PowerApps será la interfaz por defecto de las listas de Sharepoint

El 31 de Octubre apareció está noticia en el blog de Office y me parece que su importancia ha quedado un poco diluida: SharePoint welcomes PowerApps and Microsoft Flow

Así a bote pronto parece que simplemente se habla de la disponibilidad general de PowerApps y Microsoft Flow para el nuevo diseño moderno de las listas de Sharepoint. No obstante, el artículo hace un avance de información bastante importante:

PowerApps will be fully integrated into the SharePoint web experience. PowerApps provides a great mobile experience, and now that experience is connected to the data stored in SharePoint lists. Soon you’ll be able to integrate PowerApps as the default in-browser experience for any SharePoint modern list.

¡¡Wow!! Mirad como queda:

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Lo cuál implica lo siguiente:

  • You’ll be able to launch PowerApps directly from the SharePoint mobile app.
  • Modern document libraries will be made available as a data source for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
  • For Microsoft Flow, you’ll be able to run any flow on demand for a specific document or list item, in addition to waiting for an automated trigger to fire.
  • Using the data gateway, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow will work with on-premises data in SQL and SharePoint as simply as cloud-based data.
  • Deeper integration of Power BI with SharePoint Online. Business process requires more than data and automation. Power BI has been a leader in visualization analytics, and soon you’ll be able to embed visualizations and charts from Power BI directly into a SharePoint team site.

No obstante, no podemos pensar que las PowerApps sustituirán completamente a InfoPath (aunque es la intención de Microsoft…y la mía propia :-D), al menos por el momento. Tal y como podemos ver en este artículo, hay todavía ciertas limitaciones:

If you use InfoPath for any of the following scenarios, PowerApps is not recommended, even by Microsoft, as a replacement:

  • Offline scenarios in which InfoPath Filler can be used without an Internet connection.
  • Rich XML document scenarios in which forms can be moved, shared, reopened, edited, or processed for data.
  • Wider audience scenarios in which users outside the organization are filling the forms. PowerApps only supports appropriately licensed users in the same organization.

For these kinds of scenarios there is no reason to believe that Microsoft will be providing any new alternative to InfoPath, so it’s probably time to get serious about investigating third-party solutions.

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