Our first newsletter issue of 2022 covers many examples of novel ways how different Microsoft technologies can work together. These include scenarios like the following:
- Native Git integration brings Power Apps canvas apps into your source code version control system like GitHub, supporting live editing via Visual Studio Code.
- Dataverse for Teams environments included in your Microsoft 365 subscription can talk with external systems via Azure API Management.
- Lobe app and its machine learning models can be imported into Dataverse and used in automations via cloud flows.
- Dynamics 365 Project Operations offers data model extension points for model-driven apps and a rich Schedulign API to be called via Power Automate.
All these are great examples of how Power Platform creates room for your creativity. Both citizen and professional app makers can build new solutions by combining these existing tools in many different ways. The whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts!
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Even with just the standard Microsoft 365 license, you can connect to a custom API from your Power Apps running inside Microsoft Teams.
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You don't even need to install Visual Studio Code and set up Git repository sync locally to access Power Apps source code. Jukka shows you how to leverage the awesome github.dev browser version.
Antti continues his Power Automate based scenario for extending the Dynamics 365 Project Operations app with change request management functionality.
If you want to build custom logic on top of Dynamics 365 Project Operations, this article from Antti Pajunen should be required reading!
The customer lookup column in Dataverse has special behaviors that you need to know when configuring fields for Model-driven Power Apps form. Jukka shows an example of how the contact's parent account lookup UX can be improved.
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You can use the Lobe app to train a machine learning model with your data and then export it into Power Platform, to be used with AI Builder. Jussi shows you the steps to leverage Lobe models in detecting images in Power Automate cloud flows.
Matthew shows you the way to view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files (docx, xlsx, pptx) in Power Apps with the PDF viewer and one line of code.
The December 2021 Power BI Desktop update introduced Hybrid Tables, a new Premium feature that combines the advantages of in-memory Import Mode storage with real-time DirectQuery data access.
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Here is an example of our quarterly Power Platform roadmap presentations. We conduct these sessions as part of our Power Platform Advisor as a Service offering, to support the low-code journey of our customer organizations.
Catch us in these events
Many organizations have just started their Power Platform journey. Timo Pertilä will talk about the best practices to help you avoid the common pitfalls we've seen organizations stumble