Microsoft launches PowerApps to help enterprises quickly deploy apps

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 02 December 2015
Microsoft launches PowerApps to help enterprises quickly deploy apps

Microsoft has launched PowerApps, an enterprise service that enables developers and employees to quickly create and share business apps with colleagues using any device.

Using PowerApps enables employees to quickly create apps that work on any device using an intuitive template and visual design tool that offers a similar user experience to Microsoft Office 365. The apps can then be shared via e-mail.

Employees can also use built-in connections, or connections developed by their enterprise, to connect PowerApps to cloud services such as Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, OneDrive, Saleforce and Dropbox, as well as on-premises systems like SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle databases, SAP and more.

Meanwhile, developers can access the Microsoft Azure App Service to build employee-facing apps and share them quickly. They can also build additional data connections and application programming interfaces for existing business systems to enable employees to create their own apps. PowerApps also has built-in data security and privacy controls to enable developers and IT administrators to manage data access and maintain corporate policies.

“PowerApps will dramatically accelerate how business apps are built, reducing time to solution from weeks or months to minutes and empowering a new category of app creators,” said Bill Staples, corporate vice president of Application Platforms at Microsoft, in a blog post. “It balances power between IT and business users, arming those closest to business needs with tools and services to not just envision, but also implement, the solution. It moves what has been for decades a set of scenarios that typically only run on-premises with PCs, to being centred in the cloud and delivered mobile-first.”

Microsoft has partnered with a number of customers and partners – such as Toro, Bose, Metro Bank and eBecs – to ensure that PowerApps addresses business needs and helps them to become more agile. To date, customers have used the solution to build various apps, such as a recruiting app for an internal team and a mobile app that connects bank employees to their customer relationship management system.

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