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Power Platform Weekly - Issue #121
Introducing Copilot for Power Apps, Power Automate and Power Virtual Agents!
Welcome to Power Platform Weekly!
Last week’s buzzword? COPILOT! See our Copilot dedicated chapter.
Have a great week and thanks for reading!
🤖🦾 Copilot in Power Platform
More Microsoft official blog posts and Microsoft Learn content:
Copilot related videos released last week:
Power Virtual Agents Copilot by Daniel Christian
Power Apps Copilot is here - Let's Get Hands On With It by April Dunnam
Copilot for Power Apps by Power CAT Live
Last week in #120 we mentioned the Microsoft event The Future of Work: Reinventing Productivity with AI. See the recording to hear from e.g. Satya Nadella, Jared Spataro and Charles Lamanna about Copilot.
Co-pilot is a wider concept than Copilot in Power Platform. To access all (Microsoft) resources gathered for Microsoft 365, navigate to Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot — your copilot for work.
👩💻Scott Durow created the Power Drag Drop PCF, which created a great way to easily drag and drop between collections. But Diana Birkelbach needed a little more like a “free style way” to drag and drop, being able to drop on a specific place inside her own PCF. Read to find out what she created.
🚀In this post, Jukka Niiranen explains the parts of the Power Platform user settings management story that are broken today. His intention is to spread awareness on issues that many app makers and admins may have ignored, and which their app end users may be suffering from.
🦸🏻♀️Every wondered what alternatives that exists to writing one giant Cloud Flow in Power Automate? David Wyatt gives a few examples of templates you can use to design your flows more efficiently.
🚀🦸🏻♀️ How to add and remove owners from a Power Automate flow with CLI Microsoft 365 by Luise Freese
🦸🏻♀️ Table Customization of Real-time Marketing Journeys by Megan V. Walker
🦸🏻♀️ Convert Speech to Text using OpenAI Whisper in Power Apps by Mohamed Ashiq Faleel
🚀 Power Platform | Extend your Environment strategy by data policies by Carsten Groth
🦸🏻♀️ Power Apps Custom Page Modal Dialog For Model-Driven Apps by Matthew Devaney
🚀 Simple Power Platform licensing mistakes to avoid by Alex Shlega
👩💻 In this episode of XrmToolCast, the hosts Daryl and Scott welcomed Kristine Kolodziejski, a Microsoft MVP and a Technical Architect, to talk about ChatGPT-3, Bing Chat, and other AI-powered tools. Kristine shared her experience using these tools to enhance personal productivity and save time.
The discussion began with talking about ChatGPT-3, an advanced natural language processing model developed by OpenAI. Kristine explained how ChatGPT-3 and other AI tools could be used to save us time and spend more time gaming or chilling on the beach. She also talked about some of the challenges and limitations of using AI-powered chatbots, such as the need for typing correct spelling or providing more context to get more detailed responses.
👩💻 How can the cloud help developer velocity? Carl and Richard talk to Bryan Foster about the complexities of modern software development - and how different cloud technologies can help move faster and not be afraid to break a few things along the way! Bryan talks about using Azure Deployment Environments to make it easy for developers to stand up resources for their apps - and just as quickly shut them down when done. This leads to a broader conversation around the governance of CI/CD pipelines and the role of the cloud, even to the point of using DevBox to have an entirely virtualized development environment!
🧭 This week on MS Refresh: It’s the Roadmap recap for March 2023. The Microsoft Loop app finally enters public preview later this month, Microsoft’s CEO is hosting a special “Future of Work with AI” live event this week, and first Yammer loses its name, is it now losing its Twitter account? All that and more. Subscribe to stay in the know. This is the MS Refresh Show.
📅 Events & Webinars
(📅 March 30th)
Power Community (formerly 365 Saturday) is back in Tel Aviv for the 2nd Dynamics Power conference on March 30th at the Microsoft Reactor.
