Power Apps series 4/4: The latest in Power Apps

Read Power Apps series 1/4: How to get started with Canvas Apps and Power Apps series 3/4: Connect your departments with automation that provides an introduction to Power Apps and presents the first two types of Power Apps, both of which have their own advantages and strengths, but are used exclusively for internal processes. Now, Microsoft has come up with something innovative within Power Apps, which we will see more of in the future. 

Today, we dive into Microsoft's latest addition to the family of Power Apps, Portals.

Power Apps portals: Larger user interface

With portals, it is possible for your company to give internal and external users access to your data and systems. Det er med portaler muligt for din virksomhed at give interne og eksterne brugere adgang til dine data og systemer. It is a feature that isn't available in the other two types of Power Apps. By using high data security and different login types, for example, via the user's own account with Microsoft, Google, Facebook, or similar, you get a larger user interface and can combine your portal with different platforms. With the new portals, it is e.g., possible to have a customer login on your website so that your customers, for example, can see previous orders, invoices, credits,  etc. It is an element that provides value for your customers as well as your own business.

You decide for yourself what information you allow other people to have access to, and it is easy for your to customize and define user groups, such as employees, customers, and partners.

At twoday RelateIT, we expect that in the future, we will work much more in portals - but at the same, the two previous types will continue to provide great value internally for companies.

”I predict that this type of Power Apps will evolve a lot in the future - and that portals have a huge potential in the long run"

Jesper Hansen, Product Manager, Power, twoday RelateIT

Portals have great potential, but limitations

While portals have great potential, there are still limitations to this type of Power Apps. This is because, for a while, the possibilities are still very simple and limited. For example, it's not possible to use all the connections we know from Canvas Apps and Power Automate now to retrieve and present data from other systems. 

Although it is not yet on the drawing board, our Product Manager for Power Apps, Jesper Hansen, predicts and hopes that these are features that Microsoft will come up with later. 

Get started for free with Power Apps portals

As with the other two types of Power Apps, it's all online and free to try for the first 30 days. Microsoft has all data placed with them, so both your company and your data are securely protected. 

If you are interested in a concrete example of how you can incorporate Power Apps into your business development, you can read Power Apps series 2/4: GSV got Power App for quality control. Here you get a little insight into the app that GSV and twoday RelateIT have made in collaboration and how GSV creates value for their employees with a Power App.  

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