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The AI revolution: Supercharging low-code with the Power Platform community

Welcome to the second Microsoft Power Platform Conference! Since the first conference, there has been a seismic shift in how we build low-code solutions. With Copilot in Power Platform, we are now in the era of AI-assisted low-code development. As such, this year’s conference is focused on helping the Power Platform community maximize their use of AI.

With advanced AI enhancing low-code development, more than 126,000 organizations have experienced Copilot in Power Platform. These new copilot capabilities make it easier than ever to get started with Microsoft Power Platform, thereby democratizing development for an even wider audience.

Over the past year, as we’ve seen rapid growth in Microsoft Power Platform—our monthly active Power Platform community members has grown to more than 5.2 million. This expanding community will play a pivotal role in shaping Microsoft Power Platform’s AI-driven future. To further aid the community’s growth, I’m excited to announce advancements in copilot, incredible designer updates for Power Automate, and automated environment routing to accelerate maker onboarding.

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Drive organization-wide innovation with Copilot in Power Platform

New Copilot capabilities in Power Pages are making it much easier to build data-driven websites. With a few sentences and clicks, developers can use Copilot in Power Pages to create websites and multi-step forms.

Using natural language to describe the website they want to build, developers can tell Copilot in Power Pages to generate a sitemap and homepage with various layouts and site themes. They can further refine and modify the website using Copilot in the normal point-and-click design studio. Lastly, makers can effortlessly design and build intuitive multi-step forms with just a few words. The Copilot experience simplifies website creation into fewer steps, providing a significant productivity boost.

We have also evolved the Copilot control in Power Apps, enabling makers to fully customize their AI-assistants and extend their Copilot through Power Virtual Agents. For example, makers can now directly add websites and unstructured content to their Copilot control, in addition to structured data sources, exponentially boosting the capabilities of the embedded copilot. Every app can now have a powerful Copilot! This is possible due to the seamless integration of Copilot control with Power Virtual Agents’ generative actions.

Enable faster development with the new Power Automate flow designer

Together with improvements to next-generation AI in Power Automate, we’re fueling faster development by enabling Copilot by default and making the version three designer generally available.

Today, tens of thousands of users are using the new designer in public preview. They’re more satisfied with the authoring experience and are creating flows with Copilot that are 50 percent more likely to run in production than those built without AI assistance. Based on user feedback, we’ve further refined Copilot in Power Automate by expanding its ability to populate more parameters in the flows and actions it generates.

Streamline governance and security for your makers with automation in Managed Environments

We’re expanding on Managed Environments with a set of capabilities to help automate routing of makers to their own development environments, so people can easily get started with the full capabilities of the platform in a way that’s manageable at scale.

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Environment routing allows admins to automatically place makers in their dedicated developer environments rather than the shared default environment. This ensures that makers start building in a scalable and governable manner from the beginning. Once makers are ready to deploy a new or updated solution, they can securely push it to a production environment via Power Platform pipelines. Pipelines automate in-product application lifecycle management (ALM) and ensure IT is informed of upcoming deployments with approval workflows and GitHub-based auditing.

IT can go a step further by having Copilot generate deployment notes and descriptions of all applications in Managed Environments, ensuring compliance with security practices at scale. Lastly, advisor in Managed Environments offers proactive recommendations and inline actions, helping administrators stay ahead of security threats at scale.

Extending the Power Platform community

Last year at Microsoft Power Platform Conference (MPPC), we announced the Power Up program, a three-month guided curriculum with self-paced learning, hands-on labs, instructor-led sessions, and more to help citizen developers build key skills in low code to advance their careers. Building on the successful launch of the Power Up program, which attracted more than 22,000 participants from more than 180 countries, we are excited to announce our latest expansion. In response to community feedback and to promote collaborative learning, this year, we are introducing group learning opportunities.

But that’s not all—we have an exciting invitation. If you’re passionate about Microsoft Power Platform and eager to make a difference, we invite you to join our Super Users group. Super Users play a crucial role in enhancing our community by answering questions, creating educational content, and providing valuable support. In return, Super Users enjoy exclusive benefits, including access to monthly meetings with Microsoft and expert badges.

For those interested, please join the Power Up and Super User programs.

What’s next

Thank you to the community members, customers, and partners who joined us this year for the Microsoft Power Platform Conference! Please register for Microsoft Ignite, November 14–17, 2023 to learn about even more great new capabilities coming to the platform.

For those who wish to follow the Power Platform Conference remotely, please join the Power Platform LinkedIn Community.