Top 5 interesting Power Apps updates
of 2023 Wave 1 update

What must you know?

Wave updates are the way of sharing news with community. For Power Platform, Microsoft shares updates of old features, introduces new things and announces what is coming. In this article I will summary top 5 interesting Power Apps updates of 2023 Wave 1 update! I can only say, hold on to your seats!

TOP 1: Coauthor with other makers in the modern app designer

You can now work on the same Model-driven app as a Team! There are no restrictions on how many Makers can work on one Model-driven app. Now, you can work together and make your applications great! It’s an incredible feature; we have been waiting for it for so long.

Let’s see what Microsoft says about it.

Coauthoring in the modern model-driven app designer allows multiple makers—whether pro or citizen developers—to make changes to the app at the same time and see those changes in real time. As a result, teams can innovate together and build stronger connections between professional developers and business domain experts, a critical ingredient to maximizing low-code development.

Here are some links where you can read more about it: Coauthoring in model-driven appsCoauthor with other makers in the modern app designer.

TOP 2: See which colleagues are viewing the same records as you

Like in google docs, now you can see what people are viewing the same record as you in Model-driven apps. This will help to collaborate and is much more clear for Users.

This feature allows users to see which colleagues are viewing the same records as them. This makes it easy to collaborate and work with others to accomplish business goals.

Here are some links where you can read more about it: See which colleagues are viewing the same records as you.

TOP 3: Turn existing artifacts into working apps with Express design in Figma

Do you remember my article on creating an application based on a Figma design? Here is a link to the article: Overview of Creating Power Apps from Figma. This feature is finally out of preview and is live! I am excited to see how it works now and if it has more features.

Express design is a new way to quickly get started with Power Apps by instantly transforming your visual design into an app. With Express design, makers can quickly turn existing design artifacts (including paper forms, whiteboard sketches, and Figma files) directly into a working app. The ability to create apps directly from Figma design files helps bridge the gap between design and development by accelerating the app UI development process. It allows developers and designers to collaborate effectively and efficiently to deliver great user experiences with low cost and effort.

Here are some links where you can read more about it: Turn existing artifacts into working apps with Express design in FigmaExpress design.

TOP 4: Enhance delegation for UpdateIf and RemoveIf

In Power Apps, Delegation is one of the most critical factors regarding efficiency and performance. I was addressing this topic here: Understand Delegation in Power Apps. Many functions are delegable, and Power Apps Makers should follow the best practices when working with Power Fx formulas. In Wave 1, Microsoft introduces new delegable functions: UpdateIf and RemoveIf.

This feature will allow Power Fx to delegate the UpdateIf and RemoveIf functions to be executed on Dataverse. They won't be subject to delegable limits. It will allow the delegation of greater than 2,000 records.

TOP 5: Reuse Power Fx formulas with user defined functions (planned)

I haven’t yet used this feature, but it seems very interesting. We can assign a specific expression to the defined function – not a variable. So, we will get a new feature in Power Apps that will significantly improve efficiency and cooperation while, at the same time, it will decrease the amount of code that is visible on the screen. I am not a big fan of this Power Apps Canvas Apps editor, so having less code is always a good thing.

Power Fx now supports user defined functions. Large formulas can be split into smaller parts, which is easier to understand, test, and reuse across an app. Functions can be recursive and can be imperative with side effects.

Here are some links where you can read more about it: Reuse Power Fx formulas with user defined functions.

Summary

Another Wave, another update, and we must also update our approach. We must develop our skills. Many exciting changes are coming, and I am excited to cooperate on a Model-driven app with my project team. More features are coming in Wave 2 – then I will summarize the Power Apps part!

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Daniel Ciećkiewicz

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I am a Senior Power Platform Consultant focused on Dataverse, Power Apps, and Power Automate. I was also a Team Leader responsible for the Power Platform Team and their development paths. 

In my private life, I like video games, sports, learning & gaining knowledge, and a taste of good Scotch Whisky! 

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