Microsoft is making significant changes to its developer tools

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The Power Apps portals have been renamed Power Pages.

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Microsoft’s proposal to rebrand Power Apps portals as Power Pages has surfaced online ahead of its next Build developer conference later this month.

Several references to Microsoft’s new Power Pages have been seen online, including a video describing “How to develop a form using Microsoft Power Pages,” as reported by ZDNet and initially spotted by Twitter user WalkingCat.

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It’s now evident that Power Pages is the new name for Microsoft’s Power App portals, based on one of the URLs mentioned in the leaked slides.

Power App portals, according to a Microsoft support article, is a website builder and web hosting platform for swiftly creating and launching business-focused websites. The fact that Power App portals use low code and configurable themes makes these sites easy to construct.

Power Pages and Power Apps portals

Aside from the web leaks of Power Pages, Microsoft itself mentioned the product in a recent Microsoft Dynamics blog post that has since been removed.

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According to the post, Microsoft is introducing Dataverse search capability to Power Apps portals/Power Pages, allowing users to utilise the search engine that is already used by model-driven apps.

Meanwhile, Microsoft complimented Power Apps portals and cited some examples of recent sites built with the service in a job posting for a principal software engineer, saying:

“One of the fastest-growing capabilities of Power Platform is Power Apps Portals, which allows huge enterprises, educational institutions, and governments throughout the world to easily develop and launch external data-centric websites.” Government-to-citizen services such as COVID-19 vaccine scheduling, Citizen 311 services, and Citizen FAQ sites are examples of Power Apps Portal-powered sites.”

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Power Apps portals have also been used to develop sites for self-service consumer returns, product warranty registrations, course registrations, application processing, and onboarding, in addition to government-to-citizen services.

We won’t hear about the change until Microsoft Build 2022, but expect the company to show off even more Power Pages applications at its future virtual event.

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