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