now. With this new update, developers will create portals for environments that are created in the Franc region only.

For more updates on Microsoft PowerApps portals updates, and to Hire PowerApps developer, stay tuned to this space.