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Microsoft Power Platform update aims to put AI in reach of business users – TechCrunch

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Low code and no code are the latest industry buzzwords, but if vendors can truly abstract away the complexity of difficult tasks like building machine learning models, it could help mainstream technologies that are currently out of reach of most business users. That's precisely what Microsoft is aiming to do with its latest Power Platform announcements today. The company tried to bring that low-code simplicity to building applications last year when it announced PowerApps. Now it believes by combining PowerApps with Microsoft Flow and its new AI Builder tool, it can allow folks building apps with PowerApps to add a layer of intelligence very quickly. It starts with having access to data sources, and the Data Connector tool gives users access to more than 250 data connectors.


Microsoft Power Platform update aims to put AI in reach of business users

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Low code and no code are the latest industry buzzwords, but if vendors can truly abstract away the complexity of difficult tasks like building machine learning models, it could help mainstream technologies that are currently out of reach of most business users. That's precisely what Microsoft is aiming to do with its latest Power Platform announcements today. The company tried to bring that low-code simplicity to building applications last year when it announced PowerApps. Now it believes by combining PowerApps with Microsoft Flow and its new AI Builder tool, it can allow folks building apps with PowerApps to add a layer of intelligence very quickly. It starts with having access to data sources, and the Data Connector tool gives users access to more than 250 data connectors.


Curtain Raising: Power Fx Low-code Programming Language by Microsoft

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In the recent 20 years, the types of devices and technologies available to companies have soared. Subsequently, IT teams are done overseeing homogeneous stacks, yet different, complex environments. Also, as those environments have developed, so too has IT. The speed of the digital transformation previously fostered by the growth of the public cloud, demands definitely more services and applications at a speed a lot quicker than developers can write and code. These services should be versatile, scalable and secure and improve effectiveness and lessen reliance simply on developers.


Microsoft debuts new AI capabilities in Power BI, makes PowerApps portals generally available

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It was only a few weeks ago that Microsoft announced enhancements heading to Power BI and PowerApps, its no-code business analytics service and web apps design platforms, respectively. But that didn't stop it from unveiling yet another set of features during the Microsoft Business Applications Summit in Atlanta, Georgia this week, where the company took the wraps off a new look for Power BI and improvements in Microsoft Flow, a service which lets users create rule-based workflows that automatically trigger actions, along with improvements in Power BI and PowerApps. "We are getting tremendous feedback and energy from our customers and developers. That feedback helps us develop products that are tailored to their needs," said Microsoft corporate vice president James Phillips. "From there we get to see them innovate and thrive. It's been amazing to see us growing across the board, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing our customers, partners, and developers in action."


Microsoft is teaching AI to write apps for you

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Microsoft is using the power of GPT-3's natural language AI to help people who don't know how to code write their own software using Microsoft's PowerApps development platform. The announcement was made at Microsoft's Build developer conference today. Microsoft has hoped that PowerApps would become a powerful corollary to its Office suite, but the platform has languished a bit. Microsoft originally set up PowerApps in 2015 around a set of programming templates, pulling data from user-defined sources and then outputting results. Think of it like the next level of a traditional macro in Microsoft Office--it's a way for an average user to write a program to instruct Windows to perform a task, but with minimal or no knowledge of program coding.