Your guide to Dynamics 365 and Power Platform at Microsoft Build

Microsoft Build is just around the corner! To help you make the most of the three-day digital event, we’ve rounded up some must-see sessions and speakers—more than two dozen technical sessions to help developers across roles and skill levels create amazing experiences with Microsoft Power Platform and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

First step: register today for Microsoft Build to create your own session schedule and stay up-to-date before the event. Then, sign in on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, starting at 8:00 AM Pacific Time to join in on the fun and learning. The packed line-up will stream to you live and on-demand, at no cost.

Why attend Microsoft Build?

Every year, thousands of people, from students to experienced app developers, converge at the event designed to provide you with action-ready skills to be a better developer. At this year’s Microsoft Build, you can:

  • Learn the tools and technologies that help you create solutions you can build today. Join Technical Sessions to get inspired and learn the essentials for developing solutions across Microsoft technologies. Keep reading for our list of “must-see” sessions below.
  • Meet the experts: Grab a chair at Table Topics for live discussions on camera, and in chat. Get inspired by community experts, learn best practices, and discover helpful resources with other attendees. Product Roundtables offer two-way discussions between you and our product teams to share insights that will help shape the future of the products you use. Get technical answers you need by scheduling a One-on-One Consultation with an expert.
  • Connect with the community: Even in a digital format, the event offers you great opportunities to engage with the global community of developers who share your role and interest. Plus, you’ll hear first-hand from engineers tips, tricks, and best practices to make the most of the digital tools you and your team use every day. Best of all, you can join the conversation now in the Microsoft Tech Community.

What to expect

Day 1 activities kick off on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, with pre-show content at 8:00 AM Pacific Time, followed by an incredible line-up of sessions and activities. If you want to build your skills by developing amazing experiences with Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, be sure to add the sessions below to your schedule.

Note: All times listed are for Tuesday. See the full line-up for rebroadcast times and on-demand availability.

Opening keynote presented by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Pacific Time

Join Satya Nadella and other Microsoft executives for an overview of the latest tools and platforms for developers to create productive solutions for hybrid work.

Technical Sessions

9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Pacific Time

Dive deeper into the headlines from the Keynote. Five different 30-minute Technical Sessions provide an overview of critical topics based on your current role, and interest–with live Q&A. The three Technical Sessions below feature topics related to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365.

Build differentiated vertical SaaS apps with Microsoft cloud

Debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time. See all session times.

Learn how to quickly build modern SaaS apps in the cloud with Microsoft Power Platform, Dynamics 365, Azure, and Teams. Charles Lamanna, Corporate Vice President, Low Code Application Platform will share you can leverage the industry-specific components of Microsoft’s industry clouds to move faster and stay focused on the unique challenges in your industry.

Increase Developer Velocity with Microsoft’s end-to-end developer platform

Debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time. See all session times.

Learn how to empower developers in every organization to build productively, collaborate globally and securely, and scale innovation with Visual Studio, Power Apps, GitHub, and Azure.

Harness the power of data in your applications with Azure

Debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time

When it comes to empowering all developers to build intelligent applications that harness the power of data, Azure has their back. Join Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Data, as he demonstrates the latest innovations in Azure’s database services. Learn how Azure’s databases offer limitless scale, choice, and possibilities and see why it is easier and more cost-effective for developers to innovate in Azure than ever before.

Build the next generation of collaborative apps for hybrid work

Debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Hybrid work is here to stay and driving better collaboration is top of mind for everyone. The needs of the hybrid worker are centered around collaborating with colleagues and reimaging business processes and require a new class of collaborative apps to help get work done. Join us to hear the latest on Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Graph, and Windows and how you can use these new tools and surfaces to build the next generation of productivity and collaboration experiences for hybrid work.


9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Pacific Time

Take a deeper dive into topics that matter most to you. Be sure to add the sessions below to your schedule to learn valuable skills, techniques, and resources to develop exceptional experiences for Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365.

Building Low Code Vertical Apps using Microsoft Power Platform

Debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Pacific Time. See session details for alternate times.

Software as a Service (SaaS) is the new, dominant delivery model for new applications, especially as remote work has increased. This model can and has been, effective across many industries including financial services, retail, and more. This session will cover how low code and SaaS on the Microsoft cloud can help improve the customer experience across a wide range of industries, all using Microsoft cloud.

Microsoft Power Platform is the best way for teams to build together

Debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time. See session details for alternate times.

All developers can now collaborate to develop Microsoft Power Platform solutions together at speed, with the addition of pro dev tools and functionality from VS code extensions to distributed connectors. Learn how Power Fx and an enhanced Power Apps maker experience empower developers to build apps together more easily and efficiently, for a streamlined connected, and unified end-to-end experience for all makers.

Scale, analyze and govern Dynamics 365 application data with Azure

Debuts Wednesday, May 26 at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific Time. See session details for alternate times.

Power Apps, Power Automate, and Dynamics 365 allow developers to quickly create business applications that generate immense amounts of data. In this session, we’ll show how to gain insights from this data with Azure Synapse and Power BI. We’ll also show how Azure Purview allows organizations to discover and govern data assets across their organization.

What’s new for Windows desktop application development

Debuts Wednesday, May 26 at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Pacific Time. See session details for alternate times.

Tap into the full power of a Windows PC with your desktop applications. See how we’re unifying the developer platform through Project Reunion, enabling you to modernize without rewriting. You’ll also learn about our work on WinUI (the native UI stack in Windows), Win32, .NET apps, and more. For enterprise developers and ISVs targeting Windows, this is the tech you need to know.

