Get Started with Copilot on Microsoft Power Apps
Published Aug 24 2023 12:00 AM 18.9K Views
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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 

 

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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

 

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Step 3

Click on New

 

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Step 4

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

 

 

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

 

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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

 

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Developer environment in a Microsoft 365 Developer Account has limitation on the number of environments that can created, so please take notice of it. After creating the environment, I had an error message. I had to delete the environment that I was not using and start the process of recreating another developer environment.

 

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

 

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Step 6

Login into Power Apps

 

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Step 7

Change the environment to the newly created environment

Click on  Environment

 

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Step 8

Click on the newly created Environment

 

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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.

 

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Step 10

On the text boxt, enter 

 

 

Leave Management System

 

 

 

Wait for it to load

 

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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

 

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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:

 

 

Add the Performance Manager Column to the Table

 

 

Next, click on the icon 

 

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The new column, Performance Manager has been created. 

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Step 12

Click on Create app

 

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

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

 

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Thank you for reading 

 

Learning Resources

AI Copilot Overview

 

 

 

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