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In the past, this involved building multiple versions, but through the utilisation of Microsoft’s Power Platform, businesses now have the tools needed to analyse data, take action through apps and automate important processes.

The Power Platform integrates several complimentary products that are part of Office 365 – Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, and now, Power Pages. This latest addition to the Power Platform offering aims to streamline the creation of websites, so that firms without experienced web developers can build pages efficiently.

It’s an exciting development for any firm using or planning to use the Power Platform, so what exactly can businesses expect with the arrival of Power Pages?

What will Power Pages bring?

According to Microsoft’s official announcement post, Power Pages is a secure, enterprise-grade, low-code software as a service (SaaS) platform for creating, hosting and administering modern external-facing business websites.

The beauty of Power Pages is that it caters to users of all experience levels. Whether you are a low-code maker or professional developer, the service enables users to rapidly design, configure and publish websites that seamlessly work across web browsers and devices.

Providing users with customisable templates, a fluid visual experience through a reimagined design studio and an integrated learning hub, businesses now have the tools needed to build engaging sites that can be tailored to meet their unique needs.

Through the utilisation of Power Pages, existing data that has been stored in Microsoft Dataverse and used in the creation of workflows, intelligent virtual agents and reports, can also be used to build engaging sites.

The entire service is built on the foundation of Power Apps portals, providing the same robust capabilities and pro developer experiences as well as a new, low-code maker experience and out-of-the-box templates to design modern sites.

Support for Power BI embedding

Perhaps one of the most interesting and exciting features of Power Pages is the built-in support for embedding Power BI reports into the newly-developed websites. The service supports all forms of Power BI embedding, including Power BI Embedded, Secure Embedding and Publish to Web, providing users with a flexible development experience.

This is especially useful for businesses that want to share Power BI reports with external users – a task that Azure B2B currently solves, but without the smooth experience of a custom-built website.

Given that custom-built websites usually require an experienced web developer to complete, the easy-to-use nature of Power Pages makes it an exciting prospect for businesses of all sizes. Even for those organisations that already have advanced web development experience, there are more complex security scenarios to be explored through the use of this new service.

Ultimately, this flexibility surrounding Power BI embedding gives users the freedom to share data securely outside of their organisation, which should prove appealing as more businesses now recognise the importance of uncovering data-driven insights.

Unlock the benefits of the Power Platform…

The addition of Power Pages represents another important step forward for Microsoft’s already popular Power Platform, as it provides greater opportunities for businesses to share data, whilst enhancing the effectiveness of their systems.

The combination of Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI and Power Pages allows firms to extract maximum value out of their data, without needing specialist knowledge or expertise to build sophisticated solutions.

Not only this, but it once again demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to quality, as they are prepared to consistently introduce updates in direct response to user feedback.

If your business is yet to experience the benefits associated with the Power Platform, then contact our in-house team of experts to find a solution that meets your unique needs.