SharePoint Business Apps Spring 2018 Update

Published May 01 2018 05:23 PM 22.6K Views

We are busy getting ready for SharePoint Conference later this month.  Before we announce our updates for business apps in OneDrive and SharePoint there, we thought it would be helpful to recap our updates over the past few months.



  • PowerApps/Flow buttons out of preview. The buttons for creating and launching PowerApps and Flow directly from libraries and lists are out of preview, and available in all commercial tenants.
  • PowerApps now supports multivalued and taxonomy fields.
  • PowerApps support for read/write attachments has been released.
  • Flow launch panel is generally available.
  • Flow for OneDrive. Building and launching custom Flows is now available from the OneDrive web interface, as it is for SharePoint libraries.
  • Set content approval status action is now available in Flow. Using this action, you can build a custom approval process and invoke this action directly on lists or libraries requiring publishing approval.
  • Custom forms on SharePoint lists, built with PowerApps is also generally available.
  • Microsoft Forms is now out of preview for commercial tenants.


Rolling out now

  • As part of our mission to enable standard patterns for collaboration, we are releasing the request sign-off action for all document libraries. This allows any user to start a simple review process from the Flow button on a document library.  Users can approved the request from email, Web or the Flow mobile app, and results are tracked in SharePoint as well. 
  • Custom column content widths can be saved for each user. Each user will be able to set a custom width for each column in a view, and have those settings persist for multiple sessions. Columns widths are now also stored as part of the view property – users can persist their column widths permanently by saving a view with the column customizations.
  • Configure settings for date/time columns from list/library view. If you need to adjust default date formats or related settings, you’ll be able to act directly from the native list or library view, with having to use the list/library properties page.
  • Item deleted trigger – now you can start flows when a file or an item is deleted.
  • SharePoint HTTP actions inside Flow: Development-oriented users can now use the rich REST API surface of SharePoint using this new Flow action, and this action will handle authentication.
  • PowerApps web part (preview). With this new web part, you’ll be able to add a complete PowerApp to any SharePoint page, regardless of data source.  Even if your app is built using data in Dynamics, SQL, or any other supported data source, you can extend the interface to the web page without moving the underlying data. 

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Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you at SPC!

Valued Contributor

Hi  @Chris McNulty,


Thanks for the update. I know this isn't the right place to mention this, but could you please rewrite the German translation for "signing off" documents. Currently this says "Abmeldung anfordern" which translates back to "request log off", which makes no sense at all :)


@Chris McNulty and @Bill Baer Will the SharePoint Conference keynote presentation be live streamed?  Last year the May 2017 SharePoint event was live streamed.  


Yes, we'll be streaming our keynote this year.  Thanks!

Former Employee
@Ivan Unger You can post translation issue in Office International Space on Tech Community
New Contributor

When will Flow and Power Apps be available in GCC High Tenants?

Senior Member

I am really excited about the Powerapps support taxonomy fields the question I have is can we write to the taxonomy fields now. And if so when does it roll out? 

Frequent Contributor

@Chris McNulty, where can I find further information about saving a view with column widths as mentioned in this post? 

Occasional Visitor

@Chris McNulty @Ian Bruckner I'd also like to know how to save a view with column widths please

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