Microsoft is a leader in 2023 Forrester Wave Low-Code Platforms for Professional Developers

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We are honored to be named a leader in The Forrester Wave™ Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers Q2 2023.

The Forrester report acknowledges Microsoft’s “best-in-class features for AI development”, track record of innovation, and unique approach to unifying across professional and citizen development as key advantages, saying, “the vision for the platform as the universal development toolset for the whole spectrum of professional and citizen developers working together is credible and without equal.”

As the most widely adopted low-code platform, Power Platform is dramatically accelerating the pace of digital transformation by making it feasible to address the thousands of processes inside organizations that have traditionally been overlooked by custom software. We’re focused on continuing to lead the market in critical areas of process innovation, including:

Leading with AI. Our recent multi-billion-dollar investment in OpenAI underscores our focus on leading in AI-assisted low code, where we have exclusive early access to the world’s leading LLM innovator and have been shipping GPT models since 2021 (in addition to releasing a raft of new GPT-powered Copilot capabilities the last few months). Copilot in Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and Power Pages are all now in ungated public preview.

Accelerating the pace of process innovation for developers. Developers are at the center of our innovation strategy. Power Platform is the “next layer of abstraction” in the toolkit for professionals, offering the highest level of productivity by bringing together UX, data, and process automation in a single stack. Reusable components on the platform can be combined to build apps of any complexity and reduce the time from idea to application as well as the long-term cost of maintenance. 

Uniting business and technology through governance and collaboration. Power Platform not only makes professional developers more productive, but also enables a wider range of people to participate directly – from citizen developers to subject matter experts. Our rapid innovation in co-presence, real-time co-authoring, and Office-style commenting for low-code makers is made possible by our underlying tech in collaboration across Microsoft 365. And advancements such as 1-click integration with Synapse and on-demand generation of BI reports are great examples of our innovation in data. Surrounding all of this is our innovation in Managed Environments, which enables high-scale governance of low code across increasingly broad and diverse organizations. 

All of these innovations are built in close partnership with Power Platform developers. Our thriving digital communities, close-knit Customer Advisory Board, and MVPs, as well as world class user research help focus our wealth of innovative tech on the most impactful outcomes for developers. 

Last year, Satya Nadella said “Power Platform has become the leading business process automation and productivity suite for domain experts in every industry. Power Platform surpassed $2 billion in revenue over the past twelve months, up 72% year-over-year, making it one of the fastest growing businesses, at scale.” In the time since then, the platform has grown to over 30M monthly active users and shows no sign of slowing down. We are proud that Forrester has recognized our place as the low-code market leader for professional developers. 

Get your copy of the 2023 Forrester WaveTM report to learn more.