Understand the ML process and embed models into apps

Debuts Wednesday, May 26 at 12:00 PM to12:30 PM Pacific Time. See session details for alternate times.

Machine Learning is becoming an important workload, and developers are increasingly being tasked with moving the models to production. In this session we’ll walk you through the process of building machine learning models and show you how Azure ML enables tools like VS Code, to build ML models. More importantly, we’ll discuss how you can augment your data science teams to operationalize these machine learning models within your apps and incorporate the right DevOps practices for machine learning, often referred to as MLOps.

Empowering developers with powerful tooling and enabling frictionless app adoption on Teams

Debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Pacific Time. See session details for alternate times.

Learn about the new developer tools available to you that will make building apps on Microsoft Teams simpler, including how one organization used Teams and Microsoft Power Platform to build customized solutions. We’ll cover how these new tools allow you to easily build, test, host, publish and manage apps. Speak to how admins can help increase adoption of your app. And how we’ve now provided new experiences and mechanisms for users to discover and purchase your app.

On-demand Sessions

Watch these pre-recorded sessions any time for insights, best practices, and tips to develop great experiences using Microsoft Power Platform and related technologies.

Power BI for BI pros and Data Engineers

In this session, we will discuss how Power BI can help you build enterprise-scale analytics solutions that meet your governance needs. We will discuss how to easily leverage investments in big data with native connections to data warehouses and data lakes, simplify ETL, apply machine learning, and scale for the largest datasets in the organization, without compromising performance or security.

Power Fx: the Programming Language for Low Code and what it means for Developers

Launched earlier this year, Power Fx is the open-source, Excel-based programming language at the heart of Power Apps and extending across Microsoft Power Platform. What does Power Fx mean for developers working with low-code tools, and where is it going next? Join the architects leading this language effort for a deep dive on what’s possible today and what’s coming soon.

Process Advisor helps devs build the right solutions the right way

There can be an overwhelming number of requests to developers to build solutions in your organization. Learn how to leverage Process Advisor to better understand what tasks that people in your organization are doing—and analyze exactly how those processes work.

Dataverse for Developers

Dataverse brings together the world of data and events to build enterprise line-of-business applications. In this session, we’ll dig into what this means for professional developers, and how you can consume the Dataverse WebAPIs, implement pipeline-based custom business logic, consume Dataverse Events in Azure, mine Dataverse Data in Azure Synapse, and more.

Embed actionable analytics everywhere with Power BI Embedded

In this session, we will demonstrate how to use the Power BI embedded analytics playground, a tool built by developers for developers to explore everything that Power BI embedded analytics has to offer. Get hands-on coding experience in the developer sandbox using a sample report or bring your own report, discover and interact with Power BI client APIs, get inspired how to apply the latest Power BI features to your applications and familiarize yourself with the latest capabilities, tutorials, and documentation. You will also see a demo of our new and exciting Power BI client for Jupyter notebooks.

Expanding Power Automate with DocuSign

Learn all about the DocuSign Connector in Power Automate, how to use it, and how to easily connect to the DocuSign API to take its abilities even further.

Extend your Power Virtual Agents with Bot Framework Composer

Enhance your Power Virtual Agents bot by developing custom dialogs with Bot Framework Composer and publishing them directly to your Power Virtual Agents bot. In this session, we will use Composer to extend your Power Virtual Agents bot with Bot Framework functionality, including Adaptive dialogs, Language Generation (LG), and Adaptive Cards.

Don’t miss these expert-led discussions

Table Talk: Low-code – The unlikely Developer superpower

Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Join our Table Topic where no-coders and pro-coders gather to discuss how low-code enables you to work smarter. What can no-coders do now that they couldn’t do before? What type of work can the developers focus on today, and why is that better for everyone?

Table Talk: Less Code More Power to Students

Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM Pacific Time

Join our Table Topic to learn how we, as students, embrace low code. From making it a career to using it in our project (that acts as a solution to real-life issues). We discuss looking beyond traditional code in order to make an impact with technology, upskilling on low code, and building a career with it.

Learn Live session: Fusion Development 101: Professional Developer Essentials

Wednesday, May 26 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Pacific Time

Fusion development allows your business to build better applications, faster by bringing together professional developers with citizen, or low-code, developers. In this Learn Live session, learn how a fusion development team functions, low-code concepts for professional developers, and how a professional developer can enable their citizen developer counterparts to build Power Apps applications using pro-code tools like JavaScript, ASP.NET Core web APIs, and Azure API.

Ask the Experts: A developers Guide to Embedded Analytics using Power BI Embedded in Azure

Thursday, May 27 at 4:00 AM to 4:30 AM Pacific Time

Join the Power BI Embedded Analytics product team to ask questions related to everything Power BI embedded related, as well as any new and coming features and tools, such as the new Power BI Embedded Playground for developers, Power BI client for Jupyter notebooks, and more. Be sure to watch the on-demand session, “Embed actionable analytics everywhere with Power BI Embedded.”

Ask the Experts: Microsoft Power Platform and the FSI Customer View App

Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 AM to 6:30 AM Pacific Time

Learn more about the FSI Customer View app and discuss how to develop with Microsoft Power Platform with the team who brought you the application in this informative and interactive session.

Get ready to learn, connect and code

Register for Microsoft Build and start mapping out your event schedule today. We’re excited to connect with the community and share the very latest tools, resources, and best practices at this year’s event. We hope you’ll join us!