As soon as OpenAI launched GPT-4, the net was abuzz with Microsoft, one of the largest investors in ChatGPT’s parent company. It’s not for nothing that almost every new thing from OpenAI appears in Microsoft products, such as Bing search, Edge browser, Office 365, etc. We don’t know how long it will take for AI to replace office workers. But one thing is clear even now: it can be a very helpful assistant. A few days ago, on March 16, Microsoft announced Power Platform Copilot. In case you haven’t noticed, it allows developers to build apps using AI.
Copilot is a new feature of Microsoft Power Platform that can provide AI-powered assistance based on GPT in Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, and Power Automate. Developers can talk to GPT and describe the app they want to make. Copilot can then build it in seconds and suggest tips to improve it.
With Power Platform Copilot, developers only need to describe the app in simple, natural language. Once that’s done, Power Apps builds the app. By this we mean that it not only writes code for the user interface but also creates the data table and business logic.
For example, if a user tells Power Apps to “create an employee onboarding app, retrieve new employee data, and share training content and learning modules,” Copilot can create the app in one go.
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Users can also customize the app by interacting with Copilot, such as adding new columns to the data table or even populating the data table with sample data, and so on. Also, if there are problems while creating the app, Copilot can make suggestions to improve the app.
Not long ago, Power Automate announced that it could create automated processes using natural language. But at the time, these were simple processes requiring simple tasks.
Power Automate Copilot allows natural language processes to be created regardless of the complexity of the requirements. Copilot can also optimize and update the process in a dialogue-based manner.
This allows users to create any process using natural language without any Power Automate expertise.
In addition, users can also use the GPT model to generate text content on the Power Automate Desktop. The new Azure OpenAI service in AI Builder can now be used in Power Automate Desktop.
Power Virtual Agents
As with Power Virtual Agents, GPT support has already been added. Users only need to enter a website address to connect their Power Virtual Agents to website content, knowledge base, and other data. This allows GPT to generate responses. This allows companies to connect bots to knowledge bases and Q&A knowledge bases of different products to provide Q&A support to customers.
Companies can even build a robot for internal use. For example, it can provide general HR content questions based on current policies and terms, performance reviews and bonus policies, etc.
Now, through Power Virtual Agents Copilot, users can use natural language to describe the robot’s process. They just need to describe what they want the robot to do in a dialogue instead of creating it one by one like before.
There’s also a minor update to Power Virtual Agents, which means it now integrates with Power Apps.