Microsoft Power Apps Obtains Pay-As-You-Go License; Dynamics 365 gets more new modules

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This week marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of Microsoft Dynamics 365. Dynamics has evolved significantly during this time through a long strategy of branding, pricing and packaging to become the growing set of modules that handle CRM tasks and ERP that it is today.

At its Ignite IT Pro show this week, Microsoft is making several Dynamics 365 and Power Platform announcements. Unsurprisingly, given Dynamics’ history, several of them involve even more changes in bundles and product names.

Dynamics 365 Connected Store, a service for making retail spaces more efficient, will now be called Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces. There is a new set that Microsoft has dubbed the “Microsoft 365 Customer Experienced Platform,” which brings together the existing Dynamics 365 Marketing, Customer Insights, and Microsoft Advertising services. And by adding proprietary voice services to the Dynamics 365 Customer Service platform, Microsoft is now offering something it charges like an all-in-one digital contact center. Microsoft is also previewing an all-new Supply Chain Insights module that will allow users to proactively manage their supply chains.

One of the biggest announcements at Microsoft’s Ignite IT Pro this week – from a customer and / or partner perspective – is the introduction of a pay-as-you-go licensing option for Power Apps. .

Until the end of the year, pricing and licensing of Power Apps was incredibly expensive and convoluted. To help grow the Power Platform user base, Microsoft announced substantial price reductions for Power Apps. As of October 1, Power Apps per user plans were reduced from $ 40 per user per month to $ 20 per user per month. And the Power Apps per app plans have gone from $ 10 per user / app / month to $ 5.

Now, Microsoft is going even further by introducing Pay-Per-Use Power Apps licenses through Microsoft Azure subscriptions, a feature now in preview. Until now, when developers were ready to roll out Power Apps for users, they had to purchase prepaid licenses first. With the pay-as-you-go option, developers can connect an Azure subscription to Power Apps and pay only for what they use.

“Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) alleviates some of everyone’s biggest concerns, especially when it comes to large but light-use applications requiring premium features,” said Jukka Niiranen, advisor at Forward Forever Power. Platform. “Paying only for monthly active users reduces the barrier to trying out individual apps before committing / negotiating a user-level license agreement, in a way that the current app doesn’t. was not yet able to do. It’s also a huge thing from a cost management perspective that IT departments can now pay for Power Platform functionality in a very similar way to how they pay for Azure capacity. “

There is also more integration to come for Dynamics and Power Platform with Azure, Teams, Office 365 / Microsoft 365 and other “Microsoft Cloud” elements. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced plans to link Teams, Office, and Outlook more closely with Dynamics 365.

Microsoft is previewing new collaborative features in these apps so businesses can do things like find business data using Microsoft Search and turn that data into built-in Fluid components (now called loop components) in Outlook. and Teams. Sales teams can use Teams to collaborate on Dynamics 365 sales records within a Teams chat or channel. Sales reps can bring up a “Chat Now” button from anywhere in Dynamics 365 inbound or outbound team voice channels.

Microsoft will also extend the Context IQ capabilities announced today for Microsoft 365 to Dynamics 365. This set of AI features, rolled out next year, is designed to predict, find, and suggest the information people need – straight away. in the flow of their work.

At Ignite today, Microsoft also provided important updates for its various vertical / industrial cloud bundles. As previously announced, Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services is now available to everyone. The Cloud for Manufacturing is now in preview; Cloud for associations is generally available; and Cloud for Sustainability is previewing. Microsoft is adding new features around virtual tours, information and reservations to its already available Cloud for Healthcare.

These industrial clouds bring together common data models, inter-cloud connectors, workflows, application programming interfaces, and industry-specific components and standards. They are designed for use with Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform Tools, and other Microsoft services and are intended to connect front-end productivity tasks to backend data management.

Rosemary C. Kearney