2021 Release Wave 2 part 1: Power Apps

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As we know, Microsoft has two big yearly releases to Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, one in April (Wave 1) and another one in October (Wave 2). Well, we’re already in November and that means we can have available in our environments all the features delivered by Wave 2.

I’m going to publish some articles about to release of Wave 2. In this first article, I’ll describe the main updates to Power Apps!

Views and Grid updates

When accessing the environment, we can see changes on grids and views. Now the users can add new columns on the grid (columns from the current table and related tables), with the possibility to remove and sort them.

Figure 1: Column options button
Figure 2: Changing the column view order
Figure 3: Add new columns

Now the new grid control complies with Microsoft Accessibility Standard and is the basis for numerous upcoming features. Not only visual features were improved, but I could also notice the performance improvements, mainly to load the data.

Advanced Lookup for all users in model-driven apps

The advanced lookup feature brought us a better experience to find the needed records to fill the forms. The feature allows:

  • Show more information per row. Helping the user to find and select the correct record;
  • Switch between views and sort the records;
  • Select multiple records;
  • Filter the records as you want. Showing only what you need;
  • Explore the records without losing the context.
Figure 4: Link button to open the advanced lookup
Figure 5: Single record selection
Figure 6: Advanced lookup multi-table multi-select

You can check it out: Advanced Lookup

The new experience of sharing records

This release also brought us the new experience to share records. The feature is fully available on the unified interface and supported in the mobile experience.

Figure 7: Sharing records on unified interface

The new experience for editing multiple records

Editing multiple records was improved as well and we have all the unified interface experience to do it, and also, supported in the mobile experience.

Figure 8: Editing multiple records

The Dataverse search introduces a modern global search available by default on all devices, further users to find the desired information with simplified navigation, besides being an easy feature to be used, fast and intelligent.

Figure 9: Search bar
Figure 10: Search result

Some benefits that Dataverse provides us:

  • The search bar is always available at the top of the app. The user can do new searches easily;
  • Eliminates the need to navigate on many types of records to find the desired record;
  • Decrease the advanced find usage to find records, leaving the advanced find only for complex searches
  • Suggestion results a while you’re typing
  • Quick command bar available to help the user to execute the desired task without losing the search’s context

You can check it out on this link all step by step to configure the Dataverse search!

The new unified and modern Power Apps designer

In this release, the Power Apps designer brought all the existing features on the classic interface to the new modern interface. So now, you can do more with all features migrated to the modern interface.

Figure 11: Configure the navigation with live preview

Improved SiteMap on model-driven apps

The user can configure the navigation bar behavior. It will be possible to set up what options will be shown and whether the groups can be collapsed or expanded. Also, the options like Home, Recent, and Pinned can be enabled or not.

Figure 12: Navigation bar settings
Figure 13: Expanded/collapsed groups

Intelligent authoring experience with Power Apps Studio

As we know, Microsoft Power Fx is a powerful resource for makers to connect components, create button click actions and customize change data events, and many other possibilities. So, to help the users learn to write formulas, Microsoft incorporated the power of the AI on the Power Apps. The feature allows the users to write queries, for instance, using the natural language and the Power Apps automatically convert the query from the natural language to Power Fx formulas and you just need to apply the formula in the control contexts.

Figure 14: Converting from the natural language to Power Fx formula

You can check it out on the video Learn a new way to write formulas with AI powered assistance – YouTube more detail about the resource. 

Switch to classic nevermore

Starting with this release, all features of classic mode will be available in the new solution management portal. Now, we don’t need more to “switch to classic” to have access to specific features, all of them will be available on the modern interface. So now, the classic resource will start to be deprecated in the next releases.

ALM support to Canvas component and component libraries

The canvas components and component libraries can be used to build reusable UX components with low code. Once created, then users had difficulty managing it and moving the components from the dev environment to the prod environment. This release will add support ALM to these components. Now it’s possible to build low code components and add on the solution, moving the management of the components to the Dataverse’s solutions

Figure 15: Component library on Dataverse solution

I hope you enjoyed this article! Stay tuned for a new article soon. We’re just starting 🙂

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