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Announcing new Power Platform capabilities at Microsoft Ignite - Microsoft Power Platform Blog


This year at Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing a set of new capabilities across Power Platform that enable business users (Citizen Developers), business analysts, IT admins, and professional developers to build and deliver applications faster and more cost-effectively. Be sure to watch our featured sessions--What's next for the Microsoft Power Platform and Driving a Data Culture with Power BI for a deep dive into these capabilities, as well the news story and featured session for Dynamics 365 for a comprehensive view of innovation across Microsoft Business Applications that can drive innovation and customer excellence across the organization. Since first introducing RPA in Microsoft Power Automate at Ignite in 2019, hundreds of thousands of organizations have adopted Power Automate and are now automating billions of actions each month. In 2020, we introduced Power Automate Desktop, which extended automation capabilities in Power Automate to on-premises processes and local desktop tasks. Today, we are continuing this momentum by announcing that Power Automate Desktop, which offers RPA capabilities that easily automate time-consuming manual work, will be available to Windows 10 users at no additional cost.

Microsoft debuts new AI capabilities in Power BI, makes PowerApps portals generally available


It was only a few weeks ago that Microsoft announced enhancements heading to Power BI and PowerApps, its no-code business analytics service and web apps design platforms, respectively. But that didn't stop it from unveiling yet another set of features during the Microsoft Business Applications Summit in Atlanta, Georgia this week, where the company took the wraps off a new look for Power BI and improvements in Microsoft Flow, a service which lets users create rule-based workflows that automatically trigger actions, along with improvements in Power BI and PowerApps. "We are getting tremendous feedback and energy from our customers and developers. That feedback helps us develop products that are tailored to their needs," said Microsoft corporate vice president James Phillips. "From there we get to see them innovate and thrive. It's been amazing to see us growing across the board, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing our customers, partners, and developers in action."

Office Excel: Why it's Microsoft's not-so-secret weapon in no-code app development


Low-code, no-code or visual-based coding is getting more attention these days. Amazon Web Services (AWS) in June launched a beta of Honeycode. Google in January snapped up low-code outfit AppSheet and killed off AppMaker for Workspace, formerly G Suite, also beefing up Google Cloud with the Business Application Platform in September. Salesforce has its Lightning platform, while Oracle has Application Express (APEX), and there are more offerings from Appian, Zoho, ServiceNow and others vying for a slice of businesses' undergoing digital transformation. The promise of low- and no-code platforms is that business users can create mobile and web apps by pulling data from spreadsheets or databases to help their colleagues access data where and when they need it – in a browser or a mobile device – almost without requiring professional developers.

3 low-code and no-code trends in the year ahead


Low-code and no-code has stirred a lot of consternation and even downright ridicule among professional developers, many of whom can recall the low-code (or at least lower-code) solutions that came with previous generations of technology, from fourth-generation languages to CASE tools to mashups. The prospects for low-code and no-code software development over the coming year are mixed, according to chief technology officers participating in a recent roundtable organized by The Software House. As reported by Dennis de Vriesin in Silicon Canals. "I don't believe that everyone can suddenly create software," says Bastiaan de Ruiter, CTO of Blanco. "Putting low-code platforms in the hands of everyone will create problems with governance."

Software developers are changing: They want to learn in different ways


The way we build software has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. There's no longer one place to work, one place to find the information you need, let alone one place to build all that software. We need new ways to learn things, too; the traditional ways of delivering documentation and training don't scale to modern application development. That same scaling problem faces anyone putting together a developer conference. What used to be a safe bet, an event that brings all the technologies from one company together in one place, isn't quite so safe a bet any more.