Say Goodbye to Coding: Microsoft Launches Power Platform Copilot

Microsoft Power Platform Copilot

As soon as OpenAI launched GPT-4, the net was abuzz with Microsoft, which is one of the biggest investors in ChatGPT’s parent company. Not for nothing, almost any 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 could be a very helpful assistant. A few days ago, on 16 March, Microsoft announced Power Platform Copilot. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, it allows devs to build apps with the help of 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. Devs can talk to GPT and describe the app they want to create. Copilot can then build it in seconds and suggest tips to improve it.

Power Apps

With Power Platform Copilot, all devs need to do is describe the app using simple natural language. Once that is done, Power Apps will build the app. By this, we mean that it will not only write code for the UI but also create the data table and business logic.

For instance, if a user tells Power Apps to “create a worker onboarding app, get new worker data and share training content and learning modules,” Copilot can create the app in one breach.

Microsoft Power Platform Copilot

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Users can also customize the app by interacting with Copilot, for instance, adding new columns to the data table or even filling the data table with sample data, and so on. Even if there are problems during the creation of the app, Copilot can suggest how to improve the app.

Power Automate

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.

With Power Automate Copilot, processes can be created using natural language no matter what complexity the requirements have. Also, Copilot can optimize and update the process in a dialogue-based manner.

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This allows users to create any process using natural language without any Power Automate expertise.

Microsoft Power Platform Copilot

Plus, 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 with website content, knowledge base and other data. This allows GPT to generate answers. This allows firms to connect bots to knowledge bases and Q&A knowledge bases of various products to provide Q&A support to customers.

Firms can even build a robot for internal use. For instance, it can provide common content queries for human resources based on current policies and terms, performance review and bonus policies, etc.

Now, through Power Virtual Agents Copilot, users can use natural language to describe the robot’s process. They only need to describe what they want the robot to do in a dialogue instead of creating it one by one as before.

There is also a small update to Power Virtual Agents, which means it can now be integrated into Power Apps.

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  1. March 18, 2023

    Microsoft is hyping AI to boost its stock. PERIOD.

    • March 19, 2023

      You basically can say that about any publicly traded company hyping their products.

      • March 21, 2023

        Except microsoft is full of it, anyone who has coded something more complicated than a hello world project knows this

  2. March 19, 2023

    Here’s the catch. It cannot build any app because it’s using data from the 2021 internet. For instance, Nextjs has compeltely changed how developers structure the development environment and how that data is pulled from a cms or api.

  3. March 19, 2023

    If this is like every other executive language ever created over the past 45 years when there’s a defect or minor enhancement wanted it will take longer to reverse engineer the generated code than it would to write it from scratch.

  4. March 19, 2023

    “Say Goodbye to Coding”

    That will never happen. Anyone who has written a line of code knows it.

    • March 19, 2023

      Can you elaborate. I have never coded so I have no idea I just know coding is very difficult if done well. What requires the human touch?

  5. March 19, 2023

    Don’t forget Nicholas Carr’s words from the nineties….Developers will become a commodity

    That has not happened either…Carr was such a genius from Harvard’s School of Business

    Same morons who gave us Jeffrey Skilling among others…

  6. March 19, 2023

    Okay, but who’s going to fix it when it fails to fix itself?

  7. March 20, 2023

    “Say goodbye to coding”

    Just wow. Humans writing code will NEVER go away. People said this exact same thing when DreamWeaver was released, “Say goodbye to coding”. Guess what we actually said goodbye to.

    You know who says “Say goodbye to coding”, or “ChatGPT is going to take jobs from programmers”, and hypes up this kind of stuff? People who have never written a line of code in their lives.

  8. March 21, 2023

    Not a chance it can turn out a usable app for complex projects, especially if it relies on chatGPT in any way. ChatGPT requires numerous corrections and follow up instructions to code relatively simple things. From my experience on average of around 10 corrections and refinements (when it actually succeeds) which was around 50% of the time, the other times it turned out wholly unusable and incorrect code….

  9. March 21, 2023
    this is great stuff but I'm interested since you mentioned in the article that it can be linked to the site, I'm wondering if I can link to my site
  10. March 23, 2023

    it is easy said than done coding is just terrible, i was hacked through that means and immediately i noticed that i ran to this man’s address which i have had since 2021 bohdanbohdan93 AT mail DOT ru . he was the one who helped me recover and terminate the activities of the target so i advice you just stay careful and aay from coding honestly

  11. March 23, 2023

    Power Apps is a great tool for very simple data collection on a very simple data model. I wish my job was that simple.