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Enabling Preview and Experimental Features

Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform

In the previous step, we discovered the Power Apps Environments. Up next, we are going to learn about Enabling Preview and Experimental Features.

The Power platform updates are ongoing and there are a few ways you can get early access to the upcoming features or see what is changing. The preview and experimental features are available for testing purposes only and are not intended for use in production. It is important to understand that when you see a blog post or a tweet in the community about a cool new feature, it might still be in preview.

Both PowerApps canvas apps and Microsoft Flow support preview environments. This is a special preview environment that you can configure by selecting Preview (country or region name) as the region. You can use this region to test out your applications and make sure they work before the release. As of this writing, one limitation is that a CDS database instance can’t be created in the preview environment, so for now, you can build canvas apps and flows. In the future, the ability to create a CDS instance in the preview environments will be supported.

The following is an example of creating a preview environment:

example of creating a preview environment for an app and flow by selecting a environment name and region

You can read more about the PowerApps and Microsoft Flow preview programs here: PowerApps preview environments and Microsoft Flow preview programs.

In addition to preview environments, PowerApps canvas apps offer features that are marked as preview or experimental. These settings show up even in the non-preview environments allowing you to enable them in a single canvas app. Experimental features are intended to be a ‘first look at a feature’. Experimental features might never be released or might change drastically before moving to a preview or general availability. Preview features are further in the release cycle and are in their final testing phase before being made generally available.

In PowerApps canvas apps you can check these settings by going to Advanced Settings.

Advanced Settings tab with a preview option

Remember you can always set up a test environment or copy of an application to test with preview or experimental features.

Next up, we’ll be finding out more about Administration Settings.

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