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Microsoft’s announcement of Power Fx at Ignite 2021 was one of several Power Platform-related updates at the event. But several people in the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform community picked up on the news as a key signal of the product line’s ambition in the enterprise sector and vision for broad adoption across job roles.
Power Fx is a language “rooted in Excel” and already used in Power Apps canvas apps today, writes Microsoft director of program management for Power Apps Ryan Cunningham. By committing to the language with a product name and a plan to expand its use to other tools, Microsoft is providing a vision for the future of development on Power Platform. Cunnhingham also stated:
By delivering Power Fx with the tools a professional expects, including the ability to directly edit apps in text editors like Visual Studio Code and use source control, we’re making it possible for developers to go faster and find common ground with millions of makers.
Microsoft principal program manager Greg Lindhorst wrote separately:
We have a lot of work to do to extract Power Fx from the Power Apps home where it grew up. We are actively working to integrate Power Fx into Microsoft Power Virtual Agents, Microsoft Dataverse, and Model-driven Power Apps. We’ll use these as our test beds for getting the packages right for open source sharing.
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