Developers of canvas apps in Microsoft Power Apps will soon be able to deploy their solutions as Android and iOS mobile apps.
A huge leap forward for the application, deploying Power Apps directly as mobile apps holds a number of potential benefits.
Smarter, low-code app creation
Power Apps had always been a way of creating advanced mobile apps with relative ease.
However, the compromise was often that apps weren’t always straightforward to deploy on devices. Power Apps would often require a link to access and often require Microsoft authentication, slowing down the process of using the app.
As of December 2021, Power Apps will become a Mobile Application Development (MAD) platform. This new development will mean that Power Apps will be able to output APK and IPA file types. These will then be stored as an icon a mobile device menu in the same way as any other type of iOS or Android app.
It will be possible to store multiple Power Apps under a single Power App icon, meaning organisations could have their own personalised app for all of their workflows and requirements.
What’s more, Power Apps will also support an improved level of branding and UX, making it more competitive as an app design platform.
The Future Of Mobile Apps
The new development is a big step forward for Power Apps. It will mean organisations will now be able to push out relevant workplace apps to all users with ease using mobile device management technology (such as Intune), irrespective of their device.
Developers and users alike will also undoubtedly now be looking ahead to the future of Power Apps in marketplaces. Until now Power Apps solutions have existed almost entirely within Microsoft’s AppSource marketplace. Going forward, there are only a few barriers to Power Apps appearing in the likes of the Google Play store or Apple’s Appstore.
This would prove highly disruptive given the relative simplicity of creating Power Apps (compared to traditional mobile apps). It also begs the question of whether Apple would welcome Microsoft apps flooding its store.
While this last part remains speculation, the ability to deploy to Android and iOS with ease will undoubtedly bolster Power Apps’ competitiveness within the marketplace.
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