What Are Power Apps?

by | February 14, 2020 | Dynamics CRM, Power Platform

What are Power Apps?

What are Power Apps?

At a high level, Power Apps give you the ability to create your own custom apps that are specifically designed to suit your business needs. And you don’t have to know how to code to use them.

Power Apps can really be as simple or complex as you’d like to make them. For developers, Power Apps give you the ability to write code, add plug-ins, use JavaScript, and more. And for those of us that aren’t developers, it provides an easy to use Power Apps Studio for creating apps from scratch, as well as a user-friendly App Designer for creating model-driven apps that can be quickly implemented into your Customer Engagement environment.

Here are the four major components:

Canvas Apps – These were appropriately named, as they are apps that start out as a blank canvas. Canvas Apps provide an incredible amount of creativity and flexibility in the design and functionality. Choose to build them with a phone or tablet format. Embed them into an existing form in your Customer Engagement environment, or simply as a stand-alone app. And you will have the option to start with a template also if you’d like. One thing to add in regards to Canvas Apps, if you are comfortable with using formulas in MS Excel, you’ll feel right at home designing your own app.

Model-Driven Apps – These apps allow you to pick and choose existing entities, forms, views, and dashboards, and throw them all together in your own app that may better suit your business needs. This allows you to not be tied down to the out-of-the-box apps such as Sales Hub, Customer Service Hub, etc. You can choose the name of your app, reorder the site map, and then assign which security roles you’d like to have access to.

Portals – If you’ve thought your business could really benefit from an external-facing site that your customers, clients, contractors, or vendors would have access to, now you have the option of creating one that integrates with your data however you choose. Allow them to view their accounts, request service, complete a work order or a number of other options that may be more specific to benefit your business.

Common Data Service – The CDS is the platform on which all Dynamics 365 Apps are built. This is where your data lives. It provides you with secure storage and allows you to manage your data through the applications that are connected to it.

Consider how your business could benefit from Power Apps and start building your very first app!

Related Posts


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Upcoming Events


01sep10:00 am10:30 amEnsuring Quality and Compliance for Batch Manufacturers in Life Sciences

01sep12:00 pm12:30 pmIs it Worth It to Move to the Cloud? A Look at Considerations for Current Agribusinesses Using Dynamics GP

01sep2:00 pm2:45 pmWhat’s New in Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain

09sep11:00 am12:00 pmConfab Live with Stoneridge – Data Strategy and Reporting – Mining Decision Making Insights

15sep10:00 am11:00 amSolving the Biggest Challenges in Agribusiness Through Innovation and Technology

22sep12:00 am12:30 pmSimplifying Payroll and HR Management with ADP Workforce Now

22sep10:00 am10:30 amStreamlining Batch Manufacturing with Technology

22sep2:00 pm2:30 pmProcess Automation for Microsoft Dynamics D365 for Business Central, Finance and Operations and GP

23sep11:00 am12:00 pmConfab LIVE with Stoneridge - Riding the Wave 2 Release – Key Features Coming to Dynamics 365 this October

29sep10:00 am11:00 amTop Five Reasons Why NOW is the Right Time to Move from Salesforce to Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement

29sep12:00 pm12:45 pmUnderstanding Job Costing and Tax Management in Business Central

29sep2:00 pm3:00 pmDigitalizing Horticulture & Agriculture - How to Sell Plants Online and Simplify Business Management

30sep12:00 pm4:00 pmSecurity and Permissions Training for D365 Business Central or Dynamics NAV


06oct10:00 am10:30 amPreview of D365 Business Central Fall Release Features and Functionality

06oct12:00 pm12:30 pmInsider's Guide to New Features Available in the Fall Release of D365 Finance and Supply Chain

07oct11:00 am12:00 pmConfab LIVE with Stoneridge - Dataverse and Dynamics in Review – Let’s Get Technical

21oct11:00 am12:00 pmConfab LIVE with Stoneridge - Dataverse and Dynamics in Review – Let’s Get Functional

26oct(oct 26)9:00 am28(oct 28)5:00 pmStoneridge Connect Leadership and Community Conference

About Stoneridge
Stoneridge Software is a unique Microsoft Gold Partner, with emphasis on partner. With specialties in Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, we focus on attracting the most knowledgeable experts in the field to our team, and prioritize delivering stellar solutions with maximum impact for your business. At Stoneridge, we are deeply committed to your results. Each engagement is met with a dedicated team, ready to provide thorough, tailored, and expert service. Based in Minnesota, we intentionally “step into your shoes,” wherever you are. We focus on what you care about, and develop trusting, long-term relationships with our clients.

Subscribe To Our Blog

Sign up to get periodic updates on the latest posts.

Thank you for subscribing!