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March & April 2021 | Combined Community Highlights

Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate & Power Virtual Agents communities are rocking in content!  There are amazing posts from our users and many great community blogs that are authored by our community members daily.

To make sure you're always up to date with the latest community happenings, be sure to subscribe to the Community News & Announcements boardPower BI, Power Apps, Power Automate & Power Virtual Agents.

For more information about subscribing to community content, see our support article, Subscriptions & Notifications in Using the Community! Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate & Power Virtual Agents.

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 and into the summer. 
Dynamics 365 

Power Platform User Groups

Power BI User Groups

Power Apps User Groups

Power Automate User Groups

Power Virtual Agents User Groups

To find user groups in your community go to the top of the community home page and select community and then in the drop-down menu select User Groups.

 

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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.

Helpful links:  

Power BI Community User Group Experience

Power Apps Community User Group Experience

Power Automate User User Group Experience

Power Virtual Agents User Group Experience

 

Congratulations to our Top Super Users & Top Users! 

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Community Blogs

Have you checked out the Power Platform Community Blogs?  Community blog articles are written by community and product team members.

Power BI Community Blog

Power Apps Community Blog

Power Automate Community Blog

Power Virtual Agents Community Blog

Interested in blogging in your Community?

Reach out to us by clicking on the "Message Admin" button on the right side of the Community Blog page. 

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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

 

 

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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**

Update: Copilot Studio Community | Forums & Blogs have MOVED

We’re thrilled to announce significant enhancements to our Community Blogs and Forums, designed to foster collaboration, creativity, and connection in the Community. 🚀💡   Please access the Copilot Community Blogs & Copilot Community Forum  Boards and save the new deep links.       Note: As we continue our journey towards a fully updated platform, we want to keep you informed of the current known issues you may encounter on the Community site: Deep Link Discrepancies:​​​​​​​ You may find that previously saved deep links are not functioning as expected. They are currently redirecting to the "Read Only" Forums & Blog boards.  We understand the inconvenience this may cause and we are working to resolve the issue.  In the meantime, you can access the updated: Copilot Community Blogs & Copilot Community Forum Boards and save the new deep links. ​​​​​​​Profile and Contribution visibility: Your profile, contributions, badges and other related elements may appear incomplete or not fully updated.  Rest assured; this is a temporary state due to the ongoing transition.  We are making every effort to ensure a complete and accurate migration of all of your valuable contributions.     What’s New? 🌟 Revamped Community Blogs: Dive into a more intuitive and enriched blogging experience, where sharing knowledge and insights is easier and more enjoyable than ever. Enhanced Forums: Engage in discussions, ask questions, and connect with peers through our improved forums, now with better navigation and user-friendly features.  Why Check It Out? ✔ Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest trends, tips, and tricks from Copilot experts and fellow community members.Expand Your Network: Connect with like-minded professionals and build lasting relationships within the community.Share Your Voice: Contribute your own stories, solutions, and successes to inspire and educate others.   Stay tuned for more details as we approach the launch date. We can’t wait for you to join us in this new chapter of the Copilot Studio Community. Together, let’s make it a hub of innovation and inspiration!   

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

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: 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

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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