Microsoft announces new features for Power Platform at Ignite 2019

Pip Milburn
Categories: Business Transformation Cloud Infrastructure
Tags: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Power BI Power BI Desktop

Many businesses use both Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform to drive effective business outcomes and gain useful insights. Both these products also help your customers plan strategically for the future in a proactive way. Microsoft has recently introduced new capabilities for its Power Platform at Ignite 2019 which should come in very handy for your customers.

But just what are these new features for Power Platform users to enjoy?

Microsoft Flow has been renamed

One big change is that Microsoft Flow is now called Microsoft Power Automate. As part of this change, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been added to Power Automate. This adds end to end automation to the platform which covers UI, AI and APIs. It is hoped that this new feature will help businesses automate and scale their processes more efficiently. It also makes RPA more effective by giving users a unified automation interface to use. This will help connect UI and API-based automation in a much smoother way.

Power virtual agents updated

This function is currently being previewed on Power Platform and allows experts in certain subjects within a company to easily set-up virtual agents. This is a very simple process with low coding knowledge needed and a graphical interface used. Once created, these virtual agents can answer any type of enquiry on a certain subject to free up staff members from having to do so.

Added security for Power BI

Power Bi is widely used in many organisations to make it easier for employees to access data and draw useful insights. Of course, protecting any data is key here and this is something that Microsoft have recognised with new updates in this area. Users can now label and classify sensitive data via the MS Information Protection system available in MS Office for example. There is now also the ability to enforce policies around governance when any data is exported to other MS products.

Power Platform and Teams to integrate further

Breaking down silos in companies is key to your customers making full use of their data and facilitating the decision making process. MS Teams and Power Platform have now been brought closer together to help with this goal. Users can now access Power Platform apps in Teams which makes them easier to find as well as share. App creators can now also publish new apps into the company library, thus making them simpler to discover for others.

Check out the AI builder

Made available on the 1st October 2019, the AI builder is a no-coding feature in Power Automate and Power Apps. It lets customers mould AI to their needs and data. This new feature takes common AI situations and gives users a straightforward point and click method to solve them. The Power Platform will also contain pre-built AI models so users don't have to gather data or build apps themselves if they don't want too.

As the above shows, these new features give even more capabilities for your customers to use on the Power Platform. For more information or to ask any questions, give us a call today on 0333 009 5939 or email at

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