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Community Highlights | May & June 2021

Community Highlights

Power Platform Communities: Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate & Power Virtual Agents


New Forum! We would like to Welcome the Process Advisor forum board to the Power Automate & Family.

What is Process Advisor?

Process advisor records and analyzes your manual business tasks. It discovers inefficiencies and shows optimization and automation opportunities. For example: in a healthcare facility, you could use the process advisor to record patient check-in procedures. Process advisor automatically produces a process map that visualizes the check-in process. You can see which activities take the longest, how many variations of the check-in process there are, and what variations and actions take the most time. Using this information and the powerful features in the process advisor, you can drive improvements to make a difference for the business. Check out the full post in your community News & Announcements: Power BI, Power AppsPower Automate, Power Virtual Agents

Time Zone:

To ensure you see your User Group Events in your time zone. Check out how to update your time zone in your community profile.

We encourage community users to ensure that the time zone for your community profile is correct. 

  1. Sign in to your community account
  2. Click on your avatar
  3. In the drop-down menu, go to My Settings

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Select the 'Preference' tab, and then 'Preference Options'. 

Choose your time zone and select 'Save'. 

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New look in Community Private Messages with threaded messaging

  • Threaded view of conversations: Inbox & Sent items
  • New design in mobile view
  • Multiuser private messages
  • Broadcast Messages
  • Search within Private Messages 

The inbox is now presented in a threaded view and a streamlined experience:


Toolbar Update:

The Insert Code Sample button can now be seen in the top row of the toolbar. Thank you to the Super Users for this request!



User Groups:

Have you checked out New Microsoft User Groups Experience?

We are super thrilled to announce that Dynamics 365 and Power Platform communities supporting user groups. If you are a leader please check out the links below and request the creation of your group in this new experience. If you are looking to join, give a look to see if your user group has been requested if you are already a member of one. We hope to see many existing user groups being to join this new experience over the next few weeks.

What is a public preview? It is a preview of the experience open to all to test functionality and collect feedback until general availability – Summer 2021.

How to Access User Groups

From Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, or Power Virtual Agents communities, you will click the 'Community' dropdown in the top-level navigation and select 'User groups':



From the Dynamics 365 community you will choose 'User Groups' from the header at the top of the page:








Discover User Groups and User Group Events

The user group landing page is called the 'Discover' page and will provide recommended user groups and events. 

If you are looking for a user group, you can either enter a new location in the location field, or select 'See all' for a full listing of user groups, and you will be taken to the 'Group search' page, see below.  

While still on the 'Discover' page, you can sign up for a user group event. You can enter a new location in the location field, select a date or a format (online or in-person) that fits what you are looking for. 



You can also select 'See all' under the results rendered and you will be taken to the Events Search page, see below. 

If you know that you are looking for, a 'Networking' or 'Learning' event, you can scroll to the bottom of the 'Discover' page, and select the one you are looking for. You will be taken to the event search page, already filtered by the type of event chosen. 




Check out more about User Groups: User Group Member Page, Inviting Community Members to a User Group, User Group Events Page, Your Groups PageUser, Group Events, Event Info Page, Search events, Your events in your community.

To get an overview of our community user group experience, check out our support article that is available in each community: 


Check out our Top Super Users & Top Users reaching new levels

 These Top Users are posting, answering questions, kudos, and providing top solutions in their communities.

Top May 2021 Users                                                                           Top May 2021 Super Users

Community Username Rank Community Username Rank
Power BI Jiwhan_Kim Community Champion Power BI amitchandak Super User IV
Power BI selimovd Community Champion Power BI Fowmy Super User IV
Power BI HashamNiaz Solution Supplier Power BI Greg_Deckler Super User IV
Power Apps CNT Resident Rockstar Power Apps RandyHayes Super User III

