Top 5 New Features in Power Apps

Top 5 New Features in Power Apps

1. Microsoft Stream videos and channels in canvas apps

Users have been waiting for the ability to feature their Microsoft Stream videos directly in canvas apps. Now they can! However, you must share any Microsoft Steam videos with the users you’d like to be able to see the videos, for them to be able to view them successfully.



2. Sharing made easy for model-driven apps

Microsoft has now made it easier for users to share model-driven apps. There is now a sharing panel where users can choose who to share an asset with and manage security roles.  The two-step process to share model-driven apps is described below:

Share a model-driven app

Sharing a model-driven app involves two primary steps. First, associate a one or more security role(s) with the app then assign the security role(s) to users.

  1. Visit
  2. Select a model-driven app and click Share.
  3. Select the app then choose a security role from the list.
  4. Search for a user.
  5. Select the user then select a role from the list.
  6. Click Share.

Share the link to your app

Unlike sharing canvas apps, sharing model-driven apps does not currently send an email with a link to the app.

To get the direct link to an app:

  1. Edit the app and click the Properties tab
  2. Copy the Unified Interface URL.
  3. Paste the app URL in a location so that your users can access it, such as by posting it on a SharePoint site or send via email.


3. Public preview of new Power Apps mobile app that runs both canvas and model-driven apps

Using Power Apps via the mobile app has been difficult for users. Mobile users have to install and use two separate apps to utilize both canvas and model-driven apps. Now, the new Power Apps mobile app has the ability to run both canvas and model-driven apps in a single list of apps on a mobile device.

In addition to the new capabilities, the changes to the UX have enhanced the usability on a mobile. Just some of the benefits of the new interface are:

  • Native look and feel
  • Gesture support
  • Updated animations
  • Interaction patters


4. AI Builder 2020 Wave 1 updates

AI Builder is adding new capabilities in Power Apps and Power Automate to make it easier to consume your AI models. New capabilities have been released since April 2020 and will continue to be released into September 2020. The list of the models that are/will be available in Wave 1 are below:

  • Form Processing analyzes the structure of your documents to locate and extract key-value pairs and table data from form documents. Train your model and define the information that you want to retrieve from your form documents.
  • Object detection lets you count, locate, and identify objects within an image. You can use this model in PowerApps to extract information from pictures you take with your device’s camera.
  • Sentiment analysis helps you identify positive or negative sentiment in emails, social media, customer reviews, or any text data you want to analyze. This model evaluates your text input to determine if it’s positive, negative, or neutral.
  • Language detection identifies the predominant language of a given text. The model analyses the text and returns the detected language with a confidence score.
  • Key phrase extraction identifies the main points in text. For example, given the sentence “The food was delicious and there was wonderful staff”, the model would identify “food” and “wonderful staff” as key phrases.
  • Text recognition extracts words from documents and images. It uses advanced optical character recognition (OCR) to detect embedded print and handwritten text.
  • As they are now generally available, these models are considered premium features. You need an AI Builder license or an active trial to use them.
  • Prebuilt flows quickly enable common AI Builder automation tasks in Power Automate. For example, automatic sentiment analysis of Dynamics emails.


5. Mixed Reality in Power Apps

It’s no longer necessary to have an extensive developer background to accomplish mixed reality in Power Apps. Mixed reality apps have been proven to positively impact the productivity of first line workers. For businesses to take advantage of mixed reality apps without Power Apps, they’ve had to make huge investments for hiring specialized developers.

The new capabilities work as a drag-and-drop development making it easy for everyday business users to create mixed reality apps. The ability for users at all organizational levels to utilize mixed reality will be paramount in furthering automating business processes.

Eryn Boyle
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