Experimental features - Us longer data cache timeout and background refresh

After yesterdays post about preloading my Power Apps, today I found another feature related to performance in my newly created apps only.

Use longer data cache timeout and background refresh

When fetching data from SharePoint, Common Data Service, SQL Server, or other tabular data sources a 30 second cache is used to reduce network traffic. This experimental setting extends the cache timeout to 1 minute and refreshes in the background to improve the overall responsiveness of your app.

This feature is listed under experimental features however it is enabled by default when I create a new app. I’m not 100% sure if that is a great idea as the description of experimental features includes that it may disappear.

This is definitely a feature that needs further testing as it seems to affect the way my data is refreshed within an app.


By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using contact@veenstra.me.uk.

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