Power Apps

Zaphod88 Responsive Resident Power Apps WarrenBelz Super User III
Power Apps C-Papa Responsive Resident Power Apps PStork1 Dual Super User III
Power Automate Damobird365
Community Champion Power Automate Pstork1 Dual Super User III
Power Automate jinivthakka
Resident Rockstar Power Automate PrasadAthaly
Super User
Power Automate NiloferA
Resolver IV Power Automate Expiscornovus
Super User III
Power Virtual Agents GRoman
Regular Visitor Power Virtual Agents jCook 
Super User III
Power Virtual Agents prufach
Frequent Visitor Power Virtual Agents renatoromao
Super User
Power Virtual Agents neeraja
Frequent Visitor      


Top June 2021 Users                                                                           Top June 2021 Super Users

Community Username Rank Community Username Rank
Power BI Jiwhan_Kim Community Champion Power BI amitchandak Super User IV
Power BI selimovd Community Champion Power BI Fowmy Super User IV
Power BI AlexisOlson
Resident Rockstar Power BI parry2k Super User III
Power Apps CNT Resident Rockstar Power Apps RandyHayes Super User III

Power Apps

zmansuri Memorable Member

Power Apps

WarrenBelz Super User III
Power Apps RoryBI Resident Rockstar Power Apps Pstork1 Dual Super User III
Power Automate Damobird365 Community Champion Power Automate Pstork1 Dual Super User III
Power Automate yoshihirok Memorable Member Power Automate Expiscornovus
Super User III
Power Automate jinivthakkar Resident Rockstar Power Automate ScottShearer
Super User III
Power Virtual Agents GRoman
Regular Visitor Power Virtual Agents jCook
Super User III
Power Virtual Agents prufach
Frequent Visitor Power Virtual Agents renatoromao Super User
Power Virtual Agents neeraja
Frequent Visitor      


News & Announcements Board: 

Make sure you are always up to date with the latest community happenings, in the News & Announcements board in each community: Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate & Power Virtual Agents.  

You can also subscribe to the board so you do not miss anything subscribing is easy check out our support article, Subscriptions & Notifications in Using the Community!  Power BIPower AppsPower Automate & Power Virtual Agents


Community Blogs

Each month our very own community blog authors publish some fantastic content to our community blog. A huge shoutout to these folks for taking the time to share their knowledge and expertise with the community!  Power BI Community Blog, Power Apps Community Blog, Power Automate Community Blog, Power Virtual Agents Community Blog


Thank you to our blog authors for writing some amazing blogs:

Power BI Community Blog: 

Automatically update data according to the date in the file name | Author: Janey Guo by @V-pazhen-msft 

Why is it sometimes not possible to select the exact number in the what-if parameter? by @selimovd

Marketing channels performance analysis in Power BI by @Djordje_M

Power BI Challenge 13 Wrap Up: Acing Documentation by @EnterpriseDNA 

Hide a Column Header on a Table in Power BI by @PriscillaCamp

Date Transformation Issue in Power BI Service by @ashanthakumar 

Exponential Moving Average in Power Query (EMA) by @Fowmy

External Tools In Power BI Desktop - Tutorials For Beginners by @EnterpriseDNA 

Introduction to AI Insights in Power BI Desktop by @PriscillaCamp

Lookup multiple columns in Power Query  by @ERD

Several factors influencing Drill through feature in Power BI  by @yingyinr

Power BI Dev Camp: June 24th | 11a PDT- Developing with the App-Owns-Data Starter Kit by @TedPattiso...

Fully customizable reports by @TimoRiikonen

Power BI Basics: Types of Tables In Power BI & Their Distinctions by @EnterpriseDNA 

Modern Visual Tooltip in Power BI  by @Pragati11

[DAX] Visualize last N months picking only one from filter context by @ibarrau

How to extract values of date/currency amount from text strings in Power query  by @V-lianl-msft 

Tips & Tricks To Build The Best Map Visualizations In Power BI  by @EnterpriseDNA 

Modern Visual Tooltip in Power BI  by @Pragati11

Circular Dependency between Calculated Columns in a Table in DAX by @AntrikshSharma

How to fuzzy match the dirty data and horizontal display the corresponding table by @v-lili6-msft 

