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The Microsoft 365 Developer tenant is an amazing feature to learn and experiment in the Microsoft 365 universe (actually I’m talking about your personal development “sandbox” of the Microsoft 365 developer program. If you have no idea, what a “dev tenant” is, read the article “What is a “Dev tenant” and why would you want one” from Julie Turner). But there are limitations if it comes to experience the full potential of the Power Platform. Power Platform licensing is a bit complex, but to simplify things: You may use standard connectors within most Microsoft 365 licenses (like E3 or E5), but you can’t you can’t use premium connectors, or on prem data gateways, or add Microsoft Dataverse to your environments. Since the dev tenant gives only you a Microsoft  365 E5 license, you would need to purchase a standalone license., Which is not ideal if you just want to learn and decide later on if you want to dig deeper into the Power Platform.

Luckily there is the Power Apps Community Plan and you can add this plan to your developer tenant.

 

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What are the advantages of the Power App Community Plan?

With the Community plan, you get a developer environment for free which gives you the possibility to learn and develop your skills (check out the Power Platform Apps plan docs article for more information). Developer environments are exclusively for the Community Plan , you can learn more here in the environments overview documentation. In this environment you get a lot of possibilities which are not included in the Power Apps license seeded in the Microsoft 365 E5 license:

  • You can use premium connectors (only for datasources within Power Apps)
  • You can build unlimited custom connectors
  • You can use Dataverse
  • You’re able to export your apps and flows to AppSource for others to test

You see, if you want to learn more about the Power Platform and develop your skills, this is a huge benefit for you. And it comes for free.

 

What is included in the Power Apps Community PlanWhat is included in the Power Apps Community Plan

 

How to join the Community Plan?

Let me walk you through the process. You need your log in data for the developer tenant: Mail address and password.

Go to the Power Apps Community Plan website and click on Get started free.

 

The overview page of the Power Apps Community PlanThe overview page of the Power Apps Community Plan

 

In the next step you need to insert the mail address of your dev tenant. That is very important, do not use a different mail address, since you want the Community Plan to be linked to your dev tenant. After that click on Sign Up.

 

The sign in page of the Power Apps Community PlanThe sign in page of the Power Apps Community Plan

 

 You will get a notification that says, that you’re using this address with another Microsoft Service already. Of course, you do, you use it for your developer tenant, right? So click on Sign In

 

a pop up mentioning, that you already use the address for a Microsoft Servicea pop up mentioning, that you already use the address for a Microsoft Service

 

The next window is a confirmation that you’re signed in and you can (important, you don’t have to) decide to get promotion and offers send to your address.

You can also decide to share your information with partners in order to get more relevant information.

You don’t have to, so choose wisely.

And naturally by clicking on Start you confirm that you’ve read the terms and conditions and the Microsoft Privacy Policy. So maybe it’s a good point to read them ;)

 

A pop up asking you to agree to the terms and conditions and decide if you want to share your information and get email offers from MicrosoftA pop up asking you to agree to the terms and conditions and decide if you want to share your information and get email offers from Microsoft

 

Don’t you worry, you’re almost done. In order to start with the Power Apps Community Plan you need to choose the country you’re using the Power Platform in. There are various legal conditions, which differ depending on the country. Once again you can choose the get the latest Power Apps tips and information, yet this is no mandatory field.

 

If you hit that Accept button you’re done.

 

A pop up asking you to choose your country to begin.A pop up asking you to choose your country to begin.

 

If you check the Power Platform Admin Center you will recognize, that there is another environment, next to the default one.

Congratulations, you’ve just joined the Power Apps Community Plan and can now see your new Developer environment. 

 

A picture of two different environments in the Power Platform Admin CenterA picture of two different environments in the Power Platform Admin Center

 

Now you can start developing apps and flows in this specific environment.

 

But there is one more thing you need to pay attention to: If you open Power Automate or Power Apps, make sure that you’re in the correct environment. In the upper right corner of your browser you can see, what environment you’re currently in. Click on the button Environments to see a list of all your available environments. Now select you newly created Developer environment (in my case it’s Michael Roth’s Environment). Now you’re using the newly created Developer environment with all the benefits from the Power Apps Community Plan.

 

A picture showing the button the select the right environment in the Power ToolsA picture showing the button the select the right environment in the Power Tools

 

10 Comments
Super Contributor

Thx for sharing! Works!

Occasional Contributor

Yeahhhh, it works, thank you for sharing!!

Occasional Contributor

Thanks @Gezeitenbrand42 - this was very easy to follow and setup, and really adds value to the Dev Tenant as a training experience.

 

While this would certainly be great for learning Power Apps, so it is an improvement over the previous Dev Tenant situation, you still cannot create new environments, and thus use the tenant as an actual Dev Tenant for Power Apps (e.g. have the minimum Dev, Testing, and Acceptance).

 

I would be happy to pay for Power Apps in my Dev Tenant if I thought I would get the 10GB of capacity. But as I did not get them in a Power Apps per User trial, I assume this is a permanent limitation of the Dev Tenant.

 

Our O365 Admin has given me lots of admin access, but obviously can't give me full access to our tenant, or add and license 10 dummy users for me to test with.  This is what I could do if I had proper Power Apps capacity (again, which I am happy to pay for) in the Dev Tenant.

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Hey, thank you for your feedback. You're right. With the developer subscription and the tenant you get AND the Power Apps Community Plan you don't get a full size Dev tenant. You can add Trial environments, but if you want to use it on a long term basis, I can see that this is not really working.  Then again, the developer subscription and the Community Plan make very clear that this is for learning purposes. I can see though, that you want to learn and test how to deploy multiple environments to build up the whole scenario before you roll out multiple environments on your real tenant.  But I agree, if you want the possibility of dummy user and create different environments, it's not easy. But now as I'm coming to think of it. Did you try to purchase a Power license for your dev tenant? I'm in the Admin Center right now and it looks as if you could just do that?

 

Update: You can purchase a Power Platform Standalone license to your Dev Tenant 🤯🤯🤯 Gonna write another short How-To with another chapter of why this makes sense. Thank you so much @Donal McCarthy, that was a great suggestion

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Fantastic - I will also purchase a single Power Apps per User license* and get the 10Gb.

This should be more than enough for what I need for now. If I need more, I will buy another.

I didn't do this initially, as I expected adding a PowerApps per User trial would give me the 10Gb, and it did not, but maybe this was a wrong expectation.

 

*I presume Power Platform Standalone license is a Power Apps per User license?

 

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Yes, you're right. It should work with a Power Automate per user license as well (it's way cheaper), but I'm not :hundred_points:% sure.
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What plan did you add? 

I'll try the Per User and report back. 

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So great news - this is what one Power Apps Per User sub gives you in a Dev Tenant.

I think there still might be a limit on the number of DBs you can create (2 per user) but it is definitely a great Power Apps Dev approach.

 

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Quick update - I was able to create three Dataverse Environments, so the limitation I thought I saw re environments does not apply.

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That's great news =)