(📅 April 28th-30th)
Establishing connection between people. As the rivers of Iberia established in the past and the evolution of technology does in the present, summit re-unites the Iberian community for better future.
(📅 May 19th-20th)
The Automation Summit 2023 will combine the Microsoft Power Automate & Power Apps Developer Bootcamp Live in London Paddington on 19th & 20th May 2023.
(📅 May 22nd-24th)
With 2500+ attendees, the European Collaboration Summit is the largest European conference focused on Modern Work and Microsoft 365, featuring topics such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Business Apps and Power Platform. It hosts high ranking Microsoft executives, program managers and architects as speakers, as well as numerous Microsoft Regional Directors and Microsoft MVPs. With 75+ sponsors and exhibitors year after year, it features the largest Microsoft 365 – related expo in the world.
(📅 May 22nd-24th)
An Awesome Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Community Conference. Where brilliant minds meet, mingle & share.
(📅 June 20th-22nd)
The 2nd European Power Platform Conference (EPPC) will take place in Dublin, Ireland from June 20 – 22nd 2023. The European Power Platform Conference brings together the Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Communities for 3 unrivalled days of in-person learning, connections, and inspiration.
(📅 June 22nd-24th)
The Dynamics 365 Community will be reunited on 22nd-24th of June in Brussels, Belgium for the Microsoft Customer Experience Summit.
(📅 August 5th)
This year Scottish Summit goes on tour! This year, the Scottish Summit will not take place in Scotland, but in Manchester! Don’t miss this event since it will be a must-attend event!
(📅 September 15th-16th)
The Manchester Cloud Engineering M365 Summit will combine Cyber Security, A.I., Azure & Microsoft 365 Bootcamps Live in Manchester on 15th & 16th September 2023.
(📅 September 23rd)
Nordic Summit will be taking place as an in-person event on the 23rd of September 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
(📅 October 3-5)
Get inspired by Microsoft’s senior thought leaders, software engineers, and community experts who are focused on uniting humanity and technology. You’ll also have the chance to hear from users that solve real business problems daily. Fantastic speakers are ready to share their insights on how to accelerate and transform your business with Power Platform.
💙 Out of the Blue
🤵🏻🦸🏻♀️👩💻 Copilot in Power Virtual Agents helps you create chatbot topics through natural language. Read more to see how you can take advantage of this.
🦸🏻♀️👩💻 Power Pages is now Generally Available (GA) in the US Government clouds. Government employees on GCC, GCC High and USDoD can now take advantage of Power Pages.
🤵🏻🦸🏻♀️👩💻 After almost 10 years, support for Windows 8.1 has ended on January 10, 2023. In line with this, Microsoft will stop support for Power BI Desktop on Windows 8.1 on January 31, 2024. After that, Power BI Desktop will only be supported on Windows 10 and newer. This and a lot of other news are available in this feature summary!
🤵🏻🦸🏻♀️👩💻 There is a new Power Pages experience for configuring list filters. This makes it easier to configure those in the design studio. Make sure to check out the blog!
🤵🏻🦸🏻♀️👩💻🚀 In October of 2022, the “describe it to design it” feature was announced where you can write a simple sentence and get a flow based on this description. Today, there are two more announcements on how Microsoft is bringing more intelligence throughout the Power Platform and Power Automate specifically: Copilot in Power Automate and create text with GPT in Power Automate – on the Desktop too!
Announcing a next-generation AI Copilot in Microsoft Power Apps that will transform low-code development
🤵🏻🦸🏻♀️👩💻🚀 Today, a next-generation AI Copilot in Microsoft Power Apps that will transform how we build and interact with software applications. With the power of large language models, we are advancing to the next step in the evolution of code abstraction—moving from custom code to low-code, to natural language authoring where human and machine work side by side to build applications together.
🦸🏻♀️👩💻🚀 It’s now possible with Power Apps Mobile for iOS to switch from your home tenant to the tenant where you are invited to as a guest.
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