Plan and prepare for Power Apps portals in 2022 release wave 1
The 2022 release wave 1 plan covers all new functionalities planned to be delivered to market from April 2022 to September 2022. In this article, you'll find the product overview and what's new and planned for Power Apps portals.
Power Apps portals empowers organizations to extend data and business processes to their internal and external users in a secure manner. It allows organizations to create multilingual, responsive, and branded portals.
Use Power Apps portals documentation to get detailed information about how portals can be used to meet a variety of business requirements.
The 2022 release wave 1 plan is focused on enhancements in the areas of the portals platform, new capabilities for administration, packaging, and professional development.
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Portals core platform provides a rich set of out-of-the-box capabilities for makers to use as-is, configure, and customize in low-code/no-code ways and even build on top of using professional development techniques to meet business needs.
Typical areas that describe the portals core platform are:
- Content management system (CMS) capabilities to store web pages and related content
- Data types and components, such as forms and lists, that allow a user to interact with data in Microsoft Dataverse using standard ways
- User authentication by supporting OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect, SAML 2.0, WS-Federation standard protocols
- Security using a robust authorization model that provides granular control over permissions on portal pages and data in Dataverse tables
- A configurable global search that allows searching content in Dataverse using portal pages
- Extensibility options provided by code components, Web APIs, Liquid code, client-side scripts, custom style sheets, and web templates
The additional and enhanced capabilities on the platform allow makers to enable more scenarios out-of-the-box while implementing Power Apps portals.
Governance and administration
Governance and administration features enable administrators to efficiently manage, configure, and maintain portals.
These features allow administrators to:
- View portal details, capacity consumption reports, and update portal packages from the Power Platform admin center.
- Use self-service diagnostic tools, such as the Portal Checker, to identify and resolve common issues in portals.
- Configure integration to other services (for example, SharePoint and Power BI), restrict access by IP address, enable maintenance mode, and other admin options.
Professional developer experiences
Power Apps portals provides support for professional tools and editors, such as the Microsoft Power Platform CLI and Visual Studio Code. Professional developers can create, build, debug, and publish their custom experiences quickly and efficiently.
Professional developers can:
- Use Microsoft Power Platform CLI commands for portal to list, download, and upload portals.
- Use deployment profiles to upload unique portal configurations to development, test, and production environments.
- Use Microsoft Power Platform CLI and GitHub Actions capabilities to enable Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) of portal configurations.
- Use Visual Studio Code extension Microsoft Power Platform Tools to improve productivity.
To learn more about the entire set of capabilities being delivered during this release wave, check out the release plan for Power Apps portals below:
For application administrators
User-impacting features to the user experience enabled automatically
User-impacting features should be reviewed by application administrators. This facilitates release change management and enables successful onboarding of new capabilities released to market. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users, automatically" in the release plan.
Features that must be enabled by application administrators
This release wave contains features that must be enabled or configured by administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users by admins, makers, or analysts" in the release plan.