If you want to work on your Power Apps skills but are stuck as you do not have your own Dev environment where you can practice then below are the steps which will help you create a “Developer” environment using “Power Apps Community Plan” where you can practice.
This environment is only for building your skills or for building Business Apps for AppSource. Do not use this as your “Dev” environment – that should be your “Sandbox” environment
Setup a free trial Azure Account
Create a new Azure account by navigating to this link. Click “Start Free” button and enter any of your Microsoft Live Id (Hotmail, Outlook, etc.). Enter your billing details. The billing details are just to ensure that your a real person – as this is a free trial account you won’t incur any charges for 12 months (at the time of writing).
Create Azure Tenant
Once you created your Azure account or you login to your existing Azure account. We need to create an Azure Active Directory. Follow the steps mentioned under section called “Create a new tenant for your organization“
Create a username
After you created the Active Directory, navigate to the Active Directory properties. Go to “Users”, here you will find option to create new user and it will have email corresponding to your tenant. For example if you named your tenant as “mytenant” then your email address will me “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Get Power Apps free developer plan
Using this new email address signup for free Power Apps Community Plan or sometimes also referred to as Developer Plan.
Which features are included in the PowerApps Community Plan?
With the individual environment, you get following functionality:
|Functionalities||Environment for individual use|
|Create and run apps||Yes. You can create unlimited apps|
|Use the Common Data Service||Yes|
|Model your data using the Common Data Service||Yes|
|Enterprise-grade administration of the environment and user policies||Yes|
|Connect to Office 365, Dynamics 365 and other connectors||Yes|
|Connect to cloud-based services like Azure SQL, Dropbox, Twitter and many more||Yes|
|Use premium connectors like Salesforce, DB2 and many more||Yes|
|Access on‐premises data using an on-premises gateway||Yes|
|Create custom connectors to connect to your own systems||Yes. You can create unlimited custom connectors|
|Common Data Service|
|Create and run applications on the Common Data Service||Yes|
|Model your data in the Common Data Service||Yes|
|Create database in the Common Data Service||Yes|
|Add co-workers as environment makers and admins||No|
|Add co-workers to the database roles||No|
|Supports data policies established by the Office 365 administrator||Yes|
|Establish data policies for the individual environment||Yes|
*You can’t share an app, flow, connection, etc. with any other users of your tenant. You also can’t add any other user as environment admin, maker or to the database roles from the admin center.
|Database Size||200 MB|
If you have any questions then please post a comment below.
Hope this helps. Keeping PowerApp’ing.
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