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M365 Changelog: PowerApps/PowerAutomate Retirement of Direct Links in the OneDrive for Business Connector

Petri Staff

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MC280012 -Updated August 26, 2021: Microsoft has updated this post for additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.

Note: This only applies to Direct links in PowerApps/PowerAutomate. Using the Direct Link option in PowerApps/PowerAutomate does not provide the same experience as other services as the Direct links created expire after a short period of time.

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The ‘Direct’ link option is being retired because rather than creating sharing links it creates file download links, which do not reflect the scope chosen by the user and may not be accessible after a short period of time.

If no users in your tenant are using the Direct Link option you can safely disregard this message.

Key points

  • Timing: Beginning September 25, 2021 Microsoft will start retiring the Direct Link option while using the ‘Create sharing link’ action in the OneDrive for Business connector in Power Apps and Power Automate
  • Control type: user control / admin control
  • Action: review, assess and update your apps and flows per the below directions

What you need to do to prepare:

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If you are currently using the Direct link option, you have until September 25, 2021 to fix your apps and flows. After that, the action will return an error message. In order to create a long-lived Sharing Link as intended, please select “View” or “Edit” as the Link Type rather than “Direct”.



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