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February 2024 Community Newsletter

1706637998902.jpgWelcome to our February 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 in 2024 with all the news from across Microsoft Power Platform and beyond. Are you ready to "Leap" in to all we've got to share today?

 


COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Check out the most active community members of the last month! These hardworking members post regularly, answer questions, kudos, and provide top solutions in their communities. We are so thankful for all your great work in January, and we can't wait to see who will be our most active members next month!

 

Power Apps Power Automate Copilot Studio Power Pages
WarrenBelz WarrenBelz Pstork1 saudali_25
LaurensM Pstork1 stephenrobert Lucas001
AARON_C lbendin cpayton Surendran_R
ANB Nived_Nambiar MariamPaulachan Nikhil2
Jmanriquerios ANB Jupyter123 rodger-st
mmbr1606 Agnius stevesmith27 mandela
Phineas trice602 AnnaMoyalan OOlashyn
BCLS776 grantjenkins Expiscornovus Jcook
SpongYe AARON_C ManishSolanki apangeles
Pstork1 ManishSolanki Sanju1 Fubar

 


There was a lot of activity in the Community in February! Did you miss anything? Here are just a few of the announcements and updates we shared:

  • Super User Season 1 is Here
  • February 2024 User Group Update: Welcoming New Groups
  • Celebrating a New Season of Super Users
  • Check out the February 2024 Dynamics Newsletter
  • Announcing Copilot Cookbook Gallery
  • Super User of the Month D. Poggemann
  • Tuesday Tips: Getting Started in the Community

The best way to not miss them is to make sure you're subscribed to your community's News & Announcements. Subscribe today and don't miss anything next month! Power Apps News, Power Automate News, Copilot Studio News, Power Pages News


Copilot Cookbook for Power Apps

The all-new Copilot Cookbook is now available in the #PowerApps Community - offering a wide array of best practices on how to use Microsoft Copilot to develop and create in Power Apps.

 

The #CopilotCookbook is your new go-to resource when you need inspiration (or when you're stuck!) and aren't sure how to best partner with Copilot. So, whether you're looking for the best prompts or just want to know about responsible AI use, you can visit the Copilot Cookbook for regular, high-quality content that you can rely on. Our team will be reviewing posts using the new "Copilot " label to ensure we highlight and amplify the most relevant and recent content, so you're assured of high-quality content every time you visit. If you share a post that gets featured in the curated gallery, you'll get a PM in the Community to let you know!

 

The curated gallery is now ready for you to experience, so click the image below and check out the all-new Copilot Cookbook for Power Apps today. We can't wait to see what you "cook" up! 👨🍳

 

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Power Platform Dev Weekly Celebrate 200th Episode

Congratulations to Danish Naglekar, Anwesha Sharma, Matt Beard, Mark Carrington Carl Cookson and the team, as they celebrated the 200th episode of Power Platform Dev Weekly in February!

 

Click the image below to check out this landmark episode, featuring content from the likes of Nati Turtledove, Matthew Devaney, Inogic, Mohamed Ashiq Faleel, Mike Hartley, Nishant Rana, James Yumnam, Carl Cookson, Yannick Reekmans, Deepesh Somani, and many more.

 

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"Get Started With" Power Platform Shorts Series

This month we launched our new 'Get Started With' series on YouTube - a selection of sweet snapshots to keep you in the loop with all the latest Copilot trends that you can try out through advice at Microsoft Learn. Click the image below to check out the entire playlist so far, and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest updates.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Canadian Power Platform Summit - Vancouver - 16th March 2024

Check out the first ever Canadian Power Platform Summit, which takes place at Microsoft Vancouver office on Saturday 16th March 2024! Get ready to immerse yourself in the ultimate Power Platform experience at the #CPPS24. This event is tailored for makers, developers, students and tech enthusiasts eager to explore the depths of Power Platform technologies. With sessions ranging from beginner-friendly to advanced-intermediate, this event offers a diverse range of insights for attendees of all levels.

 

There's a great range of speakers, including the likes of Lisa Crosbie, Matthew Devaney, Ulrikke Akerbæk, Oleksandr Olashyn, Mark Smith, Jake Harvey, Manju Gurjar, Adam Tobias, Mats Necker, Natasza Kosakowska, Linn Zaw Win, Salim Adamon, Tomas Prokop, Maxim Nikonov, and many more.

 

Great work by Chris Piasecki, Éric Sauvé, Nick Doelman, Scott Durow, Victor Dantas and the team for putting this amazing event together. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or a rising star, click the image below to join the Microsoft Community in Canada to gain practical insights, discover real-world examples, and take away actionable skills to boost your expertise.

 

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Business Applications Launch Event - Virtual - 10th April 2024

Registration is now open for the Microsoft Business Applications Launch event which kicks off at 9am PST on Wednesday 10th April 2024. Join Microsoft product leaders and engineers for an in-depth look at the latest news and AI capabilities in Power Platform and #Dynamics365, featuring the likes of Charles Lamanna, Sangya Singh, Julie Strauss, Donald Kossmann, Lori Lamkin, Georg Glantschnig, Mala Anand, Jeff Comstock, and Mike Morton.

 

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Microsoft Fabric - Las Vegas - 26-28th March 2024

Exciting times ahead for the inaugural #MicrosoftFabric Community Conference on March 26-28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas!

The conference will cover all the latest in analytics, AI, databases, and governance across 150+ sessions, with guest speakers including Arun Ulag, Amir Netz, Jessica Hawk, Eric Boyd, Kim Manis, Adam Saxton, Patrick LeBlanc, Bob Ward, Wangui McKelvey, Wee Hyong T., Justyna Lucznik, Priya Sathy, Mehrnoosh Sameki, Rachel Shepard, Karthik Ravindran, Jason Himmelstein, and many more.

 

On-site there will be a special Community Lounge, interactive learning labs, plus you'll be able to 'Ask the Experts' all your questions to get help from data, analytics, and AI specialists, including community members and the Fabric Customer Advisory Team. Click the image below to find out more about the ultimate learning event for Microsoft Fabric!

 

If you'd like to learn how the latest advances in AI and how #MicrosoftCopilot can help you streamline your processes, click the image below to register today!

 

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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 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.   Week 1: Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsCopilot StudioDuncanWebb1pstork12oyvind1               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.     Week 2: Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsCopilot StudioSharon1  dopitz1  Zilver1  C. Johnson1           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 UsersSolutionsCopilot StudioJahawni Y. Khandelwal   Expiscornovus   C. Johnson   SpongeYe   Xiguadefeixang    Week 4 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 4:Community MembersSolutionsSuper UsersSolutionsCopilot StudioS. Ghorai1  K. Lam1  M Chintha1          

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 https://aka.ms/PPCommSupport.   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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