PowerApps, a new offering from Microsoft, is a service that fundamentally transforms and accelerates how organizations build custom line of business apps, without writing a single line of code.
PowerApps connects to the cloud services and data sources you’re already using, giving business analysts and specialists the ability to quickly build apps that suit their specific needs—without writing code or struggling with integration issues. Apps can be published instantly to co-workers across web, tablets and mobile devices without waiting for app stores. PowerApps also integrates with Microsoft Flow, making it possible to trigger flows from within apps.
With PowerApps, business experts can work more efficiently together with their counterparts in IT and consulting partners, literally on the same page in a visual designer—or solve problems on their own. This makes it dramatically faster not only to build an app the first time, but to keep iterating and evolving it as needs change.
Microsoft’s goal in developing PowerApps is to allow business users to harness the power of data scattered throughout their organizations in both software-as-a-service and on-premises apps without having to know how to write a single line of code. The tooling framework that’s at the heart of PowerApps is based on the Project Siena business-development tools that Microsoft began several years ago and then back-burnered.
As of today the latest version of PowerApps is available for everyone for public preview