Microsoft has officially announced the commercial release of Copilot in Power Apps. The AI-enhanced tool, designed to help application builders, is now accessible after being previously released as a preview earlier in the year, a move that attracted the attention of more than 126,000 organizations which initiated the use of Copilot across the Power Platform.
A Boost for User-Friendly App Development
Developed with security concerns at the forefront, Microsoft ensures that the AI-driven tool, Copilot in Power Apps, solely accesses an organization's data and information on a local basis. There is no intermingling of data with the vast language model used by Copilot. The tool aids in creating and importing data tables, designing app screens, and publishing and sharing apps. Furthermore, it even extends support by making suggestions and offering relevant developer's tips. The intention behind this sophisticated tool is to facilitate app development projects and expedite the process of building apps over data from Excel, according to Microsoft.
Availability and Accessibility Concerns
Copilot in Power Apps is currently available to users in the United States and Switzerland, but only in English. The tool can also be accessed by users in other countries, provided they give consent to sharing data across geographical boundaries. The process to disable Copilot, if desired, can be found in the Power Platform Admin Center portal documentation provided by Microsoft. While Microsoft announced that all makers can avail of Copilot regardless of license, no specific details were revealed regarding the licensing aspect.
Expansion of Copilot: A Company Wide AI Tool
The full arrival of Copilot on Power Apps is the latest expansion of Microsoft's AI tool, which has previously launched as GitHub Copilot, Microsoft 365 Copilot, Dynamics 365 Copilot, and Windows Copilot. Earlier this week, Copilot was introduced on Microsoft's OneNote app. Last month, Microsoft integrated Microsoft 365 Copilot, Windows Copilot, and the Bing Chat AI search engine into a single AI tool known as Microsoft Copilot.
The feature brings over 150 new features, integrating AI-powered experiences into apps like Paint, Photos, and Clipchamp. Bing will also see enhancements, including support for OpenAI's DALL.E 3 model and a revamped AI-powered shopping experience. Enterprise customers will have general availability of Microsoft 365 Copilot on November 1, 2023.