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Status: Completed

The ability to share canvas apps with external users is now availabile in public preview! The documentation can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/share-app#share-with-guests

 

The blog announcement is here: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/share-canvas-apps-with-guests-in-your-organization/

Status: Planned

Thank you for your feedback. This is a great suggestion! We are considering this for our future release.

 

Sincerely,

Srikumar Nair

PM, Microsoft

Status: Completed

Thank you for your feedback. This is a great suggestion! We will consider this in our roadmap.

 

Sincerely,

Neeraj Nandwana

PM, Microsoft 

Status: Started

An update on progress here:

First of all, a sincere thank you to all the folks who filled out the survey. (https://aka.ms/pa-printing ) We, the product team, have leveraged a lot of this information in our work on these features. We are still accepting responses for those who have not had the opportunity to fill it out.

We realize this Idea has been open for a long time as we’ve prioritized other items, but this is very top of mind for us. Reflected in this printing Idea, there are several different asks here for different types of “printing”. I want to be entirely transparent and break these different requests out to give those a feel for the direction of the platform for each of these needs.

  1. Report generation capabilities – This request is document-style reports with visualizations that provide additional control, like which tables expand horizontally and vertically to display all their data and continue from page to page as needed.  Think of this as generating fixed-layout documents optimized for printing and archiving, such as PDF and Word files. Currently there are existing methods of doing this today on the platform. People creating canvas apps with SQL leverage SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).  People using CDS are leveraging the CDS reporting capabilities available to them (backed by SSRS). PowerBI Paginated Reports are now generally available for use as well. Long term, the strategy here for PowerApps is to become more integrated with PowerBI to allow a common report generation story for the platform. At the PowerApps Vision and Roadmap session at the Microsoft Business Application Summit when this question was asked, the answer is that we want to avoid having both PowerBI Reporting Services AND a hypothetical “PowerApps Reporting Services”.  We don’t currently have a further timeline to share, but our teams continue to work together on this integration.
  2. Export to PDF from a canvas app – This request comes from a lot of InfoPath, Access, and LotusNotes users, in addition to many many other people who want to print PDFs as part of invoices, summaries, status updates, work orders etc. We hear you that there will always be a need for having a readable output and archiving whether it is all digital or still requiring paper. This request also came from people who were leveraging SharePoint and other data sources without reporting capabilities.  Today, users are leveraging Flow with the Word connector to create word documents to become PDFs, and another strategy is writing HTML to use with Flow to create a document using OneDrive, or other connectors with convert to PDF capabilities. These options are available today but require some knowledge of HTML and some effort to accomplish. The plan is to provide a simple way to export the contents of a printable screen to a PDF from a canvas app, primarily focusing on the export form scenario. This allows users who use all different data sources to create PDFs using skills they know. However, this solution is not intended to be the answer for really long table heavy documents, banded or cross tab reports​, as well as a few other advanced scenarios. These features can be found in the Report generation solutions provided in Number 1. Now, the work on this particular item has already started, and we have been working on the infrastructure to enable this capability. This is a complex problem, with a lot of different requirements and this is expected to be delivered in 2020.
  3. Export to Excel– We don’t currently have any plans to support this as a further capability. PowerBI Paginated Reports have this as a capability. In canvas apps, you can connect and write to excel today through a connector to write to the templates needed. Additionally, most data sources themselves (CDS, SharePoint and others) have the capability to export data to excel.
  4. Generate Barcodes & print bar codes – This ask is covered by number 1.
  5. Printing direct to a printer – This is something that users will still have to configure for themselves utilizing existing device and browser capabilities and defaults. However, the first parts of this ask involving getting a prinatable output should be covered in 1&2.

To sum up: PowerBI Reporting Services and Paginated Reports is to become more integrated with PowerApps. Canvas Apps export to PDF is a separate capability to arrive in 2020.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. This is a top ask in our community and it is being taken seriously.

Status: Completed

 

 Thank you for your feedback. We released this feature in Dynamics 365 (online), version 9.0. Please refer to the following link for more information:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/customer-engagement/developer/create-auto-number-attrib...

 

 Thanks,

Srikumar Nair

PM, Microsoft 

Status: Planned

Thank you for your feedback. This is a great suggestion! We will consider this in our roadmap.

Sincerely,

Neeraj Nandwana

PM, Microsoft

Status: Planned

Thank you for your feedback. This is a great suggestion! We will consider this in our roadmap.

 

Sincerely,

 Srikumar Nair

PM, Microsoft 

Status: Completed

Thank you for your feedback. This is a great suggestion! We will consider this in our roadmap.

Sincerely,
Neeraj Nandwana
PM, Microsoft

Status: Completed

Review details on this feature release in the following blogs and video tutorials:

 

 

 

Thank you,

Audrie

Status: Completed

The ability to share canvas apps with external users is now availabile in public preview! The documentation can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/share-app#share-with-guests

 

The blog announcement is here: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/share-canvas-apps-with-guests-in-your-organization/

Status: Planned

 

Thank you for your feedback. This is a good suggestion! We will consider this in our roadmap.

  

Sincerely,

 

Srikumar Nair

PM, Microsoft

Status: Planned

Thank you for your feedback. We will consider this in our roadmap.

 

Sincerely,

 Srikumar Nair

 PM, Microsoft

 

Status: Started

We have started working on this, but this is complex as by default SPO lists do not have a concept of images stored in them. This is the top item on our SharePoint connector team and we are actively working on it.

 

Sadly, don't have a timeline due to the complexity of the problem.

Status: Completed

 Using SQL Views in PowerApps is now available.  See the blog to find out more: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/using-sql-server-views-in-powerapps/

Status: Under Review
Status: Completed

Review details on this feature release in the following blogs and video tutorials:

 

 

 

Thank you,

Audrie

Status: Started
Status: Started

PowerApps can connect to Document Libraries today. We realize the work needs to be done to improve discovery and usage, and we continuing to work on this.

 

In the meantime these video tutorials may help:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdd01EGv_-U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENe5GIzAPqc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWXSBU8aiGE

 

Thank you,

Audrie

Status: Planned
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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