Microsoft´s “Copilot control”, which can be found in existing Microsoft apps such as Microsoft Edge and Office-apps, is a next-generation AI assistant that makers can add to their apps for end-users. It is an AI-powered experience for app users to get insights about the data in their apps through conversation in natural language. Makers can add this control to any app and choose what data it can answer questions about.
Microsoft aims to boost user productivity by incorporating advanced AI into a user-friendly interface. The primary function of Copilot is to offer users insights about their data in Power Apps, which are created with Microsoft Power Platform using a graphical software for writing low-code custom business applications. Users of Power Platform can integrate Copilot into their Power Apps, turning them into “intelligent apps”, as Microsoft puts it.
Beyond data analysis, Copilot for Power Apps facilitates user interaction by allowing communication with the app using text input. The feature is like having a virtual assistant guiding users through a Power App.
Copilot for Power Apps aims to improve app interaction by engaging users in meaningful conversations using natural language. The introduction of Copilot in model-driven apps is scheduled as part of the Monthly Channel release. This ensures that Copilot can adapt quickly based on user feedback, eliminating the need for users to wait for semi-annual updates.
Microsoft AI Copilot Integrations Everywhere
Since its debut, Microsoft has continued to expand its Copilot offerings across its suite of applications. In May 2023, the company brought AI Copilot to PowerBI, Power Pages, and Microsoft Fabric. That same month, Microsoft announced AI Copilot for SharePoint and OneDrive, further expanding the reach of its AI capabilities.
In March 2023, Microsoft 365 Copilot was brought to Viva Engage, Teams, and the core Office apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and in April 2023, Microsoft 365 Copilot was introduced to OneNote. The company also introduced PowerPoint Copilot, a ChatGPT-like AI that auto-generates presentations.
The expansion of Copilot capabilities across Microsoft's suite of applications is part of the company's broader strategy to leverage AI to improve productivity and efficiency. This strategy began with the introduction of GitHub Copilot in June 2022, which marked a significant step forward in Microsoft's AI journey. As Microsoft continues to expand its Copilot offerings, users can expect to see even more AI-driven features and capabilities in the future.