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Super User

Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Just made my first phone call from a PowerApp... WOW!

  1. That was ridiculously easy to implement
  2. Opens up tons of new use cases in my imagination

For those wondering, its as simple as Launch("tel://206-206-2062") or Launch("tel://" & ThisItem.phone) or Launch("tel://" & phoneTextbox.Text). Try it out and impress your friends! Make your colleagues jelly they aren't using PowerApps!

Yay!

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Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Thanks for sharing this and for raising the awareness of this feature Eric :-)

In case it helps anyone, I mentioned the escape characters for * and # here - this could be useful if you need to dial extensions or automated processes.

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/Problem-with-dialling-a-phone-number-from-pow...

CvdK
Level: Powered On

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Try Launch("tel:01234566789") instead of Launch("tel://0123456789")

That made it work for me with Skype

Same for mailto: (Adding // in this case added a slash to the users mailaddress in Outlook.)

 

Kr

 

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Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Thanks for sharing this and for raising the awareness of this feature Eric :-)

In case it helps anyone, I mentioned the escape characters for * and # here - this could be useful if you need to dial extensions or automated processes.

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/Problem-with-dialling-a-phone-number-from-pow...

Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Curious if anyone has gotten Skype calls to work... I've found a decent hack for determining if one is on Mobile or Desktop (at least within my org). Now I'd like to launch the native phone if Mobile, else launch Skype to make the call. BUT I get an error.

Determine if user is on Mobile or Desktop, then Launch() accordingly:

If(
        IsBlank(Location.Latitude), //Super sneaky way to determine if users are on Mobile or Desktop--at least in my org.
        Launch("skype:+" & ThisItem.phoneNumber & "?call"),
        Launch("tel://" & ThisItem.phoneNumber)
    )

I've tried ThisItem.phoneNumber formatted as:

- 12345678910

- 1 (234) 567-8910

- 1-234-567-8910

Each time I get the following error when Skype opens: 

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Anyone else successful with launching Skype for Business Calls from a link?

Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Anyone figure out how to make Skype calls from a link in PowerApps? Could really use this!

Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Hi Eric

If you assoicate 'tel' links with Skype for Business on a desktop, does that enable you to open a telephone number with Skype for Business?

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_sfb-mso_win10/skype-for-business-cannot-...

I like how you use Location.Lattitude to check if the user is using a mobile or desktop btw. Nice trick!

 

Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Hi @timl
Thanks, I though that was slick too Smiley Happy
RE: tel:// links and Skype... newp. I get the error shown in the original post when using tel. I've also tried "skb://" and "sip://".

Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Hi @ericonline

Sorry to hear that doesn't work. Hopefully someone can come up with an answer.

CvdK
Level: Powered On

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

Try Launch("tel:01234566789") instead of Launch("tel://0123456789")

That made it work for me with Skype

Same for mailto: (Adding // in this case added a slash to the users mailaddress in Outlook.)

 

Kr

 

Super User
Super User

Re: Phone Calls From PowerApps...WOW!

@CvdK!! Thank you so much. Worked perfectly. Numbers now launch in Skype for business. 

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