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Microsoft PowerApps Preview for Mobile Business Apps Available Now

If you don’t know how to write a line of code, Microsoft now has a solution for you. PowerApps, a new service that lets users build apps for popular platforms such as iOS and Android as easy as preparing a Microsoft Office document.

Recognizing that information is often scattered across an organization without an effective means of efficiently accessing it when needed on modern mobile devices, PowerApps empowers users with solutions that can help them build useful tools to find it. All without any prior knowledge writing coding.

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Utilizing the power of software as a service, PowerApps taps into popular cloud services such as Office 365, Salesforce and Dropbox. To get you started, PowerApps offers templates along with a visual designer you can use to automate workflows. The built-in connectors support popular cloud services such as Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Dropbox, OneDrive and on-premises systems including SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle databases, SAP and more.

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PowerApps will be offered in three tiers: free, standard, and enterprise.

  • Free: Create and use an unlimited number of apps along with two connections to SaaS data sources per user.
  • Standard: all features of the free tier with unlimited connections to SaaS data sources.
  • Enterprise: adds all the features of Standard with dedicated infrastructure (Azure App Service Environment), App governance, secure access control and usage reporting, API management.

The service is now available in preview; you can sign up here.

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