Get Started with Copilot on Microsoft Power Apps

8/29/2023


Copilot is an AI feature that allows you describe what you need in plain English. In Microsoft Power Apps, this gives you the opportunity to describe what type of app you need and what data the app should collect. Copilot builds a responsive Canvas Apps application and through the processing of building, it creates a Dataverse Table with columns and populated sample data. An environment deployed in the United States region and English language (United States) is required to use Copilot in your Power Apps Environment.

In this blog post, I will be showing you how to create a new environment deployed in the United States region and how to create a Leave Management Application using Copilot. For this blog post I am using a Microsoft 365 Developer Account which is free.

Step by Step Process

Create an environment and deploy the environment in United States

Step 1: Login into Power Platform Admin center

Step 2: At the left hand side, click on Environment

Step 3: Click on New

Step 4: After clicking on New, at the right hand side, Enter the name of the Environment on Name 

  • Select United States as the region 
  • This step is a little tricky here, turn on Add a Dataverse data store 
  • Select Developer on Environment 
  • Click on Next

Step 5: After clicking on Next 

  • Language selected should be English Language (United States) 
  • On currency, select the currency you need. 
  • Turn on Deploy sample apps and data? to Yes
  • Click on Save

Developer environment in a Microsoft 365 Developer Account has limitation on the number of environments that can created, so please take notice of it.

Let’s continue, after clicking on Save. Wait for a few minutes for the state of the new Environment to change to Ready

Step 6: Login into Power Apps

Step 7: Change the environment to the newly created environment. Click on Environment

Step 8: Click on the newly created Environment

Step 9: You can easily use the options given to create your Application and have the experience of how it works. 

But here we will be creating a Leave Management System Application.

Step 10: On the text boxt, enter 

Wait for it to load

Copilot creates a Leave Management System Dataverse Table with columns and a few populated data in the columns. 

Column that has been created 

  • ID
  • Name 
  • Leave Type 
  • Start Date 
  • End Date 
  • Status
  • Reason 
  • Comment

Let’s go ahead and create a new column by asking Copilot

Step 11: On the chat at the right hand side, describe the column you want added to the Dataverse Table

Here I used:

Next, click on the icon 

The new column, Performance Manager has been created. 

Step 12: Click on Create app

This creates a responsive Canvas apps application that has a Form and Gallery on the same screen. 

This video shows where you can enter the new data, edit the already existing data and delete the data. 

 

Source: techcommunity.microsoft.com