Microsoft introduces service for companies to create their own apps




Microsoft comes up with a service called Power Apps that enables companies to create a gui apps that use their own data. The apps can use data from both cloud storage services as the local storage of the company itself.

At the time finds Power Apps in a preview phase. The apps can be created using a simple GUI in Windows, iOS and Android. This compares with Microsoft Office. The apps are stored within Power Apps, but not exported as standalone applications. Instead, the self-developed apps are always opened within Power Apps. The advantage is that an app within the company can be shared through a link only. The apps can therefore be developed and used on all three platforms.

Microsoft provides examples of apps that help with event planning, sales figures make clear, equipment reservation for employees, polls keep employees and maintain an interactive catalog of inventory. Microsoft also offers several templates to facilitate the development. The Azure Service App developers can also create APIs that power Apps weather can make use of.

The cloud resources that Microsoft calls are Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Bing, Salesforce, Twitter, Office 365, Dynamics CRM and Yammer. In addition, Power Apps supports local systems of SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle and SAP. Prices for the service are not yet fixed, but it is already known that is charged per user per month. There is a free trial version of Power Apps with limited functionality.


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