Microsoft Dynamics 365

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What is Dynamics 365 Canvas App?

In the context of Dynamics 365, a canvas app is a customisable, graphical user interface (GUI) application built within the Microsoft Power Platform. These apps are designed to streamline specific business processes without the need for traditional coding. Essentially a canvas app is a drag-and-drop interface builder where you assemble pre-built components to create an app tailored to your needs.


Key characteristics of canvas apps in Dynamics 365_

  • No coding required: Building apps doesn’t require writing code in programming languages like C#. Instead, you drag and drop pre-built controls like buttons, galleries, and text boxes onto a canvas, similar to designing a PowerPoint slide.
  • Data integration: Canvas apps seamlessly connect to various data sources within Dynamics 365, including Common Data Service (CDS), customer relationship management (CRM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) data. This allows you to display, create, update, and delete data directly within the app.
  • Customisable: The platform offers a vast library of ready-made controls and templates, enabling you to create unique and user-friendly applications. You can customise the look and feel, functionality, and data connections to match your specific requirements.
  • Embedding: Canvas apps can be embedded directly within Dynamics 365 forms, dashboards, and portals, providing context-specific functionality alongside existing data and features. This streamlines workflows and eliminates the need to switch between different applications.
  • Accessibility: Power Apps offers native mobile functionality, allowing you to build apps accessible on smartphones and tablets, further enhancing mobility and flexibility for users.


Benefits of using canvas apps in Dynamics 365_

  • Increased efficiency: Automate repetitive tasks, improve data entry accuracy, and streamline workflows to boost productivity.
  • Enhanced user experience: Create intuitive and user-friendly interfaces that cater to your specific business needs, improving user satisfaction and engagement.
  • Improved agility: Quickly build and deploy applications without relying on IT resources, enabling rapid adaptation to changing business requirements.
  • Reduced costs: Eliminate the need for custom coding and expensive software licences, lowering development and maintenance costs.


Ultimately, canvas apps within Dynamics 365 offer a powerful and accessible way to build custom business applications without coding. They enhance user experience, boost productivity, and improve agility, making them a valuable tool for organisations looking to optimise their operations and empower their employees.

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