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March 2024 Newsletter

TT PUP.jpgWelcome to our March 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 subscribe to News & Announcements in your community 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!

 

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LaurensM fernandosilva fernandosilva Lucas001
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timl Nived_Nambiar capuanodanilo MariamPaulachan
Jmanriquerios UshaJyothi20 inzil2k vip01
Pstork VictorIvanidze jsrandhawa renatoromao
dpoggemann michael0808 deeksha15795 prufach
EddieE grantjenkins Expiscornovus deeksha15795
SpongYe Rhiassuring deeksha15795 apangeles
M_Ali_SZ365 ManishSolanki Sanju1 jamesmuller

 


LATEST NEWS

Business Applications Launch Event - Virtual - 10th April 2024

Registration is still 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 Dynamics 365, featuring the likes of Charles LamannaSangya SinghJulie StraussDonald KossmannLori LamkinGeorg GlantschnigMala AnandJeff Comstock, and Mike Morton.

 

If you'd like to learn about 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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Power Apps LIVE Copilot Coffee Chat - 9.30am 3rd April 2024

Be sure to check out our exclusive LIVE community event, "Power Apps Copilot Coffee Chat with Copilot Studio Product Team", which kicks off next week.

 

This is a unique opportunity to connect and converse with members of the Copilot Studio product team to learn more about their plans and insights into upcoming features. Click the image below to learn how to gain access!

 

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Get Started with AI Prompts - Friday 29th March 2024

Join April DunnamGomolemo Mohapi, and the team as they launch a new multi-week video series on our YouTube channelto show how you can power up your AI experience with Power Automate.

 

Here you'll discover how to create custom AI Prompts to use in your Power Platform solutions, with the premier available to view at 9am on Friday 29th March 2024. Click the image below to get notified when the video goes live!

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

North American Collab Summit - Texas - 9-11th April 2024

It's not long now until the #NACollabSummit, which takes place at the Irving Convention Center in Texas on April 11-13th 2024.

This amazing event will see business leaders, IT pros, developers, and end users, come together to learn how the latest Microsoft technologies can power teamwork, engagement, communication, and organizational effectiveness.

 

This is a great opportunity to learn from some amazing speakers and shining lights across #WomenInTech, with guests including the likes of Liz SundetCathy DewRebecka IsakssonIsabelle Van CampenhoudtTheresa LubelskiShari L. Oswald, Emily Mancini,Katerina ChernevskayaSharon WeaverSandy UssiaGeetha Sivasailam, and many more.

 

Click the image below to find out more about this great event!

 

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Dynamic Minds Conference - Slovenia - 27-29th May 2024

The DynamicsMinds Conference is almost upon us, taking place on 27-29th May at the Grand Hotel Bernardin in Slovenia.

With over 150 sessions and 170 speakers, there's sure to be something for everyone across this awesome three-day event. There's an amazing array of speakers, including Dona SarkarGeorg GlantschnigElena BaevaChris HuntingfordLisa CrosbieIlya FainbergKeith WhatlingMalin MartnesMark SmithRachel ProfittRenato FajdigaShannon MullinsSteve MordueTricia SinclairTommy SkaueVictor DantasSara Lagerquist, and many more.

 

Click the image below to meet more of the #MicrosoftCommunity in Slovenia to learn, mingle, and share your amazing ideas!

 

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European Power Platform Conference - Belgium - 11-13th June

It's time to make a note in your diary for the third European Power Platform Conference, which takes place at the SQUARE-BRUSSELS CONVENTION CENTRE on 11-13th June in Belgium.

 

This event brings together the Microsoft Community from across the world for three invaluable days of in-person learning, connection, and inspiration. There's a wide array of expert speakers across #MPPC24, including the likes of Aaron RendellAmira BeldjilaliAndrew BibbyAngeliki PatsiavouBen den BlankenCathrine BruvoldCharles SextonChloé MoreauChris HuntingfordClaire EdgsonDamien BirdEmma-Claire ShawGilles PommierGuro FallerHenry JammesHugo BernierIlya FainbergKaren MaesLaura Graham-BrownLilian Stenholt ThomsenLindsay SheltonLisa CrosbieMats NeckerNegar ShahbazNick DoelmanPaulien BuskensSara LagerquistTricia SinclairUlrikke Akerbæk, and many more.

 

Click the image below to find out more and register for what is sure to be a jam-packed event in beautiful Brussels!

 

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For more events, click the image below to visit the Community Days website.

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Update! June 13th, Community Ambassador Call for User Group Leaders and Super Users

Calling all Super Users & User Group Leaders   UPDATE:  We just wrapped up June's Community Ambassador monthly calls for Super Users and User Group Leaders. We had a fantastic call with lots of engagement. We are excited to share some highlights with you!    Big THANK YOU to our special guest Thomas Verhasselt, from the Copilot Studio Product Team for sharing how to use Power Platform Templates to achieve next generation growth.     A few key takeaways: Copilot Studio Cookbook Challenge:  Week 1 results are posted, Keep up the great work!Summer of Solutions:  Starting on Monday, June 17th. Just by providing solutions in the community, you can be entered to win tickets to Power Platform Community Conference.Super User Season 2: Coming SoonAll communities moving to the new platform end of July We also honored two different community members during the call, Mohamed Amine Mahmoudi and Markus Franz! We are thankful for both leaders' contributions and engagement with their respective communities. 🎉   Be sure to mark your calendars and register for the meeting on July 11th and stay up to date on all of the changes that are coming. Check out the Super User Forum boards for details.   We're excited to connect with you and continue building a stronger community together.   See you at the call!

Copilot Cookbook Challenge | Week 2 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:  https://aka.ms/CS_Copilot_Cookbook_Challenge 2. Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery: https://aka.ms/PA_Copilot_Cookbook_Challenge   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: https://aka.ms/Copilot_Challenge_EarlyBirds 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     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. Copilot Cookbook Gallery:Power Apps Cookbook Gallery:1. Kasun_Pathirana1. ManishSolanki2. cloudatica2. madlad3. n/a3. SpongYe4. n/a4. n/a5. n/a5. n/a

Win free tickets to the Power Platform Conference | Summer of Solutions

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**

Celebrating the June Super User of the Month: Markus Franz

Markus Franz is a phenomenal contributor to the Power Apps Community. Super Users like Markus inspire others through their example, encouragement, and active participation.    The Why: "I do this to help others achieve what they are trying to do. As a total beginner back then without IT background I know how overwhelming things can be, so I decided to jump in and help others. I also do this to keep progressing and learning myself." Thank you, Markus Franz, for your outstanding work! Keep inspiring others and making a difference in the community! 🎉  Keep up the fantastic work! 👏👏 Markus Franz | LinkedIn  Power Apps: mmbr1606  

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 https://aka.ms/PPCCGotPowerSignup 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. 

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