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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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Copilot Cookbook Challenge | Week 1 Results | Win Tickets to the Power Platform Conference

We are excited to announce the "The Copilot Cookbook Community Challenge is a great way to showcase your creativity and connect with others. Plus, you could win tickets to the Power Platform Community Conference in Las Vegas in September 2024 as an amazing bonus.   Two ways to enter: 1. Copilot Studio Cookbook Gallery: 2. Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery:   There will be 5 chances to qualify for the final drawing: Early Bird Entries: March 1 - June 2Week 1: June 3 - June 9Week 2: June 10 - June 16Week 3: June 17 - June 23Week 4: June 24 - June 30     At the end of each week, we will draw 5 random names from every user who has posted a qualifying Copilot Studio template, sample or demo in the Copilot Studio Cookbook or a qualifying Power Apps Copilot sample or demo in the Power Apps Copilot Cookbook. Users who are not drawn in a given week will be added to the pool for the next week. Users can qualify more than once, but no more than once per week. Four winners will be drawn at random from the total qualifying entrants. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random. Prizes:  One Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value, does not include travel, lodging, or any other expenses) Winners are also eligible to do a 10-minute presentation of their demo or solution in a community solutions showcase at the event. To qualify for the drawing, templates, samples or demos must be related to Copilot Studio or a Copilot feature of Power Apps, Power Automate, or Power Pages, and must demonstrate or solve a complete unique and useful business or technical problem. Power Automate and Power Pagers posts should be added to the Power Apps Cookbook. Final determination of qualifying entries is at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Weekly updates and the Final random winners will be posted in the News & Announcements section in the communities on July 29th, 2024. Did you submit entries early?  Early Bird Entries March 1 - June 2:  If you posted something in the "early bird" time frame complete this form: if you would like to be entered in the 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. Copilot Cookbook Gallery:Power Apps Cookbook Gallery:1.  @Mathieu_Paris 1.   @SpongYe 2.  @Dhanush 2.   @Deenuji 3.  n/a3.   @Nived_Nambiar  4.  n/a4.   @ManishSolanki 5.  n/a5.    n/a

Your Moment to Shine: 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Awards Show

For the third year, we invite you, our talented community members, to participate in the grand 2024 Power Platform Community Conference's Got Power Awards. This event is your opportunity to showcase solutions that make a significant business impact, highlight extensive use of Power Platform products, demonstrate good governance, or tell an inspirational story. Share your success stories, inspire your peers, and show off some hidden talents.  This is your time to shine and bring your creations into the spotlight!  Make your mark, inspire others and leave a lasting impression. Sign up today for a chance to showcase your solution and win the coveted 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Award. This year we have three categories for you to participate in: Technical Solution Demo, Storytelling, and Hidden Talent.      The Technical solution demo category showcases your applications, automated workflows, copilot agentic experiences, web pages, AI capabilities, dashboards, and/or more. We want to see your most impactful Power Platform solutions!  The Storytelling category is where you can share your inspiring story, and the Hidden Talent category is where your talents (such as singing, dancing, jump roping, etc.) can shine! Submission Details:  Fill out the submission form by July 12th with details and a 2–5-minute video showcasing your Solution impact. (Please let us know you're coming to PPCC, too!)After review by a panel of Microsoft judges, the top storytellers will be invited to present a virtual demo presentation to the judges during early August. You’ll be notified soon after if you have been selected as a finalist to share your story live at PPCC’s Got Power!  The live show will feature the solution demos and storytelling talents of the top contestants, winner announcements, and the opportunity to network with your community.  It's not just a showcase for technical talent and storytelling showmanship, show it's a golden opportunity to make connections and celebrate our Community together! Let's make this a memorable event! See you there!   Mark your calendars! Date and Time: Thursday, Sept 19th Location: PPCC24 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV 

