The 2021 Microsoft Power Platform release wave 1 describes all the new features releasing from April 2021 through September 2021 for Power BI, Power Apps, Power Apps portals, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, AI Builder, and data integration. The following key dates are subject to possibly change.

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Key dates of the 2021 Microsoft Power Platform Release Wave 1

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Power BI

Microsoft business intelligence simplifies how organizations extract insights from data. These insights empower organizations to make decisions based on facts – not opinions. Microsoft continues to focus on three main areas:

  1. Amazing data experiences
  2. Modern enterprise BI
  3. Integrations where teams work

New Quick Create Experience allows new users to get started in Power BI by providing a guided experience. Many new users don’t have access to an analyst or experienced Power BI user. The new quick create feature allows new users to connect data, author content, or create reports, dashboards, or apps without being a Power BI expert. This feature is currently in preview and will be released for general availability in June 2021. To learn more about creating reports in the Power BI service visit the Microsoft Power BI Blog.

Power Apps

The updates to Power Apps include:

  • duplicate detection to the Unified Interface Experience.
  • Improved accessibility for business process flow in mobile.
  • Enhanced global relevance search experience.
  • In-app notifications for model-driven apps.

AI Builder

  • Form processing improvements
  • New Region Availability
  • Signature detection

Power Apps Portals

  • Significant improvements for portal developers of all skills.
  • Enhancements to the low code toolset to reduce the time taken to build sophisticated websites.
  • Support is enabled for familiar pro-developer tools for advanced developers.
  • In-app notifications for model-driven apps.

Power Automate

Digital and Robotic process automation (RPA) provides businesses with a more efficient way to get things done. Enhancements to Power Automate include:

Power Virtual agents

Improvements to the authoring experience include:

  • List variables
  • Topic suggestions from bot sessions
  • Adaptive cards
  • Power Automation integration with better error handing
  • New topic trigger management

Data Integration

Enhancements to data integration include:

  • Enrichment through integration with Azure maps
  • Gateway diagnostics
  • Improved error management
  • Visual data prep for Power Query Desktop
  • Security improvements

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