Power Platform – 2020 Release Plan

The Power Platform 2020 Release Plan was published here earlier this year. I had a read through the details and picked out the ten improvements that caught my eye. There are not in any particular order of preference. Here is a list with a brief to follow after.

  1. The Save button is back.
  2. Responsive Reflowing Canvas Apps
  3. Create PDF from Canvas App
  4. Power Apps Portals will be able to call the CDS Web API directly
  5. UI Flows will go GA in June
  6. Interactive adaptive cards support will be added to Power Automate
  7. For model-driven Apps, including Dynamics 365, the chart and dashboard styling has been improved and simplified
  8. Modal updates for Related Updates
  9. Virtual Agents Customize when No Topic Triggered
  10. AI Builder

1. The Save button is back

In model-driven apps the save button will now always be visible on the form edit toolbar. I remember the kerfuffle when auto save was introduced. I guess if you wait long enough everything comes back in fashion!

Save button

2 Responsive Reflowing Canvas Apps.

Currently Canvas Apps are classed as pixel perfect apps which is coded language for fixed layout. Its is very challenging to create a canvas app that works well visually on different devices. Looking forwards to seeing this in action.

3 Create PDF from Canvas App.

This sounds really interesting. You are going to be able to create a printable page in your canvas app and convert it into a PDF.

4 Power Apps Portals will be able to call the CDS Web API directly.

This will please lots of people as previously you could just update entities on the Portal based on CDS forms. It was a real pain to do anything beyond simple updates.

5 UI Flows will go GA in June.

UI Flows provide RPA, robotic process automation, functionality within Microsoft Power Automate. UI Flows allow you to mimic the actions of an user updating an application. RPA is particularly useful where you have a legacy application that is difficult or expensive to integrate with.

UI Flows

6 Interactive adaptive cards support will be added to Power Automate.

Adaptive cards are self contain snippets of UI code that present information and allows users to take actions on that information. They are platform agnostic and how they are rendered depends on the channel in which they are surfaced. Looking forward to trying this with Virtual Agents to create more exciting chatbot conversations.

7 For model-driven Apps, including Dynamics 365, the chart and dashboard styling has been improved and simplified.

Views

8 Modal updates for Related Updates.

In model-driven apps users will no longer need to navigate to another form when adding or editing a related record. This is a great improvement reducing unnecessary navigation. The related record will now be displayed in a modal dialog.

Modal updates

9 Virtual Agents Customize when No Topic Triggered

When the users chat cannot be understood or a topic is not triggered you will be able to customize how the chatbot responds. This should make for a better user experience.

10 AI Builder

A whole raft of functionality will become GA in 2020 including From Processing and Object Detection.

About the Author:

Joe is a  Microsoft MVP and a freelance consultant who helps organizations build business applications on the Power Platform, Dynamics 365, and Azure.

He is highly experienced in building line of business applications to streamline business process, provide better service and increase productivity. Joe has been heavily involved in the community in Ireland for many years and runs the Power Platform User Group in Ireland.

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Reference:

Gill, J. (2020). Power Platform – 2020 Release Plan. Available at: https://joegill.com/top-10-power-platform-2020-release-plan/ [Accesed: 7th July 2020].

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