The Common Data Service is a foundational element of Power Platform, yet it isn’t an actual software product that would be sold directly on a per user basis. The history as well as the future of CDS make it a complex part of the licensing puzzle for customers – and Microsoft.
Whether you are using a particular feature on a daily basis or once a year doesn’t make a difference when it comes to the licensing requirements of Business Applications. Why is it so hard to offer a license type for the “light touch” scenarios?
The low-code tools are making it easier than ever to have data flowing between different systems and presented in a custom UI that may bypass the original enterprise applications altogether. However, this does not free you from the requirement of having a license for these systems. Welcome to the world of multiplexing.
The changes in how Microsoft positions the various products in its portfolio are a common source of confusion and misunderstanding on Power Apps licensing. This blog post will examine the impact that the rise of Power Platform has had on the surrounding product offerings of Office 365 and Dynamics 365.
Microsoft doesn’t provide a single page from where to look up the prices for each of the license types for various products included under the Power Platform umbrella. Since this information is spread out and offered in various different formats, I decided to create a landing page with the core price info as well as links to documentation that’s been the source of this pricing information.
There are certain details in Microsoft’s licensing model for Dynamics 365 Team Members, Power Apps and environment capacity management that tend to raise questions among customers and partners. Here are answers to some of the licensing questions I’ve encountered during the past few months.