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Create custom forms and digital experiences in SharePoint using Microsoft PowerApps

Learn how PowerApps can be leveraged for InfoPath replacement scenarios to build custom forms and enable advanced app building for your business.
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BRK3348
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Cathy Dew and Wes Preston
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Breakout: 75 minute
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Microsoft Flow,PowerApps
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IT Influencers & Implementers
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LOB Application Specialist
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LOB Applications
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Advanced (300)
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Re: Create custom forms and digital experiences in SharePoint using Microsoft PowerApps

I know that @Wes Preston and I are super excited to share some great PowerApps knowledge and information with everyone at Ignite. Let us know what your InfoPath pain points are. 

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Re: Create custom forms and digital experiences in SharePoint using Microsoft PowerApps

Maybe no one has any complaints about InfoPath... No one using it anymore? ;)
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Re: Create custom forms and digital experiences in SharePoint using Microsoft PowerApps

My largest pain point is unexpected EoL a few years ago. I feel like Microsoft is withdrawing from development tools. Infopath is used in a lot of enterprise applications. Why remove support for such a widely used product without having a completed solution in place for replacement? PowerApps still does not feel ready to replace InfoPath, and definitely not on an Enterprise level.

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Re: Create custom forms and digital experiences in SharePoint using Microsoft PowerApps

That's a lot to respond to... :) I'll give my 'not employee 2c'.

I don't think Microsoft is withdrawing from dev tools. They're doing a TON with regards to how to do development against platforms like SharePoint with the SPFx platform and moving tooling into more of the mainstream with existing open-source approaches and tools. InfoPath ended up in a lot of developers' hands, though it was somewhat targeted at power users. InfoPath and PowerApps IMO both fall into that gray area between end users and developers - with the intent that some of the 'easy' dev can be done by power users and take some of the workload off of devs. 

InfoPath had a wide following, but also had plenty of challenges. While it was adopted by a number of users, it was set aside by many as well. The core technologies behind both SharePoint and tools like InfoPath have changed - hence the introduction of something like PowerApps with much broader capabilities (if not now, going forward) and reach (lots of places to use and integrate beyond what InfoPath could do). 

As to the 'why - without a replacement in place?' This is the new approach with cloud-based services: Get started, get capabilities out fast, continue to build and release updates. PowerApps isn't 'completed' and won't be. It'll keep getting better and we have a lot to use *now*. 

I am curious where you think PowerApps isn't ready. I know it doesn't do everything InfoPath does - but am curious what areas in particular you find it coming up short. So far I've found work arounds for some, and know Microsoft has updates on the roadmap for others. 

Also curious where you think PowerApps doesn't cut it for the Enterprise. 

 

Thanks! 

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