Tuesday Tip | Accepting Solutions

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   To enhance our collaborative environment, it's important to acknowledge when your question has been answered satisfactorily. Here's a quick guide on how to accept a solution to your questions: Find the Helpful Reply: Navigate to the reply that has effectively answered your question.Accept as Solution: Look for the "Accept as Solution" button or link, usually located at the bottom of the reply.Confirm Your Selection: Clicking this button may prompt you for confirmation. Go ahead and confirm that this is indeed the solution.Acknowledgment: Once accepted, the reply will be highlighted, and the original post will be marked as "Solved". This helps other community members find the same solution quickly. By marking a reply as an accepted solution, you not only thank the person who helped you but also make it easier for others with similar questions to find answers. Let's continue to support each other by recognizing helpful contributions. 

Reminder: To register for the Community Ambassador Call on June 13th

Calling all Super Users & User Group Leaders     Reminder: To register for the Community Ambassador Call on June 13th—for an exclusive event for User Group Leaders and Super Users! This month is packed with exciting updates and activities within our community.   What's Happening: Community Updates: We'll share the latest developments and what's new in our vibrant community.Special Guest Speaker: Get ready for an insightful talk and live demo of Microsoft Copilot Studio templates by our special guest.Regular Updates: Stay informed with our routine updates for User Groups and Super Users.Community Insights: We'll provide general information about ongoing and upcoming community initiatives. Don't Miss Out: Register Now: Choose the session that fits your schedule best.Check your private messages or Super User Forum for registration links. We're excited to connect with you and continue building a stronger community together.   See you at the call!  

Tuesday Tip | How to Provide Feedback

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   We are always looking to improve your experience on our community platform, and your feedback is invaluable to us. Whether it's a suggestion for a new feature, an idea to enhance the platform, or a concern you'd like to address, we want to hear from you!   How to Share Your Feedback: Each of our communities has its own Feedback forum where the Community Managers can assist you directly in.  ●  Power Apps  ● Power Automate   ● Power Pages   ● Copilot Studio   We also have many articles on community account FAQs, or how to navigate the community, which can be found below.   Community Accounts & Registration:   Using the Community:   Our Commitment to You: We are committed to creating a collaborative and supportive environment. All feedback is reviewed by our community managers, and we strive to implement changes that will benefit all members.   Thank you for being a part of our community. Your contributions help us grow and improve together!

