Copilot Podcast: New Copilot Capabilities in Power Platform Announced at Microsoft Build

Microsoft Copilot

In episode 41 of the “Copilot Podcast,” Aaron Back shares details on the new Copilot capabilities inside of Power Platform based on the announcements given at Microsoft Build 2024.

This episode is sponsored by three upcoming community events: the AI Copilot Digital Summit taking place on August 22, the Copilot AI Summit Preconference taking place on October 13 in San Antonio, Texas, and the AI Copilot Summit NA, taking place in March 2025 in San Diego, California.

Key Takeaways

  • Power Platform and Copilot: Over the years, user adoption of the Power Platform has surged, leading to a wealth of creative applications, insights, and analytics. Specifically, enhancements to Power Automate as a result of Copilot were announced at Microsoft Build 2024.
  • AI capabilities in Power Automate: New AI flows have shifted from rule-based to AI-based automation, allowing for adaptive, outcome-oriented processes. The new AI Recorder feature enables the development of robotic processing automation (RPA) through screen sharing and voice coaching. These AI solutions are currently only available in the early access program.
  • Copilot connectors: New Copilot connectors represent a significant enhancement for developers, enabling them to link business and collaboration data to their copilots through more than 1,400 Power Platform, Microsoft Graph, and Power Query connectors. These connectors facilitate the integration of various data sources and will soon allow developers to publish custom copilots as Copilot extensions, which are soon expected to be available in Copilot Studio.
  • Power Fx and Copilot: Power BI and Power Apps are now more accessible with the integration of Power Fx, a coding language within the Power Platform, and Copilot’s ability to create and interpret it. Copilot acts as an assistant in Power Apps, explaining formulas and suggesting them based on natural language comments. Additionally, new admin capabilities are being introduced to manage the expansive Copilot features across the platform, including a Copilot help preview for governance and insights.

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