What Are Power Apps? A Microsoft Low Code PAAS For Apps?

You’ve probably heard about Power applications lately, but what exactly are they? What importance do they have? What exactly does it do? What exactly does it not do?

As a result, in this article, we’ll go over what Power Apps are in a nutshell. Let’s get started.

What are Power Apps?

Power applications are a collection of apps, services, and connectors, as well as a data platform, that allows you to quickly create custom apps to meet your business needs. You can quickly create bespoke business apps using Power Apps that connect to data stored in the underlying data platform (Microsoft Dataverse) or in various online and on-premises data sources (such as SharePoint, Microsoft 365, Dynamic 365, SQL server and so on.)

Power Apps feature deep business logic and workflow capabilities, allowing you to turn manual business activities into digital, automated processes. Furthermore, apps created using Power Apps have a responsive design and may run in browsers as well as on mobile devices (phone or tablet).

Power Apps” democratize” the process of creating business apps by allowing anyone to develop feature-rich, unique apps without having to write code.

Power Apps are also an extendable platform that allows professional developers to interact with data and metadata programmatically, apply business logic, create custom connections, and link with external data.

How does Power App Function?

Starting with the data source is the simplest way to construct a PowerApps program. It’s the basic step in a three-step process

  • For instance, we’ll start with a SharePoint list of consultation interventions.
  • Next, we’ll go to the PowerApps menu and choose the “create an app” option.
  • This leads us to the PowerApps Studio, where we can see a completely functional canvas app that the system has created.

Keep in mind that these are the default options. They conceal a considerably broader range of potential options, settings, and architectural choices that PowerApps provides.

Let’s have a look at some more inner details without further ado

  • Choosing your Power Apps environment

Within PowerApps, you can work in four different tools or environments, each with its unique set of capabilities and roles.

    • PowerApp website

The website is where you’ll start your PowerApps service journey. This is where you can create new apps and manage existing ones.

    • PowerApp studio

Here You’ll be able to design and adapt apps to your specific business needs

PowerApp studio has three panels and a ribbon that make app development feel like making a PowerPoint slide deck.

    • PowerApp Mobile app

This useful mobile app is available for both phones and tablets (iOS and Android) (Windows10). The app provides a runtime environment where you may implement all of your PowerApps apps, regardless of platform. It also includes the ones you designed and coded yourself, as well as the ones that were shared with you.

    • PowerApps Admin Center

You can utilise Admin.powerapps.com to create and administer environments, DLP (Data Loss Prevention) strategies, and user roles. A list of user licenses in the tenant is available.

  • Choosing your Power Apps application type

There are two main types of apps you can create with PowerApps

    • Canvas apps

It allows you to organise your interface flexibly and quickly by placing controls and fields in a “pixel-perfect” user experience. Bringing your company knowledge and creativity to the app’s design is the major focus here. Canvas apps are designed to be lightweight or even disposable apps that can be created and utilised in a matter of minutes.

    • Model-driven apps

They are created on top of common data services that aid in the creation of forms, processes, and business rules. They concentrate on larger apps that are meant to be used frequently (multiple hours at a time)

Sharepoint lists customised forms, which is actually a “third” type of app that is a specialised version of Canvas. You can use PowerApps to adapt the basic Sharepoint form from a Sharepoint list.

You’d obtain access to one specific component in your PowerApps named “SharePointintegeration” after pulling up the “customise forms” option.

This control is in charge of relaying user activities from PowerApps to Sharepoint. It includes properties like “OnNew,” “On Save,” and “OnEdit” that tell the app how to react when the user clicks or presses the “New” button, taps an item, or taps the “Edit All” button.

  • Choose your app storage type

Power platforms, and notably PowerApps, are designed for a future where data reigns supreme and is at the heart of every business function. As a result, when it comes to app design, picking the right data sources is critical.

The most common data sources are SharePoint lists and Excel spreadsheets, although there are over 200 data connectors to choose from. Flow and logic apps exchange connectors with PowerApps (the Azure service on top of which flow is built).

One of the platform’s greatest assets is its ability to link to Microsoft systems such as Office 365, SQL Server, Azure, and others, as well as external data sources like Salesforce, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

A connector in a power app can provide data tables, actions, or both.

Always keep in mind that the data sources you choose will have an impact on the license you’ll need to build and run your app. A PowerApps P1 or P2 license is required if you choose or require a premium source (such as Salesforce or Common Data Service).

  • Linked your app to an Online or On-premises Data source

PowerApps was created on the cloud and can connect to cloud data sources natively. However, it can also link to on-premise data sources. You’ll need to set up an on-premises data gateway for this to happen. This gateway is shared by a number of cloud apps, including the Microsoft Power Platform (Power BI, Flow, and PowerApps), Azure Analysis Services, and Azure Logic Apps.

The gateway currently supports the following data sources

    • SQL Server
    • Filesystem
    • DB2
    • Informix
    • SharePoint
    • Oracle

Here are detailed instructions for configuring and managing the gateway.

Keep in mind that accessing on-premise data sources will affect the license required to build and run your app. You’ll need a PowerApps P1 or P2 license if you want or require a local data source.

You should look at Microsoft’s PowerApps plan website for licensing information.

Jussi Roine’s great complete license documentation for Microsoft Flow and PowerApps.


You can see how Power Apps is quickly becoming an invaluable tool for creating apps that fulfill your current business needs in terms of processes or workflows—all in a matter of hours.

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