Microsoft continues to develop the Power Platform ecosystem

Cameron Male
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Cameron Male, Vuzion Business Development Manager, writes …

Cameron Male headshotThe Microsoft Power Platform comprises Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents.

Together, and with the ability to connect to hundreds of products - including Office 365, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure - these applications enable the building of end-to-end business solutions.

And Power Platform is a big area for development for Microsoft, with the company continually developing and announcing updates to the ecosystem.

Today, I’m concentrating on the latest news to be released about Power Apps - the app which enables the development of customised business software by those without coding expertise - and Power Automate - the powerful workflow creation application.

Free Power Apps/Power Automate environment for partners

Long requested by Microsoft partners, Microsoft has come up with Power Apps Developer Plan to give FREE access to Power Apps and Power Automate for development and testing, for unlimited numbers of apps.

This essentially gives partners full access to all they need to create apps. The full licence need only be taken up once the app is ready to be shared and distributed.

To see what you could do with Power Apps - free of charge - follow the link to the Power Apps Developer Plan now.

AI/ease of use

Microsoft is putting more powerful natural-language AI into Power Platform applications and so, rather than have to code, those creating applications can start to tell the platform what they want to do, and will receive options as to what the platform perceives is wanted. Think of ‘Ideas’ in Excel or Word, and you’re on the right track. The AI utilised is GPT3, a leader in AI for understanding and writing in natural language. So, it’s powerful stuff.

Microsoft has always been eager to ensure that Power Apps is accessible and easy to use. That continues to be the trend with the newest member of the Microsoft Power Platform family, Power FX - an open-source formula language for low code that’s based on Microsoft Excel and available for open contribution by the GitHub community.

Free hands-on Power Automate training

If you’re curious about Power Automate and would like to know more about the ability to automate the simpler tasks, there is a great free training resource to take a look at, and which comes directly from Microsoft.

Clicking on this RPA in a Day link will download a zip folder of training material that is very hands on and ‘lab’ focused, giving several tasks to complete and showing how to do it each step. By the end of the training, you should be sufficiently upskilled to start making your own automations!

For more information

If you have any questions about Power Apps, Power Automate, or Power Platform, reach out to any of the Vuzion team on 0333 009 5939/email partners@vuzion.cloud - or contact me directly at Cameron.male@vuzion.cloud.

You can also find additional training opportunities offered via our training programme, EDGE.

That’s it for the month of June – we’ll have another update for what’s new in the world of Microsoft and Business Apps at the start of July!

 

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