Copilot Studio turns to AI-powered workflows

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Last time I looked at Copilot Studio, it was a way of extending the original Power Virtual Agents tools to incorporate generative AI and support more general conversational interactions. By using Azure OpenAI tools to work with additional data sources, Copilot Studio became a much more flexible tool with improved language understanding capabilities.

At Build 2024 Microsoft charted a new path for Power Platform’s AI capabilities, aligning them with the platform’s low code and no code development tools and adding support for Power Automate flows and connectors. It’s a big shift for the Power Platform, but one that takes advantage of Microsoft’s adoption of generative AI as a tool for building and running autonomous agents.

The new preview of Copilot Studio thus amounts to a complete refactoring of Power Platform’s AI strategy, evolving beyond chatbots to AI-orchestrated workflows. While chatbots are still supported, there is now much more to build in Copilot Studio’s web-based, no-code development canvas.

Putting the robot into RPA

At the heart of the new Copilot Studio is an improved understanding of how models like GPT 4.0 can work with structured interface descriptions, like those used by OpenAPI to dynamically generate requests and to parse and format responses using natural language.

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