Difference Between Canvas App And Model Driven App


In this article, you will learn the difference between Model-Driven Apps and Canvas Apps in the Power platform offered by Microsoft.
 Model-Driven Apps  Canvas App
Model-Driven Apps is an AppModule enabling users to design and develop component-focused apps to implement an end-to-end business process.
Canvas App is an AppModule enabling users to design and develop task-specific apps with designing flexibility.
To implement and develop Model-Driven Apps one needs,
  • The license of Dynamics 365 Product ( CE : Finance: Operations)
To implement and develop Canvas Apps one needs,
  • The license of Power Platform
  • Necessary Roles and Permission in Data Verse
Model-Driven Apps can connect and interact with only one data connector that is Data Verse.
Canvas Apps can connect and interact with over 350+ Connectors, empowering users to have more functionalities.
Logic implementation can be done in multiple ways including,
  • Business Rules
  • Workflows
  • Actions
  • Plugins
Logic implementation is app-specific and can be done through,
  • Excel-like formula and conditional checks
The design and view of App are governed by the components been utilized in the application.
Design of application is more user friendly and larger flexibility for the developer to cater to look and feel requirement.
Does not support version control, changes once done have to be rolled back by subsequent deployment.
Supports version control and changes once done can be reverted at any point through a simple click.
Can not be added or utilized in Microsoft Teams and specific to users of Dynamics.
Supports and can be used in Microsoft Teams with no efforts, within spec of seconds.
Does not have any specific feature to track the usage of the implemented app.
A feature offered by Microsoft which helps to track the usage of an app developed, offering avenues to improvise and make it more user friendly.