Power Apps review: Sweeter than Honeycode

Much more than a no-code builder, Power Apps lets you add functionality with Excel-like formulas, easily connects to external data sources, and integrates with Power Automate for flow editing and Power BI for data analysis.

Microsoft Power Apps review: Sweeter than Honeycode
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At a Glance

Power Apps is a suite of apps, services, connectors, and a data platform — including tools for non-coders — designed for the rapid development of custom business apps that connect to data stored in Power Apps’s underlying data platform (Microsoft Dataverse) or in other data sources (on-prem or in the cloud) such as SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, and SQL Server. Once you’ve built an app, you can share it with your colleagues.

In other words, Power Apps is a low-code, web-based, and cloud-based platform for building web and mobile web applications, one which easily connects to business data. Programmers can extend Power Apps to “programmatically interact with data and metadata, apply business logic, create custom connectors, and integrate with external data.”

Unlike the version of “PowerApps” (notice the historical lack of a space between words) that I previewed in 2016, the current Power Apps does not require using a Windows Store-based design environment, and it’s much more than a no-code builder. This is the cloud-based “PowerApps” design environment that Microsoft was promising back then.

Power Apps competes directly with Amazon Honeycode and Google Cloud AppSheet, as well as with about 400 other low-code and no-code app builders.

Power Apps building blocks

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