May 2019 updates for Microsoft PowerApps

For people that can not wait here is a mid-month roll up for all the new features we have shipped in PowerApps for the month of May.  Please note when the month is over i will publish this on the product blog:  https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/

Also To see what was new in April for PowerApps be sure and check out:

April 2019 updates for Microsoft PowerApps

Import Canvas app components from cloud apps

Components just go better!  With this update, you can share components using cloud apps.

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/import-components-from-cloud-apps/

Provisioning and administration is getting easier

Now you have a single place to manage and visualize the  storage of your organization. Check your organization storage capacity here. Read more here.

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/provisioning-and-administration-is-getting-easier/

 

Owner, Customer, and Regarding for canvas apps

Common Data Service polymorphic lookups are now available from canvas apps.  You can now:

  • Access, set, and filter on the Owner field of any record.
  • Access and set the Company Name field (a Customer data type) of the Contacts entity.
  • Access and set the Regarding field of activity entities such as Faxes, Phone Calls, Email Messages, etc.
  • Access the list of all Activities for a record.
  • Access the list of Notes for a record.

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/owner-customer-and-regarding-for-canvas-apps/

 

On-premises data gateway May 2019 update is now available

The On-premises gateway now features monitoring gateway usage and performance. Traditionally, for monitoring performance, gateway admins have had to depend on manually monitoring performance counters through the Windows Performance Monitor tool. This feature is an out of the box feature which includes additional logging regarding queries and system counters along with a Gateway Performance PBI template file to visualize these. This would insights into gateway usage and allow troubleshooting slow performing queries.

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-may-2019-update-is-now-available/

PowerApps Canvas App Accessibility Guidelines

accessibility

This white paper is for the enterprise application developer (maker) responsible for designing, building, testing, deploying, and maintaining PowerApps in a corporate or government environment. This white paper is a collaborative effort of the Microsoft PowerApps team, Microsoft IT, and industry professionals. Adherence to the guidelines and standards in this document will assist developers in making their PowerApps canvas apps accessible to all app users.

https://thriveproduct.blob.core.windows.net/thrivedocs/PowerApps%20Accessibility%20Standards%20and%20Guidelines.pdf

 

Performance enhancements to the PowerApps portal

we have built and are deploying a new UI framework that significantly reduces the number of calls and download size of PowerApps.

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-powerapps-portal-is-now-significantly-faster-to-load/

 

Add new fields while creating your canvas app

While creating apps using the Common Data Service, makers select an entity as the data source and bind it with data controls. This allows them to add fields in the selected data source to a gallery, data table, or form. This is good for fields that are already present in the data source. However, if there is a need to add an additional field, the maker would need to save the app, switch to the entity designer to add the additional field before returning back to the app. This results in unnecessary deviation from their original goal of making an app.

Adding new field in Entity Designer

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/add-new-fields-while-creating-your-canvas-app/ 

Extend the power of WYSIWYG Model based form authoring to quick create and quick view forms

The new form designer now supports authoring quick create and quick view formsAll the beneficial features of the new form designer such as WYSIWYG preview, enhanced fields pane, quick-access property pane, tree view and more now extend to quick create and quick view form authoring to help enable a rich and productive experience.

Quick create form as it appears to end-users

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/extend-the-power-of-wysiwyg-form-authoring-to-quick-create-and-quick-view-forms/

 

Announcing general availability of Model based Apps Solution Checker

To deliver on complex business requirements, model-driven app makers often can end up with highly advanced solutions that customize and extend the Common Data Service platform. With advanced implementations comes an increased risk where performance, stability, and reliability issues become introduced, which can negatively impact the user experience. Identifying and understanding how to resolve these issues can be complicated and time consuming. With the solution checker feature, you can perform a rich static analysis check on your solutions against a set of best practice rules and quickly identify these problematic patterns. After the check completes, you receive a detailed report that lists the issues identified, the components and code affected, and links to documentation that describes how to resolve each issue.

Install solution checker

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/use-powerapps-checker 

 

Please note this is a work in progress and I will continue adding new features through out the month.

Also To see what was new in April for PowerApps be sure and check out:

April 2019 updates for Microsoft PowerApps

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/april-2019-updates-for-microsoft-powerapps/

 

 

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