Microsoft announces the general availability of PowerApps and Flow

Microsoft announced today that PowerApps and Flow will be generally available beginning tomorrow. The services will be available in 42 languages worldwide as part of Dynamics 365, as well as "Office 365 Enterprise and Business Premium and Essentials" subscriptions.

Combined with Power BI, the company is calling the three services the "power trio", as they allow non-developers to do things that previously required programming skills. Each app plays a specific role in this strategy:

  • Microsoft PowerApps – rapidly build web and mobile business applications without coding

  • Microsoft Flow – automate business processes through simple configuration

  • Microsoft Power BI – analyze and visualize the data that drives your business

PowerApps was first announced 11 months ago along with a private preview. Flow, on the other hand, wasn't announced until April, when it came alongside a public preview of PowerApps. In that time, Microsoft says that over 160,000 creators and partners have "helped steer our development efforts".

The company says that the power trio follows its strategy of "five seconds to sign up, five minutes to wow!" This means that it should be easy to get started and then users should be able to quickly understand the service. Despite being easy to use though, Microsoft says that these are very powerful tools.

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