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Model-Driven Apps vs. Canvas Apps for Customized Business Solutions


The Microsoft Power Platform consists of two application kinds called Model-Driven Apps and Canvas Apps that enable users to construct unique business solutions without requiring a lot of technical knowledge. Let us examine each one’s introduction.

Model Driven App

Model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 are a kind of Microsoft Power Platform application development methodology that enables users to create unique business applications swiftly. These programs are made to offer a customized user experience and expedite company procedures. Managing customer interactions, sales, and service processes.

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Key Features in Model-Driven Apps

  1. Microsoft Dataverse: Data utilized by business applications can be safely managed and stored with Dataverse. Dataverse’s standard and bespoke tables offer a safe, cloud-based storage solution for your information. Recognize the benefits Microsoft Dataverse can offer your company.
  2. Drag-and-Drop App Design: A drag-and-drop interface allows users to customize the application’s user interface. This involves creating dashboards, charts, forms, and views without much coding. We can add entities to the user interface using a sitemap.
  3. Pre-Built Modules: In Model-driven apps, a few modules are already inbuilt, like sales, customer service, marketing, Field service, etc
  4. Unified User Interface: The apps provide a unified and consistent user interface, making it easier for users to navigate and interact with the application. This consistency enhances the user experience and reduces the learning curve.
  5. Business logic and process: Business logic can be defined using a low-code/no-code approach. This includes setting up business rules, workflows, and processes to automate various tasks and ensure the application behaves according to the organization’s requirements.
  6. Security Model: The model is a strong security feature of model-driven apps. Limit user access to data and functionality and ensure that users only view and interact with the information. Based on the security role, the user can access the data.
  7. Data Types

Different data types in Model-driven Apps.

  • Single Line Text: This data type is used only for short length names and addresses. It allows both letters and numbers.
  • Multiline Text: It allows longer text like paragraphs,
  • Option set: Option sets, also called picklists or dropdowns, are used in fields where users can select one or more values from a predetermined list of possibilities.
  • Whole Number: It allows the storage of numbers without decimal points.
  • Floating Point Number: This data type will be used for fields requiring decimal values, like currency or percentage.
  • Data and time: This data type field is used when the date and time are required.
  • Lookup: It allows the user to associate a record with another record in a different table.
  • Boolean: It Represents when we require a yes or no option.
  • Currency: Specifically designed for storing currency values. It ensures consistency in the formatting and handling of monetary data.
  • Decimal Number: Like floating numbers, it allows more precision in handling decimals.
  • Whole Number: It allows to store only numbers without decimal points.
  • Image: Allows the storage of images or pictures within a record.
  • Auto Number: Automatically generates a unique identifier for each record.

Canvas Apps

Applications are canvas applications that let users design and modify an application’s user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) by dragging and dropping components onto a blank canvas. Various UI controls, such as buttons, text boxes, photos, and other interactive components, can be a part of these elements. Canvas apps are frequently linked to low-code or no-code development platforms, enabling users to construct customized and functioning applications without programming knowledge.

Key features in Canvas Apps

  1. Drag-and-Drop Interface: Users can easily add and arrange UI elements on a visual canvas, eliminating the need for manual coding.
  2. Visual programming: A visual programming approach is frequently used to create logic and functionality, allowing users to define actions and behaviors by configuring attributes and settings.
  3. Customization: Important levels of customization are possible with canvas programs, allowing users to modify how the program behaves and looks to suit their unique requirements.
  4. Gallery: A gallery connected to a data source displays a set of records or items from that source. The data source could be a database, a collection, or an external service.
  5. Integration: canvas app platforms provide connectors for various data sources, services, Ike Excel, and Dataverse.
  6. Screen Size: The canvas apps allow the screen size to change depending on the requirement.
  7. Templates: When we talk about templates with canvas apps, we usually mean pre-made frameworks or designs that you can use to develop your application. By offering a foundation with standard layouts, controls, and functionality already in place, these templates can help you save time and effort.
  8. Connectors: The canvas app can more easily share actions and data with other systems by connecting to external services and apps through integration connectors, which are frequently accessible.
  9. Form Controls: Forms are frequently used for data collection and visualization. Develop data entry forms and canvas apps, including form controls for dropdown menus, input fields, and other components.
  10. Variables: In canvas applications, variables can have a local or global scope. Local variables are restricted to the screen or context in which they are defined, but global variables are accessible across the application.
  • Data Types: In canvas apps, variables can store various kinds of data, including text, dates, numbers, and records.
  1. Collections: Sometimes, collections create temporary copies of data sources or store global variables. Formulas that automatically recalculate while a user interacts with an application are the foundation of canvas apps.


The requirements and preferences of the user or development team determine which of the Microsoft Power Platform’s Model-Driven Apps and Canvas Apps to choose. Model-driven apps offer a standardized, systematic approach to application development; they work best when data models and business processes are clearly defined. Its unified user interface, adaptable design, and drag-and-drop interface make it an excellent option for simplifying intricate business processes.

On the other hand, Canvas Apps are designed for people who want a great degree of customization and creativity in creating the user interface and user experience. They provide a more flexible and visually driven development experience. The drag-and-drop interface, visual programming, and many customization options make it the perfect choice for applications where the design and user interaction are important.

Drop a query if you have any questions regarding Canvas Apps and we will get back to you quickly.

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1. How is a model-driven app different from canvas apps?

ANS: – The canvas apps allow more flexibility and customization with a blank canvas. Model-driven apps are more structured and are based on existing data models. Model-driven apps are typically used when you have a clear data model and business processes you want to follow.

2. How can we integrate model-driven apps with other Microsoft Services?

ANS: – Combining model-driven applications with other Microsoft 365 services like Power Automate, Power BI, and SharePoint is simple.

WRITTEN BY Dadi RajKumar



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