Microsoft launches new Power Pages: An evolution of Power Apps Portals

This week, the Microsoft Build conference was held, the annual flagship event for developers. One of the key announcements from the conference, was the launch of Microsoft Power Pages; an evolution of Power Apps Portals.

Below, we summarise the key points about Microsoft Power Pages. Click below if you wish to skip to a particular section:

What is Microsoft Power Pages?

Power Pages capabilities

What’s the difference between Power Pages and Power Apps portals?

Examples of how to use Power Pages

What is Microsoft Power Pages?

One of the biggest announcements to come out of Microsoft Build was the launch of Power Pages; a low-code, scalable, and secure solution for creating, hosting, and administering modern external-facing business websites, that seamlessly work across web browsers and devices.

Previously, Power Pages existed as a feature within Power Apps called Power Apps Portals. This enabled users to create and customise external portals in a simple way, including editing pages, layouts and content.

Power Pages will now become the fifth member of the Power Platform family as a standalone offering within the Power Platform portfolio.

Power Pages capabilities

The Portals feature has essentially been redesigned with a new user experience and many new capabilities, including:

  • Design studio: Design, style and publish modern business websites either by scratch or with one of the ready-to-use templates. Read more about the design studio here.
  • Templates hub: The hub provides full-featured websites with demo data that allow users to manage scheduling, registration, and app submission. Read more about the templates hub here.
  • Learn hub: Explore guides, tutorials and videos to learn how to build sites, model business data and work with code components. Read more about the learn hub here.
  • Pro-Developer tools: Include integrations with Visual Studio, GitHub and Azure DevOps to help developers implement advanced business requirements
  • Security and Governance tools: Allow users to secure their website content and data through role-based access controls and Azure
  • Microsoft Dataverse: A low code data platform that allows users to securely collect and share business information with site visitors

Examples of how to use Power Pages

People can often think of low-code web development as being useful for basic projects like a site to showcase a company profile or to use as an e-commerce platform for other content. However, with Power Pages, there are so many more possibilities. Of course, you can use it for those examples previously listed, but you can take it further, for example:

  • Community services: Reach and serve a significant volume of people at scale, providing community services such as self-service permitting, licensing, incident and outage reporting, and applying for grants
  • FAQ sites: Provide answers to common questions about products, services, special events, policies, and procedures
  • Customer self-service: Provide all-day customer self-services, such as warranty registration, returns, support inquiries, appointments, and bookings
  • Partner support: Streamline business processes with partners, such as supplier onboarding, sustainability tracking, inquiry management, and vendor support

What's the difference between Power Pages and Power Apps portals?

Power Pages is an evolution of Power Apps Portals. It is built on the Power Apps Portals platform, which is already used by thousands of businesses around the world today.

The rebrand of the tool brings new capabilities and experiences to users, enabling businesses to do more than ever.

Current customers of Power Apps portals don’t need to upgrade or migrate their running portals. Customers and partners who are building solutions on top of Power Apps portals shouldn’t stop or cancel their projects.

As Power Pages has just been announced, documentation from Microsoft is still limited. When we know more about the differences between Portals and Pages, we will update this blog post accordingly.

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