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Microsoft Power Platform: 2021 Release Wave 1

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The new release brings hundreds of new capabilities to the Power Platform applications, bringing new ways for your business to analyse, transform and automate data.

 

Microsoft PowerApps

 

Improved apps discovery and selection in PowerApps mobile

PowerApps mobile apps list experience is modern and intuitive. The discovery of apps is easier, allowing users to quickly access their apps. On top of this, inline swipe gestures on the apps list make adding to favourites or pinning the apps much easier and faster for future use.

 

Feature details:

  • Apps are neatly organised in relevant categories, such as favourites and recents
  • More relevant apps, such as favourites, are presented upfront for quicker selection
  • Newly introduced swipe gestures allow you to quickly pin an app to your home screen or add an app to your favourites without multiple clicks

 

Model-driven app adds in-app notifications

 

Model-driven app in-app notifications are shown to users as a notification card or within the notification center. Notifications are

directed to a specific user and can be sent through external systems, Power Automate, or from within the system. An app maker must opt-

in to this feature to make the notifications appear for users within the model-driven app.

 

Improved navigation in model-driven apps

Enable users to be more productive in both single and multi-session model-driven apps with improved navigation.

 

 

Feature details:

The page side pane will allow a page to be opened to the far side of the current page and stay open while the current page is open. This will allow an edit experience for the related data

App makers are able to override multi-session app navigation to allow click to open to a side pane, multi-session new session, or multi-session new page tab

 

 

 

Microsoft Power Automate

 

Trigger flows when a Microsoft Dataverse action is called

With this feature in Power Automate, you will be able to create flows that trigger when an action is performed in Microsoft Dataverse. This feature improves working with the common events model and even provides better integration with Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations.

 

 

Search records in Microsoft Dataverse using relevance search

With this feature, you can create cloud flows that include a Microsoft Dataverse action to search records using relevance search, which is an AI-based fuzzy search that’s built on Azure Cognitive Search.

Apart from basic cross-entity search, this action provides support for matches based on Lucene query syntax. This gives users capabilities like Boolean operators, wildcards, fuzzy search, proximity search, term boosting and regex matching.

Microsoft Dataverse

Microsoft has not released any new features as such around this area in the 2021 Release Wave 1. However, in November they did rebrand the Common Data Service as Dataverse – find out more about that here.

 

Within this release plan, they have provided the following information around it:

  • Deliver services with agility: Quickly add business value with an extensible data platform that uses out-of-the-box common tables, extended attributes, semantic meanings, and an open ecosystem enabled by Common Data Model.
  • Increase scale and efficiency: Boost productivity and reduce costs by quickly developing applications, processes, and reusable data schemes. Repeatably build, validate, and deploy your applications using GitHub and Azure DevOps.
  • Make your data work smarter: Get accurate insights by adding low-code AI tools to your process automation. Identify and resolve duplicated and conflicting data with a managed data platform that includes built-in business logic and rules.
  • Rely on the security of a trusted platform: Protect your data with a robust security management infrastructure that provides critical security and compliance capabilities—advanced encryption, rich access control, and deep integration with Azure Active Directory.

 

The Power Platform today comprises four products: Power BI, PowerApps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. It also has two add-ins: AI Builder and Power Apps portals.