PowerApps Portals for Dynamics 365
With the new licensing update for Portals in Dynamics 365 I am seeing mixed messaging from Microsoft. On the pricing page it says the cost is $200 for "100 daily logins", however the licensing guide states that the $200 for for 100 monthly logins... What is the correct interpretation?
Yes, it is confusing. I understood this to be 100 different users could login each day, per month.
100 logins per day, 30 day month = 3000 logins.
However, there are a few descriptions that conflict with each other.
This is from the Power Platform licensing guide (June 2020)
A login provides the authenticated user with access to a single portal for up to 24 hours.
Multiple logins during the 24-hour period count as 1 billable login.
Think of a login as a day pass to a single Power Apps Portal
And this from the same guide
Each unit provides 100 logins/month.
And, in the Offer Matrix available to CSP Partners, it says this
Power Apps Portals login capacity add-on
Each subscription includes 100 daily log ins by external users per month.
The right answer is 100 logins per month, with each login session lasting a maximum of 24 hours. Here's the FAQ page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/powerapps-flow-licensing-faq#portals
Yes, it's very misleading the way this is communicated on the marketing pages. Yes, it is indeed quite an expensive service to run.
Yes it very expensive, so much more expensive than actually buying an Enterprise license for the user. If the external user were to login to your portal at $2 on each day they did - say once a week = 52x $2 = $104 for the privilege. So if that user were just logging support / reviewing progress of orders - but the product does not have a good margin - then you are snookered. If there is no margin - e.g. just a service you offer your clients when they use your product - then you again are snookered.
For high volume scenarios there are some discounts - tier 3 pricing which brings it down, but to be competitive with alternative technology, it still has a way to go.
The only saving grace, it is quick to put up websites linked to Dynamics CE, and get the data straight into the database.