Microsoft’s new tool for building line-of-business apps is now in public preview
This looks promising and might be a way for Microsoft to get more apps onto their Windows Phones. However, it is not clear in the article if the PowerApps-built apps actually run on Windows Phones as only iOS and Android are mentioned. But I would expect them to do so as a matter of course. Otherwise, yes, Microsoft could eat of the pie of Google and Apple, however it would not help them to gain market share with Windows Phones, specifically in the enterprise.
Microsoft PowerApps allows anybody to build basic business apps without having to touch any code. These apps can run on the web and on mobile (through the PowerApps apps for iOS and Android). Microsoft first announced a private preview of this project last November but starting today, it’s open for anybody who wants to give it a try.
Building apps in PowerApps is mostly a drag-and-drop affair. While the service offers an online dashboard, the design work happens in a Windows 10 desktop app.
Most line-of-business apps rely on being able to connect to a variety data sources. Thankfully, Microsoft makes it easy to connect to both its own tools like Excel, Office 365, SharePoint Online, OneDrive and Dynamics CRM, but also to third-party tools like Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Slack and Twitter. If you rely on a service that isn’t integrated into PowerApps yet, you can also connect your apps to any RESTful API.
To get new users situated, Microsoft offers a number…
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