Copilot Podcast: New Copilot Functions in Microsoft Fabric

Microsoft Copilot

In episode 40 of the “Copilot Podcast,” Aaron Back shares details on the new Copilot capabilities inside of Microsoft Fabric.

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

  • Data and AI: Data and AI are fundamentally linked, with AI relying on data to inform models and produce intelligent outputs, while also offering new capabilities to assist data professionals in fields like data engineering and analysis, as demonstrated by tools like Copilot.
  • Copilot and Fabric: Copilot is now generally available inside Microsoft Fabric, starting with Power BI. It’s enabled by default for eligible tenants, including various Fabric experiences like Data Factory and real-time intelligence, with a broader rollout expected in the coming weeks.
  • Power BI experience: The Power BI experience with Copilot now includes a “Copilot Power Data Overview” button as part of the Explore experience, providing summaries of semantic knowledge to aid in natural language processing and interpretation. Additionally, Copilot’s capabilities have expanded to answer data-driven questions using natural language, allowing for the creation of visualizations and reports. This feature is currently in preview.
  • Real-time intelligence: The Real-time Intelligence feature, currently in preview, allows users to explore real-time data with ease, starting with Power BI and KQL query language, translating natural language queries into executable QL queries. Additionally, the new AI skills of Copilot, also in preview, provide a conversational Q&A experience, enabling users to ask questions about data from selected sources without needing any configuration.

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