Microsoft to Release PowerApps and Flow on Nov. 1
Microsoft's PowerApps no-code business application builder and Flow workflow automation technology will be generally available on Nov. 1.Continuing the company's mission to create a unified, cloud-enabled productivity and business application ecosystem, Microsoft announced on Oct. 31 that PowerApps and Flow will be generally available Nov. 1. PowerApps is a tool for building mobile and web business apps without code. Flow is the company's IFTTT-like workflow automation technology. Together, they help unlock new, productivity-enhancing capabilities for organizations that have already invested in Microsoft's other business software offerings. "In addition to their stand-alone value, PowerApps and Flow work together with Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics 365, and through a large and growing family of built-in connectors with hundreds of other popular business applications and database systems," James Phillips, corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Applications, Platform and Intelligence, said in an Oct. 31 announcement. "You can even connect to applications and data residing at your own facilities through the on-premise data gateway. Through these integrations, users can easily build applications and orchestrate workflows spanning business processes and joining data previously locked up in silos." Despite its focus on "power users" or non-developers, PowerApps remains a welcoming of the developer community, Philips said. Coders can add PowerApps building blocks by creating Azure Functions in Java or Python, he offered as an example. The platform is also intended to help power users and developers work together to solve business problems through the technology.
Already, both PowerApps and Flow is off to a strong start, Philips noted.