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Power Platform Weekly - Issue #141
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Last week the General Availability of open-source Power Fx 1.0 was announced. Congratulations Power Fx 1.0! The Power Apps August 2023 Feature Update was presented. August updates for modernization and theming in Power Apps were highlighted.
The Power Platform Global AI Hack is starting on Thursday! You can register here.
Have a great week and thanks for reading!
🦸🏻♀️ One thing Amey Holden always struggled with was moving flows between environments that use customer voice actions ‘Create an invitation’ or ‘Send a survey’ because the action is tied to specific Project and Survey. She worked out a lovely little method to do this without having to use environment variables or post deployment changes.
👩💻 Mark Carrington is treating us with lots of updates with subqueries, getting server information and more in this latest update. Check out the new features like support for the new SQL filter predicate IS DISTINCT FROM.
🦸🏻♀️ Power Automate - Keep It Simple, Stupid by David Wyatt
🦸🏻♀️ Use Sales Copilot to compose email messages (preview)– Dynamics 365 by Nishant Rana
🦸🏻♀️ How to use the dateDifference() function in Power Automate by Inogic
👩💻 Andrew Welch is the Chief Technology Officer at HSO. Andrew is an expert in IT strategy and has a wealth of experience advising customers on their big strategic technology decisions. He is also an author, Microsoft MVP, and a regular presenter at conferences. Joining us today, Andrew shares valuable insights on the importance of IT leadership, cloud ecosystems, data platforms, artificial intelligence, and the future of innovation in technology.
🤵🏻 In this episode, we're going to bust some myths about low code development and show you how you can use Power Platform to build amazing solutions with minimal coding.
🧭 Copilot is a game-changer for marketers who want to save time, boost creativity, and deliver personalized customer experiences. Copilot works with Dynamics 365 Marketing and Customer Insights, allowing you to interact with your customer data using natural language, generate targeted customer segments, and write engaging email content with just a few clicks. This week's guest, Chandra Stevens, Principal Program Manager for Customer Experience at Microsoft, highlights how Copilot can take your marketing to the next level.
📅 Events & Webinars
(📅 September 14-28)
The goal of Hack Together is to build solutions in Power Platform that leverage 1 or more Copilot and AI features. You can use any of the AI features available in Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, Power Pages and AI Builder.
It’s open to anyone who wants to explore the possibilities of using AI in the Power Platform, whether you are a beginner, advanced maker, admin or a professional developer – all are welcome! You can join solo or hack together as a team of up to 3 people.
(📅 September 23)
Nordic Summit will be taking place as an in-person event on the 23rd of September 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
(📅 September 27)
CollabDays is a community organised learning day offering you the chance to learn from some of the best Microsoft 365 speakers in the industry. We offer learning tracks covering SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Power Platform, and more. Each track is made up of one-hour sessions where you will have the chance to learn and ask questions that will directly benefit you and your organisation.
CollabDays events happen throughout the world, but this specific CollabDays event is held at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park!
(📅 October 3-5)
Get inspired by Microsoft’s senior thought leaders, software engineers, and community experts who are focused on uniting humanity and technology. You’ll also have the chance to hear from users that solve real business problems daily. Fantastic speakers are ready to share their insights on how to accelerate and transform your business with Power Platform.
(📅 October 13-14)
South Coast Summit focuses on all key pillars of the Microsoft ecosystem: Business Applications, Modern Work, Security & Compliance, through to Microsoft Azure.
(📅 October 15-20)
A months' worth of Microsoft business applications training and education delivered in 5-days by Expert Users, Microsoft Leaders, MVPs and Partners!
(📅 October 21)
Join us for a day of learning, networking and fun at this free community-driven event. Our focus is Microsoft 365 with some Power Platform and Azure sprinkled on top. Check our sessions and speakers and register your ticket now!
(📅 October 21)
CollabDays New England is the new and improved incarnation of SharePoint Saturday New England. We are very excited to be part of this community and to watch it grow beyond SharePoint and really focus on collaboration.
(📅 October 28)
The event formerly known as SharePoint Saturday Barcelona. SharePoint, O365 and Azure administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Technologies will meet for the eight event, fourth CollabDays Barcelona on October 28th, 2023.
It is a free, community-focused Microsoft related event dedicated to educating and engaging members of the community across all roles and all levels of Microsoft 365, Power Platform, Azure, and Artificial Intelligence.
(📅 November 14-17)
Join the next Microsoft Ignite event November 15–16, 2023, to catch up on the latest industry innovations. Sign up to be one of the first to know when registration launches.
(📅 November 25)
Collabdays Lisbon is a one-day, non-profit event built on top of seven previously successful community-driven events. A Microsoft Cloud-focused event including topics like Microsoft 365, Power Platform, and Microsoft Azure with inclusion by design.
(📅 November 27-30)
ESPC helps IT Pros, Developers, Makers & Business Decision Makers achieve project and career success with leading Microsoft technologies.
(📅 February 1-2, 2024)
CTTT is a Microsoft Cloud Community event with the purpose of bringing technology and community leaders to Tallinn to share their learning with the local community
(📅 February 2, 2024)
Get ready to be inspired and learn at the Microsoft 365 Community Day Miami! This event is all about unlocking the full potential of Microsoft 365, the Power Platform, and Artificial Intelligence. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, a business owner, or just curious about the latest advancements in technology, this event is for you.
💙 Out of the Blue
🤵🏻🦸🏻♀️🧭👩💻🚀 Another wrap-up of all the Power Apps news from August 2023 is now available. Read this if you want to make sure you’re not missing anything!
🤵🏻🦸🏻♀️🧭👩💻🚀 Power Fx 1.0 is now General Available. This means that the language definition is now stable and breaking changes will be managed and communicated. In Power Apps, there will be a switch soon (default off) that enables the experimental Power Fx 1.0 compatibility.
🚀 The Power BI report integrations with OneDrive and SharePoint have been around for a while now. In October, the default will change from opt-in to opt-out. Make sure to act before September 29th if you don’t want this change to happen.
🦸🏻♀️👩💻🚀 We are excited to share that Direct Lake datasets now support calculation groups. Direct Lake datasets can directly access Lakehouse tables in Microsoft Fabric giving you amazing report performance without having to schedule a refresh or move data.
🦸🏻♀️👩💻🚀 The dataset refresh history page is improved to make it easier for you to see what went wrong with a dataset refresh and you can more easily spot all the refresh attempts.
🦸🏻♀️👩💻🚀 Another modernization and theming update for Power Apps. A new table control has been released and updates have been added for the text and date picker control.
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