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Offline mode

Provide some sort of cache to allow offline input and let it sync afterwards

 

Kris Buntinx shared this idea  ·                      

 

Status: Planned

First off let us acknowledge how important this feature is to mobile scenarios.  "Always connected" is simply not a workable assumption for mobile scenarios which range from field workers in remote locations to sales agents in spotty wifi places in a city or building.  And while we did release, in 2016, a set of features that allow PowerApps customers to fashion an "offline" story programmatically, it was not the "off the shelf", no code, low code kind of experience you should expect in PowerApps.  In order to build this we need good support and interaction from a back-end.  We have, currently in progress, foundational work in CDS to enable this feature.  Once that capability is enabled, we will enable features in PowerApps to take advantage of it.  While there is work in progress on CDS, I do not want to mark this as "Started" until we have started the work on the PowerApps side and we can talk more concretely about a timeline.  So, for now it will be marked as "Planned".  But do understand that we plan to enable this and that we're taking the foundational steps to make it great. 

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There are mobile apps such as Formotus (via InfoPath) and Nintex Mobile that have offline capabilities and post to SharePoint lists as well as uploading images to SharePoint so other apps are able to provide this functionality.

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Health: read previous health facility reports offline at remote health facility. input data and sync when cell tower signal is available or stronger. This allows sharing of 'real time' data with managers in the field and country offices.

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any news on when this will be rolled-out? Have a customer that requires this functionallity.

Power Apps Staff
Status changed to: Planned

We hear you loud and clear. As phase 1, we are planning to enable allowing you launch apps and access cached data in offline mode. Ability to write back while in offline mode will come later.

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And when will this be rolled out? - With both phase 1, and later also with write back?

 

Like what is the roadmap on this?

 

It's like a deal-breaker for my customer.

Power Apps Staff

@shareptkarm, we're currently planning phase 1 for the next quarter (i.e. sometime in Apr - Jun 2017). We dont have an estimated timeline for phase 2 yet. Please note that plans and timelines are always subject to change due to multiple factors.

Power Apps Staff
Status changed to: Planned

We hear you loud and clear. As phase 1, we are planning to enable allowing you launch apps and read cached data in offline mode. Ability to write back while in offline mode (and sync) will come later.

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Darshan, any possiblity to be part of some early testing on this? Because really need to have something ready before June.

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because we also really need the writeback, and sync.

 

what we should do is register if students attended classes, in humanitarien areas for instance. So this would be a great showcase also for PowerApps and what is the capabilites.

 

But we need then to be able to register content in offline mode, and when the device again has connectivity to save the changes back to for instance SharePoint Online.

 

 

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Really appreciate you adding this into the roadmap.  It is essential for us to provide a low cost option for our smaller markets!  Is there anyway to get in on a BETA so we can test it, provide feedback.