Difference between Power Apps Portals and Power Pages

Microsoft Power Platform family and now Power Pages (Portals).

Let’s talk about history of Portals in Dynamics 365. Initially it was Adxstudio which was a company based in Canada who created a portal (using ASP.NET/C#) and users were able to install a solution in Dynamics 365 CE and get started with it. You had access to code and developers could use visual studio and modify it as they needed. It was working great till then….

Suddenly Microsoft decided to buy it and at that point things changed. Microsoft named it “CRM Portals” and eventually “PowerApps Portals”. When Microsoft bought it, they changed the way Adx used to work and customers had no access to code any more and made it as a SaaS application.

Recently (last year) Microsoft decided to re name it and make it part of Power family and they called it “Power Pages”

From Adx to Power Pages, it has improved a lot and is very easy to modify/extend (to a certain point).

So what are the key points/differences from Portals to Pages?

First of all, you dont need to be a developer to manage it…YES you can create a portal and through Power Page Studio you can modify it.

It has also go Visual Studio integration (built in) and developers can open it and modify code and publish it.

It has other points as well, such as CDN and Fire Wall option (these settings are optional and admin can enable or disable from D365 side).

It has updated licensing model and also has pay as you go option.

As you can see, it comes with plenty of advantages.

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