Microsoft Introduces PowerApps for Quickly Creating Business Apps

Microsoft PowerApps allows users to create business apps using a Microsoft Office-like experience, and share them with their coworkers.

Microsoft has introduced PowerApps, which will allow business employees, developers and IT professionals to create and share business apps with their coworkers or teams ‘within minutes.’

For employees, PowerApps allows users to create apps in a Microsoft Office-like experience, and contains templates for getting started. Users can connect PowerApps to cloud services including Office 365, Salesforce, Dropbox and OneDrive (among others), as well as on-premises systems like SharePoint, Oracle databases and more.

Users can share these PowerApps like they would share documents, by entering a coworker’s email address. Created apps will work on iOS, Android and Windows devices.

In addition, PowerApps includes Azure App Service, so developers can create and share employee-facing apps. Companies can manage users’ data access within PowerApps.

The announcement blog reads:

PowerApps will dramatically accelerate how business apps are built, reducing time to solution from weeks or months to minutes and empowering a new category of app creators. It balances power between IT and business users, arming those closest to business needs with tools and services to not just envision but also implement the solution. It moves what has been for decades a set of scenarios that typically only run on-premises with PCs to being centered in the cloud and delivered mobile-first.

Users can request an invite to Microsoft PowerApps here. The service will be available in both free and paid plans, but the standard (paid) plan is free during this preview period.