May 2024 Community Newsletter

It's time for the May Community Newsletter, where we highlight the latest news, product releases, upcoming events, and the amazing work of our outstanding Community members.   If you're new to the Community, please make sure to follow the latest News & Announcements and check out the Community on LinkedIn as well! It's the best way to stay up-to-date with all the news from across Microsoft Power Platform and beyond.        COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS Check out the most active community members of the last month! These hardworking members are posting regularly, answering questions, kudos, and providing top solutions in their communities. We are so thankful for each of you--keep up the great work! If you hope to see your name here next month, follow these awesome community members to see what they do!   Power AppsPower AutomateCopilot StudioPower PagesWarrenBelzcreativeopinionExpiscornovusFubarAmikNived_NambiarPstork1OliverRodriguesmmbr1606ManishSolankiMattJimisonragavanrajantimlSudeepGhatakNZrenatoromaoLucas001iAm_ManCatAlexEncodianfernandosilvaOOlashynJmanriqueriosChriddle  BCBuizerExpiscornovus  a33ikBCBuizer  SebSDavid_MA  dpoggermannPstork1     LATEST NEWS   We saw a whole host of amazing announcements at this year's #MSBuild, so we thought we'd share with you a bite sized breakdown of the big news via blogs from Charles Lamanna, Sangya Singh, Ryan Cunningham, Kim Manis, Nirav Shah, Omar Aftab, and ✊🏾Justin Graham :   New ways of development with copilots and Microsoft Power PlatformRevolutionize the way you work with Automation and AIPower Apps is making it easier for developers to build with Microsoft Copilot and each otherCopilot in Microsoft Fabric is now generally available in Power BIUnlock new levels of productivity with Microsoft Dataverse and Microsoft Copilot StudioMicrosoft Copilot Studio: Building copilots with agent capabilitiesMicrosoft Power Pages is bringing the new standard in secure, AI-powered capabilities   If you'd like to relive some of the highlights from Microsoft Build 2024, click the image below to watch a great selection of on-demand Keynotes and sessions!         WorkLab Podcast with Charles Lamanna   Check out the latest episode of the WorkLab podcast with CVP of Business Apps and Platforms at Microsoft, Charles Lamanna, as he explains the ever-expanding evolution of Copilot, and how AI is offering new opportunities for business leaders. Grab yourself a coffee and click the image below to take a listen.       Event Recap: European Collaboration and Cloud Summits 2024   Click the image below to read a great recap by Mark Kashman about the recent European Collaboration Summit and European Cloud Summit held in Germany during May 2024. Great work everybody!       UPCOMING EVENTS European Power Platform Conference - SOLD OUT! Congrats to everyone who managed to grab a ticket for the now SOLD OUT European Power Platform Conference, which takes place in beautiful Brussels, Belgium, on 11-13th June. With a great keynote planned from Ryan Cunningham and Sangya Singh, plus expert sessions from the likes of Aaron Rendell, Amira Beldjilali, Andrew Bibby, Angeliki Patsiavou, Ben den Blanken, Cathrine Bruvold, Charles Sexton, Chloé Moreau, Chris Huntingford, Claire Edgson, Damien Bird, Emma-Claire Shaw, Gilles Pommier, Guro Faller, Henry Jammes, Hugo Bernier, Ilya Fainberg, Karen Maes, Lindsay Shelton, Mats Necker, Negar Shahbaz, Nick Doelman, Paulien Buskens, Sara Lagerquist, Tricia Sinclair, Ulrikke Akerbæk, and many more, it looks like the E in #EPPC24 stands for Epic!   Click the image below for a full run down of the exciting sessions planned, and remember, you'll need to move quickly for tickets to next year's event!       AI Community Conference - New York - Friday 21st June Check out the AI Community Conference, which takes place at the Microsoft Corporate building on Friday 21st June at 11 Times Square in New York City. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the latest trends and breakthroughs in AI technology alongside fellow enthusiasts and experts, with speakers on the day including Arik Kalininsky, Sherry Xu, Xinran Ma, Jared Matfess, Mihail Mateev, Andrei Khaidarov, Ruven Gotz, Nick Brattoli, Amit Vasu, and more. So, whether you're a seasoned professional or just beginning your journey into AI, click the image below to find out more about this exciting NYC event.       TechCon365 & Power Platform Conference - D.C. - August 12-16th ** EARLY BIRD TICKETS END MAY 31ST! ** Today's the perfect time to grab those early bird tickets for the D.C. TechCon365 & PWRCON Conference at the Walter E Washington Center on August 12-16th! Featuring the likes of Tamara Bredemus, Sunny Eltepu, Lindsay Shelton, Brian Alderman, Daniel Glenn, Julie Turner, Jim Novak, Laura Rogers, Microsoft MVP, John White, Jason Himmelstein, Luc Labelle, Emily Mancini, MVP, UXMC, Fabian Williams, Emma Wiehe, Amarender Peddamalku, and many more, this is the perfect event for those that want to gain invaluable insights from industry experts. Click the image below to grab your tickets today!         Power Platform Community Conference - Sept. 18-20th 2024 Check out some of the sessions already planned for the Power Platform Community Conference in Las Vegas this September. Holding all the aces we have Kristine Kolodziejski, Lisa Crosbie, Daniel Christian, Dian Taylor, Scott Durow🌈, David Yack, Michael O. and Aiden Kaskela, who will be joining the #MicrosoftCommunity for a series of high-stakes sessions! Click the image below to find out more as we go ALL-IN at #PPCC24!       For more events, click the image below to visit the Community Days website.                                            

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