Microsoft has today made its PowerApps service available on wide release, meaning everyone can now pick up the tool.
PowerApps allows developers and businesses create applications without needing to use coding, and it is now available in public preview.
This pre-release preview means users can now create their custom applications for both web and mobile easily, with apps created within companies the main focus.
We have known about this service for some time, since Microsoft announced PowerApps back in November 2015, saying it was for people “skilled in Office”.
The idea behind the service is to allow business users to create cross-platform in-house applications that do not require any coding skills. PowerApps is a versatile service that locks into any cloud service or data source that runs Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, and will also integrate with the newly launched IFITT style Microsoft Flow tool.
“PowerApps connects to the cloud services and data sources you're already using, giving business analysts and specialists the ability to quickly build apps that suit their specific needs—without writing code or struggling with integration issues. Apps can be published instantly to co-workers across web, tablets and mobile devices without waiting for app stores. PowerApps also integrates with Microsoft Flow, making it possible to trigger flows from within apps.
With PowerApps, business experts can work more efficiently together with their counterparts in IT and consulting partners, literally on the same page in a visual designer—or solve problems on their own. This makes it dramatically faster not only to build an app the first time, but to keep iterating and evolving it as needs change.”
Office 365 data can be connected to PowerApps through the Microsoft Graph API, allowing the connection of companywide storage from third-party service. Other services the service will connect with include OneDrive, Google Drive, SharePoint, Salesforce, Twitter, and more.