Creating & Utilizing An Extended Date Table In Power BI – New & Effective Approach by @EnterpriseDNA 

USERNAME() v/s USERPRINCIPALNAME() in RLS for Power BI Embedded scenarios - When to use what? by @monaraya 

Power BI Dev Camp | Teaches Advanced Data Modeling - May 27th at 11a PDT by @TedPattison 

Creating a Visual Calendar in Power BI by @dedelman_clng 

Json Transformations by @v-lionel-msft

How To Create Superior Navigation Experience For Power BI Reports by @EnterpriseDNA 

Query Folding in PowerBI by @Kumail


Line chart with range of values in Power BI by @yingyinr

High Quality Power BI Reports Using Custom Visuals  by @EnterpriseDNA 

Power BI Challenge 13 – Acing Your Documentation by @EnterpriseDNA 

Refresh error: The xxxx column does not exist in the rowset by @V-lianl-msft

Split Amount Across Months Using Power Query  by @Fowmy 

Importance of efficient CRM reporting - Power BI Salesforce Dashboard by @Djordje_M

How to merge different rows with the same attribute into one row  by @yingyinr 

Creating Value Dynamic Formatting using Calculation Groups by @pade 

Power Apps Community Blog: 

Power Apps – One app platform to rule them all  by @Bridgeall

Creating Azure Functions, Custom Connectors and using them inside of Power apps by @chass

Power Automate Community Blog: 

Back to Basics #1: How to set up a Dynamics 365 / Power platform Trials by @codevenkat

Alterative to Disable Actions in Power Automate  by @PrasadAthalye

Power Automate Desktop - How to Read Element HTML by @PrasadAthalye

Power Virtual Agents Community Blog: 

How to use mark down to format a table for the bot response-for-the-bot-response/ba-p/1190942  by Expiscornovus


Community Support

As your community management team, we welcome all questions related to your Power Platform Community experience. If you need help with something related to your community profile, please head over to the "Community Support" category where you can submit a support request form and be guided through the steps to accomplish administrative tasks like changing your email address or your username.  We are here to assist you with any questions you may have about the Power Platform Communities. 

Check out the Community Support Areas: Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents

Did you find what you were looking for?  If not, please visit our Community Feedback board in each community and make a post.

Community Feedback boards: Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents.

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Thank you @heaher_italent for the shout out, will continue to share my learnings !

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Community will be READ ONLY July 16th, 5p PDT -July 22nd

Dear Community Members,   We'd like to let you know of an upcoming change to the community platform: starting July 16th, the platform will transition to a READ ONLY mode until July 22nd.   During this period, members will not be able to Kudo, Comment, or Reply to any posts.   On July 22nd, please be on the lookout for a message sent to the email address registered on your community profile. This email is crucial as it will contain your unique code and link to register for the new platform encompassing all of the communities.   What to Expect in the New Community: A more unified experience where all products, including Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio, and Power Pages, will be accessible from one community.Community Blogs that you can syndicate and link to for automatic updates. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this transition. Stay tuned for the exciting new features and a seamless community experience ahead!

