PowerApps Guide

What is PowerApps? A quick overview

PowerApps is a tool for building business mobile apps. A main characteristic of PowerApps is that it is designed for non programmers.

It provides a simple way to connect apps to Excel spreadsheets in cloud storage (eg, stored on OneDrive or Google Drive). You can also access internal company SQL Server databases, SharePoint Servers, and many other data sources. A typical use of PowerApps is to build apps that show, modify, or update records from a data source.

To build apps, we can use a web based designer, or we can use a Windows based app called PowerApps Studio. Users can run the apps we build through a 'player' application. These player apps are available for iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems. Users can download these player app through the appropriate app store.

PowerApps is subscription based, and only users with an active subscription can run apps. It provides simple sharing of apps and data with people within an organisation and is less suitable for building consumer apps.


PowerApps Web Studio

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This is what we use to build our apps.

Microsoft PowerApps Website

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The official website provides links on the latest news, pricing, and subscripting.

Documentation

Click here to view the official documentataion for PowerApps
The official documentation provides a definitive resource for everything in PowerApps.

PowerApps Forum

Click here to visit the official PowerApps forum
The best place to find answers is through the Official PowerApps forum.

Highly Recommended

Are you flummoxed by forms, confused by cards, or struggle to connect data controls to existing data structures? If so, help is at hand! 'Beginning PowerApps' is an easy to read book that covers all the important features of PowerApps. It covers the common problems that beginners often face, including how to use drop down controls, how to work with dates and times, and how to search data. It also includes examples of how to work with charts, cameras and GPS locations.  Other important topics include chapters on app security, data import and export, and how to use formulas. 

More experienced app builders can also find helpful content, including help on how to use Flow, custom data connectors, and how to work with data offline.

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This book offers a comprehensive learning path for PowerApps not seen in depth or breadth in any articles, documentation, or sites anywhere, not even in the coursework that is available online. To me, Beginning PowerApps hands down has the best content available to get yourself to the 200 level.

Jenefer Monroe - Microsoft Program Manager
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