New Licensing Options for PowerApps and Flow

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.

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Azure Virtual Day Camp Review

I attended the Azure Virtual Day Camp put on by the Power Platform Users Group earlier this week. I registered for sessions from two different tracks (Developer and Architect); but in the end, they only registered me for 3 sessions in the Architect track (some of which were sessions for which I had not even registered). I was a bit disappointed, because I really wanted to attend the Developer sessions. The saving grace is that they sent me the recordings from the Developer sessions. Hopefully, I can find some time to watch them.

Session Reviews

Developing with PowerApps, Flow and Azure Cognitive Services

My first session by Mariano Gomez was the most interesting. Mariano walked us through developing a Conference Badge Scanner App. The app scans a badge, converts the data to text, and sends an email to the badge owner. This same technology could easily be used to scan business cards and send them to a contacts list/data base. The App uses PowerApps, Flow and the Computer Vision API. Mariano demontrated building the app during the 45-minute session. That is how easy it is to leverage the power of the power platform. Continue reading “Azure Virtual Day Camp Review”

Open Documents Read-Only in Modern SharePoint

We recently were engaged on a project where we were utilizing PowerApps to present documents to employees via a kiosk application.  The employees needed the ability to edit the documents and be able to open them in Office Online by default, but during testing we noticed that employees were unintentionally modifying files in Office Online. The PowerApp was for a heavy industrial fabrication shop and the target users were often wearing welding equipment and various other safety gear so asking them to be more delicate with the tooling wasn’t really a reasonable request. Continue reading “Open Documents Read-Only in Modern SharePoint”

What’s New in Office 365 (January 2019)

Happy New Year! January is here – new year, new you, right? Personally, I don’t believe in all that new year’s resolution stuff. Every day is a new opportunity to live your best life. How about we stick to new year, new updates for Office 365? There are some changes that will increase security, a change that may affect network traffic, best practice guidelines, and as always, an exciting new feature to highlight.  Regarding security, Microsoft is retiring 3DES in Office 365, and sharing links that block download have begun rolling out.  If you have configured your network to restrict resource access to Azure AD IP address ranges, make sure to read the piece on Azure AD updating IP Addresses. PowerApps users will be happy to see the release of a white paper on coding guidelines and standards. And finally, the exciting new feature we are highlighting this month is reminders in SharePoint.   

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Not So Bold Predictions for Office 365 in 2019

As we start a new year it’s always good to reflect on what we’ve accomplished but the real fun is in trying to figure out where we are going😉.  Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form privy to the inner workings of the various product teams at Microsoft and the views expressed within this post are my own.  With that out of the way, here are my not so bold predictions for Office 365 in 2019. Continue reading “Not So Bold Predictions for Office 365 in 2019”

It’s a No Code/Low Code World in Office 365

Time to come clean…I have a love/hate relationship with Office 365. A majority of my work life for the past 3 years has been dedicated to Office 365 and while I see theDuane Odum excellent value it provides it’s taking away something I really enjoy, code.  While I was assisting a client with a OneDrive for Business rollout last week I had an epiphany. In the past 5 months I have probably written around 1,000 lines of code for work and it has mostly been JavaScript, TypeScript or PowerShell. I’ve not done a single line of C# code this year for work.  Some of the other folks in our group have so it has not been a total annihilation of managed code but it kind of has been for me and I do miss it.  Continue reading “It’s a No Code/Low Code World in Office 365”

The Latest on PowerApps

JohnEssentially, PowerApps is a Microsoft-based service that allows technical and nontechnical users to build, manage, and share web and mobile apps. Its intuitive design and wide selection of templates allows people without coding experience to build apps that empower and drive business. PowerApps also integrates with Microsoft and Office 365 services.

In this Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot chatted with Darshan Desai and Ashlee & Paul Culmsee to learn about what’s new with Microsoft PowerApps.

Here were some of the key takeaways:

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