Microsoft announces pre-built Office 365 screens in PowerApps

Topics: SharePoint, PowerApps

Microsoft PowerApps ushered in a new era of app building. The cumbersome process of building apps has been converted into one that is simple, quick and easy. Hail PowerApps!

Apps built using PowerApps are immediately mobile and cloud proof. Not just that the cost of building and maintaining apps is also much lesser. Being a Microsoft solution, it offers all the power of Microsoft tools in one place. What more? You don’t require any prior coding knowledge when it comes to building apps using PowerApps.

This month Microsoft has made available new Office 365 screen templates in PowerApps. With the new feature, you can add Microsoft Office capabilities to their custom apps in just few clicks. All you need to do is insert one of the screens within PowerApps studio and all the required data sources, expressions and components will be added for you.

Screens

 

The screens are completely customizable and work together. For instance, if you add People, Meeting and Email screens, the people selected will automatically appear on all 3 screens.

 

Exploring New screens

  • People 

Easily search for users in your organization

  • Email

Send emails from anywhere in the app

  • Meeting 

Send meeting invite via Outlook quickly. To streamline the entire process, suggested meeting times are automatically populated.

  • Tutorial 

With this screen, you can easily guide users how to use your app.

  1. Make this as the first screen in your app.
  • Calendar 

Add custom calendar functionality to your app and easily keep a track of  your schedule for any given date.

  • Success 

The screen essentially enables you to add confirmation for a user action. For e.g. after sending a meeting invite or submitting a form.

 

Things to remember

  • Top 15 results will only be returned while searching for people
  • For the screens, navigation has not been pre-defined. You will have to define this behavior to navigate to the next screen
  • Once the primary action is completed, MyPeople collection will be cleared. Once an e-mail is being sent, the collection will be cleared. The list will also be cleared for other screens reading from that collection.
  • By default, screens like Email, People and Meeting read and write from the "MyPeople" collection. In case, you want to change this behavior, change the Items property of MeetingPeopleGallery to a different collection name. 
  • In the meeting screen, while searching for rooms, only 20 rooms will be returned at a time.

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