I was delighted to present at DynamicsCon Live in San Antonio, Texas last week. What a wonderful community and an excellent event!
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What are model-driven apps?
Model-driven apps are one of the most powerful configuration tools available to a Microsoft Dynamics 365 system administrator. Simple to build and an amazing tool for user adoption, model-driven apps can be a complete game-changer to your user groups.
Model-driven apps are Power Apps that use Dataverse as a database and can be built using low-code and even no-code tools. The Dynamics 365 platform is itself a model-driven Power App. The out-of-the-box D365 Sales Hub, Service Hub, and Marketing apps are useful out-of-the-box additions to a customer solution. But implementing a streamlined model-driven app for a specific user group has amazing benefits! They are tailored for a specific use case. You can hide the noise, simplify the user experience, and increase overall happiness.
What’s coming in the new release wave?
There are so many exciting features coming to model-driven apps as part of the Release Wave 2, rolling out October 2022 through March 2023. A complete list is below, organized by general availability date:
General Availability in October 2022:
- Modern Advanced Find turned on by default
- Create & join Teams meetings in-app or from Appointments
- View colleague’s presence in all model-driven apps: Public Preview August 2022
- View only relevant activities in drop-down
- Easily copy links to records
- Appointment description supports rich text
General Availability in 2023:
- Connect to external data from Dataverse: Public Preview October 2022, General Availability January 2023
- Use Teams chat with others in app: Public Preview October 2022, General Availability March 2023
Unknown General Availability:
- Grid control support for grouping, aggregation, nested grids: Public Preview October 2022
The features I am most excited about are the extended Teams collaboration capabilities within an app. We’ve really seen this theme across the past few releases. The line between Power Apps and Teams continues to blur. This is a trend I am excited to see continue. Eventually, we will never need to leave our apps, and neither will our users. One app to rule them all, one app to enhance productivity, one app to bring them all, and in collaboration bind them!