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New User - What's the right account for me?

Hi - I recently learned about the Power Platform and would like to learn the various programs.  Currently, I only have a personal 365 account.  As an individual user who just wants to practice and learn the programs what would you all recommend is the best account and way for me to gain access to the Power Platform?  Thanks!

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Re: New User - What's the right account for me?

@JordanKelman 

Yes, pretty much all of the Office 365 for business plans have a PowerApps license.  There are some restrictions on a PowerApps license under Office 365 (such as on-premise gateways, CDS data, etc.) but for the most part you would have a license to roll and can use that for the Community plan as well.

Yes, the Office 365 Developer Program is another route - it expires after 90 days - but, it's longer than the straight-out Office 365 For Business trial.

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@JordanKelman 

I would take a look at the PowerApps Community Plan.  This will give you an environment to design and learn PowerApps and Flow.  And...it's free!!

 

I hope that leads you where you want to be.

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Re: New User - What's the right account for me?

Hi @JordanKelman ,

Do you want to use Power Platform with your personal Office 365 account?

 

If you want to use Power Platform functionality with your personal Office 365 account, I afraid that there is no way to achieve your needs currently.

 

Currently, if you want to sign up PowerApps, Microsoft Flow or Power BI, you must own a Work or School account. You could not sign up for PowerApps, Microsoft Flow or Power BI with your personal account.

Please check the following article for more details:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/signup-for-powerapps#what-email-address-can-i-use

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/service-self-service-signup-for-power-bi#supported-email-a...

 

If you have own a Work or School account already, you could sign up for PowerApps Community Plan as Individual user, then you could use PowerApps functionality.

More details about signing up for PowerApps Community Plan as Individual user, please check the following article:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/dev-community-plan

 

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Re: New User - What's the right account for me?

Thank you both. Very helpful and I appreciate all the additional information.  

 

@v-xida-msft I currently do not have a work/school email address that I can use to sign up for the Power Apps Community Plan. 

 

Is there a way to create a generic email account that will work to get set up? or do you have recommendations to create a new work email account that will allow me access to the Community Plan?

 

Thanks!

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@JordanKelman 

Ah yes - no work or school account (i.e. Office 365 for Business account) will be the only requirement for that Community Edition.

You could either sign up for one (pretty low monthly cost), or start a Trial version of an Office 365 for Business plan.  Although it would expire, and thus your community plan, you could either choose to pay and go, or scrap and start a new trial.

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Re: New User - What's the right account for me?

@RandyHayes  Thanks Randy.  So to confirm I can get around the Community Plan and work/email address issue by just signing up for an Office 365 Business plan with a personal gmail account and then get access to Power Apps? I am not opposed to the cost I just want to be sure whichever route I go I am able to access and learn the Power Programs.  

 

Do you know if the Office 365 Developer program is another route I could go?  Thanks again!! 

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Re: New User - What's the right account for me?

@JordanKelman 

Yes, pretty much all of the Office 365 for business plans have a PowerApps license.  There are some restrictions on a PowerApps license under Office 365 (such as on-premise gateways, CDS data, etc.) but for the most part you would have a license to roll and can use that for the Community plan as well.

Yes, the Office 365 Developer Program is another route - it expires after 90 days - but, it's longer than the straight-out Office 365 For Business trial.

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