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What is Power Platform Connector
Power Platform, a suite of tools from Microsoft, includes Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate (formerly Microsoft Flow), and Power Virtual Agents. It’s used for developing applications, automating workflows, and creating business intelligence dashboards.
A Power Platform connector is a proxy or a wrapper around an API (Application Programming Interface) that allows the underlying service to talk to Microsoft Power Platform in a more streamlined manner. In other words, it’s a bridge that connects the Power Platform with various data sources and services, both Microsoft-owned and third-party ones, making data and services accessible across the platform
For example, connectors can link Power Apps or Power Automate to Office 365, Dynamics 365, Azure, and even services like Twitter, Salesforce, or Google Drive, among others.
As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2022, there were over 1000 prebuilt connectors available in Power Platform. You can also create custom connectors when a prebuilt connector for the specific service you want to connect with isn’t available.
A connector simplifies access to data and actions on external systems by providing a user-friendly interface for developers, reducing the amount of coding and complexity involved in integrating external systems with Power Platform services