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Microsoft AI Builder brings machine learning to PowerApps

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Microsoft's AI Builder artificial intelligence platform, now in preview, enables nonprogrammers -- as well as professional developers -- to easily add AI to the projects they are working on to create more intelligent applications. Microsoft's low-code, no-code Power Platform consists of PowerApps, Power BI and Flow. PowerApps enables developers to create mobile and web apps with low- or no-code. Power BI is for analyzing data, creating reports and creating dashboards with low or no code, and Flow helps devs automate tasks and workflows with low or no code. AI Builder is tightly integrated with PowerApps so that users can simply click on visual prompts to add AI-enabled controls to their mobile or web.


PowerApps Portals are now Generally Available

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In June 2019, during Microsoft Business Application Summit, we introduced PowerApps Portals as a new capability coming to PowerApps. Today I am excited to announce that PowerApps Portals are now generally available. Since we started Public Preview of PowerApps Portals in July 2019, over 6000 PowerApps Portals have been created with more than 2500 monthly active Portal makers creating and designing Portals. We thank all of our preview participants for being part of this journey with us and providing critical feedback which helped us in shaping the key capabilities. With general availability, all PowerApps makers can now create powerful low-code and responsive portals which allow users external to their organizations to interact with data stored in Common Data Service.


Microsoft releases public preview of PowerApps business-app building service

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Five months after delivering a limited preview of its PowerApps service for building custom business applications, Microsoft is making PowerApps available as a public preview today, April 29. PowerApps, which was codenamed Project Kratos, is designed to allow business users and business analysts to create custom native, mobile, and Web apps that can be shared simply across their organizations. Examples of just a few of the many types of apps users can create using PowerApps include simple cost estimators, budget trackers, and site-inspection reports. PowerApps connects to existing cloud services and data sources. It's designed to allow users to build apps without writing code or having to figure out integration issues.


Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to be generally available November 1

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Microsoft will be making PowerApps and Flow, two of its power-user development tools, generally available as of November 1. PowerApps is for building web and mobile business applications without coding. Flow, Microsoft's version of IFTTT (If This Then That), is its business-process automation tool. The November 1 timing is not coincidental, as both PowerApps and Flow are set to be included with Dynamics 365, some pieces of which will be available for purchase starting November 1. The Common Data Model at the heart of Dynamics 365 initially was part of PowerApps. Microsoft has been testing PowerApps and Flow for a while now.


Microsoft Power Platform update aims to put AI in reach of business users – TechCrunch

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Low code and no code are the latest industry buzzwords, but if vendors can truly abstract away the complexity of difficult tasks like building machine learning models, it could help mainstream technologies that are currently out of reach of most business users. That's precisely what Microsoft is aiming to do with its latest Power Platform announcements today. The company tried to bring that low-code simplicity to building applications last year when it announced PowerApps. Now it believes by combining PowerApps with Microsoft Flow and its new AI Builder tool, it can allow folks building apps with PowerApps to add a layer of intelligence very quickly. It starts with having access to data sources, and the Data Connector tool gives users access to more than 250 data connectors.