Power Apps.

Power Apps is investing in several areas as part of the Microsoft Power Platform 2023 release wave 2:

  • Copilot for makers and users brings the power of AI and natural language to build apps faster and bring AI to your own apps to enable users to reason and gain insights from data.
  • Building Modern apps quickly and easily using modern controls, simplified responsive layouts, and collaboration capabilities for users.
  • Enable enterprise scale for makers and admins to build and scale apps across the entire organisation with improved guardrails, and tools to ensure greater quality.

Useful upcoming functions:

  • Makers can use Copilot as a virtual consultant across Power Apps.
  • Generate useful deployment notes with AI in pipelines.
  • Use Copilot to build and edit apps in Power Apps Studio.
  • Enjoy the new look and feel of model-driven Power Apps.

Overview of Power Apps 2023 release wave 2 | Microsoft Learn

 

Power Virtual Agents.

For the 2023 release wave 2, Microsoft are investing heavily in recent advancements in natural language understanding (NLU) and large-language model (LLM) AI technology. This wave delivers additions that will make your bots easier to create and more useful across a wider range of chatbot usage scenarios.

The generative answers capability in Power Virtual Agents lets you specify existing internal and external sources that a bot can use to answers a bot user's questions. The capability uses AI to intelligently create fully conversational responses to your bot users' queries - without your bot makers first needing to manually create individual topics for every eventuality.

In this wave, Microsoft are adding the following as sources that your bot can use to gather information:

  • Content stored on SharePoint sites.
  • Content stored in Microsoft Dataverse

These sources will only generate answers from information that the bot user also has access to.

Overview of Power Virtual Agents 2023 release wave 2 | Microsoft Learn

 

Business Central.

  • Adapt faster with Microsoft Power Platform: It's easier to set up workflows in Business Central. Microsoft are delivering templates that support more scenarios out of the box, so that you can automate more processes to be more productive. Additionally, you can consume business events with the Business Central Power Automate connector.
  • Country and regional: Microsoft have expanded the global availability of the service. Business Central is now available in more than 130 countries and regions.
  • Development: Microsoft have moved entirely to Visual Studio Code.
  • Governance and admin: Business Central delivers a set of additional self-service features to help administrators manage more granular administrative rights.
  • Legislation: This release offers new audit formats for digital reporting, and better support for e-invoicing and local legislation.
  • Reporting and data analysis: Microsoft are adding more capabilities to Analysis mode, enriching reports, and an overview that lets you explore all reports in Business Central.

Overview of Dynamics 365 Business Central 2023 release wave 2 | Microsoft Learn

 

Azure Compute Reservations.

 

Microsoft announced in October 2022 that Azure compute Reservations purchased on or after 1st January 2024 would no longer be able to be exchanged.

Microsoft have now introduced a grace period meaning that customers have at least until 1st July 2024 to exchange their Reservations for Azure Dedicated Host, Azure App Services, and Reserved Instances.

Check out the link below for some useful example scenarios.

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cost-management-billing/reservations/reservation-exchange-policy-changes

 

Microsoft 365 Copilot.

 

Microsoft 365 Copilot is now GA for Enterprise Agreement customers at $30 (RRP) per user per month with a minimum purchase of 300 seats.

Details on CSP channel availability will be shared in the coming months. In order to be Copilot ready, you will need to be on the prerequisite SKUs (Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 for commercial customers and Microsoft 365 Business Premium or Business Standard for SMBs) and ensure you have the right data governance policies in place.

Microsoft Copilot, Bing Chat Enterprise, and Windows 11 Announcements (bechtle.com)

 

Microsoft Technology Videos.

For Bechtle UK Microsoft CSP, we work closely with the team at Westcoast Cloud, who are a distribution partner with decades of experience in the industry. Rio Hindle at Westcoast Cloud has developed a series of videos to showcase his experience of adopting cloud technologies through Microsoft. Check out the useful 'how to' videos using the link below.

  • How to reset MFA
  • Microsoft Secure Score
  • Conditional Access policies

And much more...

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