Handy How-To: Microsoft PowerApps

Building applications is not an easy exercise. You need to know how to write code exceptionally to develop enterprise level apps. The time you need to learn about app development is not short, and this can easily deter someone from walking down that path. Now, if you are new to Microsoft Office 365, you are in for a surprise because there is a way you can build applications without writing a single line of code, using the PowerApps tool found in Microsoft Office 365. Let us look at two ways you can build apps using PowerApps in Office 365.

Create an app using templates

PowerApps is a tool that can help you build apps, thanks to its in-built template applications. The sample applications will act as a template that you can use to create your app quickly. To start off, you need to create a cloud storage account like OneDrive to store the sample data that you will use in the template.

Each sample in the platform will help you achieve a specific purpose. For instance, a sample app can help you to inspect your site, manage your project, or track service tickets. These samples also have test data to help you see how the app works.

In case your team has already developed a couple of apps, you will see them on the screen that you have shared with others. All the apps that you have access to will also be seen under the “My apps” tab.

Creating an app using PowerApps Studio

To create your first app, install PowerApps Studio in your windows machine. You will connect to various data sources and start building an application using a visual design interface that does not allow any writing of code.

If you want to create your first app, it is best to use your own set of data. It gets better because when you direct PowerApps to a data source like SharePoint, the visual designer will create a 3-screen app for browsing the list, to view detailed records and allow editing. You can then customise the app to your specifications.


As you can see, it is easy to build apps using PowerApps without knowing any programming language. Although that is the case, you need to get used to navigating through the platform. You can do this by building some sample apps to understand how to use the tool before creating a production app. To learn more about how to use PowerApps in Microsoft Office 365; contact us.






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