What is Microsoft Dataverse?

Microsoft Dataverse is a low-code platform that allows organisations to quickly develop and roll out custom apps and chatbots, using Power Apps and Power Virtual Agents.


From November 2020 Common Data Service, the underlying platform for Dynamics 365 has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse and Some terminology in Dataverse has been updated.


Dataverse lets you securely store and manage data that's used by business applications. Data within Dataverse is stored within a set of tables. A table is a set of rows (formerly referred to as records) and columns (formerly referred to as fields/attributes). Each column in the table is designed to store a certain type of data, for example, name, age, salary, and so on. Dataverse includes a base set of standard tables that cover typical scenarios, but you can also create custom tables specific to your organization and populate them with data by using Power Query. App makers can then use Power Apps to build rich applications that use this data.


Previous Naming

New Naming

Entity, Entities

Table, Tables

Field, Fields, Attribute, Attributes

Column, Columns

Record, Records

Row, Rows

Option set, Multi select option sets, Picklist, Picklists

Choice, Choices

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What is Microsoft Dataverse for Teams?

The Common Data Service name changed as part of Microsoft’s bigger plans to introduce the power of Dataverse. One key change is the introduction of Microsoft Dataverse for Teams, which was announced as generally available in November. Dataverse for Teams enables Microsoft Teams users to access a subset of the powerful Dataverse capabilities at no extra cost. It gives Teams users access to a suite of embedded Power Platform tools, making it even easier for users to build low-code apps, automate business processes and deploy chatbots without leaving the Teams application.

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