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Power Platform news from Microsoft Ignite 2021

After a jam packed two days at Microsoft Ignite there is definitely some exciting news in the Power Platform space. Pay-as-you-go usage billing in Azure, Native Power Apps on mobile devices, Power Apps Co-authoring and Conditional Access polices to secure app and data access enhances this already amazing platform.

With the announcement of a more flexible way to pay for Power Platform services, currently in preview, customers can use an Azure subscription to cover their Power Apps and Dataverse costs based on actual usage. Historically, low-code platforms have required customers to figure out their licensing needs in advance – often involving time-consuming procurement processes negotiated between developers, makers and IT professionals. While there are many benefits to the scale and predictability of user-based licensing, several scenarios today require the agility of a usage-based model. With deep roots in both Microsoft 365 as well as Azure, Power Platform is uniquely equipped to offer customers both options. With the new pay-as-you-go plan, customers only pay for what they use, giving them more flexibility to get started with low code with low risk and then scale their investments over time based on the usage patterns of their solutions. Meaning even the smallest of companies can leverage the use of Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Bi and even Power Virtual Agents knowing they will only pay when they use it.

Also previewing in December 2021, Power Apps will become distributable via iOS and Android app stores as native apps, i.e. no need to separately install the Power Apps Player! To deliver a seamless app experience for users, Power Apps mobile apps will enable makers to easily package Canvas apps. Power Apps mobile apps will allow makers to deliver a completely branded, end-to-end experience for their mobile apps – distributed natively through Microsoft Endpoint Manager and private enterprise app stores like Microsoft App Center, Apple Volume Purchase Program, and Managed Google Play.

Its was only last week that I sent out the Can multiple users edit an App in Power Apps? blog as Power Apps Co-authoring is a question asked at nearly every event. So its very exciting to see the development and testing of native Co-authoring, allowing multiple makers to work on the same app at the same time and merge their changes. This is an early experimental release for Microsoft to gather feedback as they continue to enable makers to work together when building solutions but its great to see its not far away.

New Power Platform updates provide administrators with more control over app access and compliance. Conditional access policies on individual apps gives admins the right controls over apps and data. Admins can now apply policies to block guest access or require multi-factor authentication for a specific app. As well as the existing security and DLP controls which help admins manage the access to apps and the data within apps, admins can now quarantine a specific apps that doesn’t meet an organizations policy

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