Microsoft’s New PowerApps Tool Makes Everyone a Developer

Business is increasingly focused on mobile thanks to smartphones and tablets, but many companies can have a hard time dealing with the demand for applications that let their employees transport and use corporate data while out of the office. Mobile developers can be expensive, development can take time, testing is tedious, and deployment is a complex process.

Microsoft just unveiled a new beta service that’s intended to help simplify that process by allowing almost anyone to build an application. PowerApps combines a cloud application backend with easy-to-use tools that make creating a mobile application a mostly drag-and-drop process that non-technical users can understand and master to get information and corporate data to more employees.

It allows you to use built-in connections, or ones built by your company, to connect PowerApps to cloud services such as Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Dropbox and OneDrive and on-premises systems including SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle databases, SAP and more.

  • Business leaders – Get more value out of your existing systems and get the apps your employees need by empowering everyone in your organization to innovate.
  • Employees – Use Microsoft Office skills to create apps that connect to the information you need – and easily share them with anyone on your team.
  • IT professionals – Manage apps and access to data and critical business systems with the control and security your organization needs.
  • Pro developers – Use Azure App Service to build native apps faster with simple data integration and create APIs to easily collaborate with everyone.
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