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Power Apps Community Call -- May 2021

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Topics covered in this month’s community call include - Building multilingual Power Apps, Using Environment Variables in Canvas Apps, Using Environment Variables in Flows, Recent Power Apps News and Community Contributions and Latest on PnP Power Platform Samples Contributions.  

Demo Extravaganza 2021.  Entries accepted now, Finalist voting starts – June 1st, Finalist voting ends – June 30th, Finals / Winner(s) to be Announced – July 21, 2021 at 08:00 PT.   This session included Q&A in chat.  The call was hosted by Todd Baginski (Canviz).  Demo presenters included Haniel Croitoru (Protiviti), Charles Sterling (Microsoft), and Reza Dorrani (Catapult).  This call was recorded on May 19, 2021.  Thank for attending the call or viewing it on demand.

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  • Building multilingual Power Apps - a high-level architecture for multilingual forms supported by one or more SharePoint lists (containing language terminology) in back-end.  Multiple apps/forms can pull from same lists.  Leverages native SharePoint functionality – lookups to pull data.  Picks up chosen language from computer Office 365 settings, so renders on all device platforms.   Uses basic SharePoint and Office 365 connectors in Power apps.   Easy to update, ensures consistency across apps. 

  • Using Environment Variables in Canvas Apps in this demo, Charles creates a new environment variable and a Power App to query Environment Variable values then demonstrates how environment variables may be used at runtime.

  • Using Environment Variables in Power Automate Flows - create Environment Variables (to connect to SharePoint sites/data) and add them to Power Apps Solutions.  Within your Canvas Apps, Flows, and Bots, select to incorporate your Environment Variables.   Environment variables simplify moves from Dev to Test to Prod environments by handling environment configuration updates to Flows, Bots, and Apps.  See how Environment Variables are created, added to an App and a Flow.

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