Yep, you read that correctly. Microsoft is at it again – changing the licensing for PowerApps and Flow. Even though they just changed the licensing in February of 2019, they are making significant changes that will be launching in October. These changes come on the heels of the launch of PowerApps Portals, which are low-code websites for external users. Although I understand the need to add new/different levels of licensing for this new feature, it seems like overkill to change all the licensing just 5 months after a major overhaul. Furthermore, the changes could have significant financial implications for some, and the announcement has left the community up in arms.
You can read all about the specifics of the changes in Charles Lamanna’s post New Licensing Options for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow Standalone Paid Plans. He goes into detail about each plan and what is covered. There is even more to be learned from the comment section. Many readers pour out their thoughts/anger into their comments, and Charles is brave enough to respond to most.
The quick and dirty summary goes like this: If you have an Office 365 license, using PowerApps and Flow with standard connectors like Office 365 products and free/open protocol services like Twitter and DropBox is covered – you pay no additional fees. However, if you want to use any other connectors, including an HTTP call, that will require a premium license. And, while Microsoft was generous enough to offer two different ways to purchase premium licenses (per app or per user), both are significantly more expensive than the P1 and P2 options from February.
As stated earlier, many users are upset with this new pricing structure and are actively voicing their opinions to the people at Microsoft. I think the thing that struck me was the all or nothingness of the plans. You pay big fees to use anything and everything or you pay nothing (nothing more than your Office 365 license) and you get to play with Office 365 products. What I mean is even if you just need one premium connector, you are paying this huge per month fee. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a happy medium plan – for 1-4 premium connectors, or maybe better yet – pay per use plans like they do for Azure services?
Either way, I’m sure there will be more changes down the road. If not because of the public outcry; but simply because that is the nature of the business. So stay on your toes folks, and keep your eyes peeled. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date on all the latest and greatest. :)