Summer of Solutions | Week 4 Results | Winners will be posted on July 24th

We are excited to announce the Summer of Solutions Challenge!   This challenge is kicking off on Monday, June 17th and will run for (4) weeks.  The challenge is open to all Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio & Power Pages) community members. We invite you to participate in a quest to provide solutions in the Forums to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities.    Entry Period: This Challenge will consist of four weekly Entry Periods as follows (each an “Entry Period”)   - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 17, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 23, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 1, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 7, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 8, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 14, 2024   Entries will be eligible for the Entry Period in which they are received and will not carryover to subsequent weekly entry periods.  You must enter into each weekly Entry Period separately.   How to Enter: We invite you to participate in a quest to provide "Accepted Solutions" to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities. Users must provide a solution which can be an “Accepted Solution” in the Forums in all of the communities and there are no limits to the number of “Accepted Solutions” that a member can provide for entries in this challenge, but each entry must be substantially unique and different.    Winner Selection and Prizes: At the end of each week, we will list the top ten (10) Community users which will consist of: 5 Community Members & 5 Super Users and they will advance to the final drawing. We will post each week in the News & Announcements the top 10 Solution providers.  At the end of the challenge, we will add all of the top 10 weekly names and enter them into a random drawing.  Then we will randomly select ten (10) winners (5 Community Members & 5 Super Users) from among all eligible entrants received across all weekly Entry Periods to receive the prize listed below. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once overall. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random.  Individuals will be contacted before the announcement with the opportunity to claim or deny the prize.  Once all of the winners have been notified, we will post in the News & Announcements of each community with the list of winners.   Each winner will receive one (1) Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value). NOTE: Prize is for conference attendance only and any other costs such as airfare, lodging, transportation, and food are the sole responsibility of the winner. Tickets are not transferable to any other party or to next year’s event.   ** PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED RULES for this CHALLENGE**   Week 1 Results: Congratulations to the Week 1 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Community MembersNumber of SolutionsSuper UsersNumber of Solutions @anandm08  23 @WarrenBelz  31 @DBO_DV  10 @Amik  19 AmínAA 6 @mmbr1606  12 @rzuber  4 @happyume  7 @Giraldoj  3@ANB 6 (tie)   @SpongYe  6 (tie)     Week 2 Results: Congratulations to the Week 2 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutions @anandm08  10@WarrenBelz 25 @DBO_DV  6@mmbr1606 14 @AmínAA 4 @Amik  12 @royg  3 @ANB  10 @AllanDeCastro  2 @SunilPashikanti  5 @Michaelfp  2 @FLMike  5 @eduardo_izzo  2   Meekou 2   @rzuber  2   @Velegandla  2     @PowerPlatform-P  2   @Micaiah  2     Week 3 Results: Congratulations to the Week 3 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge.   Week 3:Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsPower Apps anandm0861WarrenBelz86DBO_DV25Amik66Michaelfp13mmbr160647Giraldoj13FLMike31AmínAA13SpongYe27     Week 4 Results: Congratulations to the Week 4 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge.   Week 4:Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsPower Apps DBO-DV21WarranBelz26Giraldoj7mmbr160618Muzammmil_0695067Amik14samfawzi_acml6FLMike12tzuber6ANB8   SunilPashikanti8

Check Out | 2024 Release Wave 2 Plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform

On July 16, 2024, we published the 2024 release wave 2 plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. These plans are a compilation of the new capabilities planned to be released between October 2024 to March 2025. This release introduces a wealth of new features designed to enhance customer understanding and improve overall user experience, showcasing our dedication to driving digital transformation for our customers and partners.    The upcoming wave is centered around utilizing advanced AI and Microsoft Copilot technologies to enhance user productivity and streamline operations across diverse business applications. These enhancements include intelligent automation, AI-powered insights, and immersive user experiences that are designed to break down barriers between data, insights, and individuals. Watch a summary of the release highlights.    Discover the latest features that empower organizations to operate more efficiently and adaptively. From AI-driven sales insights and customer service enhancements to predictive analytics in supply chain management and autonomous financial processes, the new capabilities enable businesses to proactively address challenges and capitalize on opportunities.    

Updates to Transitions in the Power Platform Communities

We're embarking on a journey to enhance your experience by transitioning to a new community platform. Our team has been diligently working to create a fresh community site, leveraging the very Dynamics 365 and Power Platform tools our community advocates for.  We started this journey with transitioning Copilot Studio forums and blogs in June. The move marks the beginning of a new chapter, and we're eager for you to be a part of it. The rest of the Power Platform product sites will be moving over this summer.   Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the launch. We can't wait to welcome you to our new community space, designed with you in mind. Let's connect, learn, and grow together.   Here's to new beginnings and endless possibilities!   If you have any questions, observations or concerns throughout this process please go to   To stay up to date on the latest details of this migration and other important Community updates subscribe to our News and Announcements forums: Copilot Studio, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages

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