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prasadvenkat
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Notifying Users of new version of App

Is there a way we can notify users of "new version" of the app? Any way we can trigger notification to all users upon doing a publish?  

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Re: Notifying Users of new version of App

@prasadvenkat 

What are you attempting to solve?  Is it that users that are in the app need to be notified so they can exit and re-enter?  Otherwise, when you publish and a user starts the App...they will have the latest version.

If you are trying to kick people out that are in it so they can start over...no built-in way that I know of.  You could create some list as a data source that would have an app version in it.  Periodically (via a timer control) check that list and compare version information - if not the same, notify the user and give them the option to exit.

 

I Hope that gives you some help.

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prasadvenkat
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Re: Notifying Users of new version of App

Don't users have to refresh the PowerApps before launching the app? I do not need to get users to exit the running app. If they get the latest version automatically upon app launch that is good. But thought the refresh button was required to be pushed before launching the app so they get a new version

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Re: Notifying Users of new version of App

@prasadvenkat 

In all my journeys it has always downloaded the latest published app when selected.  

I will say that sometimes I have noticed it may not happen on the first selection of the app from the list - but if not, it usually happens on the second.

Since an older version could have negative impacts on the data as may be redefined in a newer version - where ever that is the case, we do have a list somewhere that has the version in it (our version).  We compare that on start up and if not correct...dump out.  This solved the problem of a user clicking on an app and somehow getting an older version of it.  Then, since they were dumped out, it was just about them clicking on it again...it usually downloaded the new at that point.

 

Hope that helps some.

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xzDan
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Re: Notifying Users of new version of App

Exactly what I have done, @RandyHayes . A separate list with just a version number, and I enter a number on each app. If they aren't the same, it is locked. I had to use this due to the browser ( I suppose) often caching an older version.

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Re: Notifying Users of new version of App

@xzDan 

As a bonus...we also have the list with a Maintenance date (both a start and end column) and a Maintenance Comment column as well.

This way we can "announce" a maintenance mode if a user uses the app during a period where we need to change critical aspects of it (usually for underlying datasource changes).

The possibilities are endless!!

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