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At its virtual “Future of Work” event, Microsoft announced the introduction of an AI copilot for Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, and Power Automate. Microsoft is fully committed to using the “copilot” metaphor across all its products. The concept behind this is to use AI to make using these tools for building line-of-business apps, flows, and bots even easier by allowing users to use natural language to describe what they want to build.
Microsoft’s corporate VP announced that “With Copilot, Microsoft Power Platform is bringing AI-powered assistance into Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, and Power Automate,” He added that “Makers now have a live in-studio copilot that helps them build solutions and provides suggestions for improvement. To build an app, flow, or bot, you can describe it using natural language and the copilot can build it in seconds. It is that easy.”
This all happening because of Bing and Open AI’s newly launched AI-powered service ChatGPT. You can command the bot into a chat sidebar.
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Users can now specify phrases like “Create a time and expense application to allow my employees to submit their time and expense reports” in Power Apps, the primary low-code tool of the Power Platform, and it will produce this app for them. However, in addition to creating these user interfaces and integrations with a business’s data sources, the Copilot can also assist users in data analysis and visualization.
Given that Power Virtual Agents is a component of the same platform and receives comparable updates, it may not come as a surprise that it has now been more thoroughly incorporated into Power Apps, enabling these developers to add a chatbot more easily to their applications.
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The process is essentially the same when using Power Automate, Microsoft’s workflow automation tool, but the company claims that during its preview period, customers noticed a 50% reduction in the time required to develop a Power Automate workflow.
Because the service is integrated with a GPT model, users will now be able to use Power Automate to also generate text automatically or have the tool summarize existing documents. This is one useful feature worth highlighting.
Microsoft currently refers to these features as “experimental previews powered by Azure OpenAI Service with GPT” and cautions that they are not intended for use in production. While most users are still likely to use them in production, at least Microsoft can claim that it forewarned users when their automated daily content update went awry.