In response to recent advancements, Microsoft has introduced the next-generation AI-based Copilot for Power Automate Cloud Flows. This mirrors the Copilot for Power Apps and offers users a conversational experience while authoring flows.
Power Automate, formerly Microsoft Flow, is a cloud-based service that optimizes workflow automation and business processes. It empowers users to create automated workflows tailored for day-to-day business operations, eliminating the need for extensive coding. Power Automate significantly boosts productivity by minimizing manual effort and enhancing the efficiency of business processes, making it a valuable asset for organizations focused on workflow automation and digital transformation.
Copilot allows users to describe their needs through a conversational interface when building automated flows. It can perform various actions during the flow creation process, including automatically generating a flow based on the specified scenario, setting up connections, selecting parameters, and responding to questions about the flow while making necessary adjustments.
A Power Platform environment is required to use Copilot for Power Automate Cloud Flows. Check in the Power Platform admin center, and if none is listed, create a new environment using the + New button.
Copilot is enabled by default in the Preview region, regions with copilot GPUs (US, Australia, UK), and Europe (excluding France) unless disabled by the administrator. In France and Canada, admins can enable Copilot from the Power Platform admin center.
To create a flow with Copilot:
- Navigate to the Power Automate page and select the environment from the top-right corner.
- Start describing the desired flow, and Copilot will list suggested operations based on the description.
- Example: Enter “Trigger an email,” Copilot will provide suggested flow descriptions like “Send an email when a new item is created in SharePoint.”
- Copilot for Power Automate Cloud Flows automatically shows the suggested flow based on the selected condition. In this case, it adds a Trigger to start the flow when an item is added to SharePoint and automatically executes the action (e.g., sending an email).
- If satisfied with the flow, click Next to configure it. If expecting more complex logic, click “This isn’t what I’m looking for” for feedback options or to start from a template or a blank flow.
- Review and configure suggested connections on the next page. Click “Create Flow” to confirm changes and create the flow. A green check indicates valid connections.
- The flow is generated using Copilot within the flow designer screen. Use Copilot controls on the right side to make changes by typing instructions in Natural Language.
- Address any Invalid Parameters messages by specifying the SharePoint location, entering the recipient’s email address, and providing the email Subject and body.
- Set up advanced parameters like checking frequency for new items in SharePoint, specifying interval, frequency, and timezone. Invalid Parameters messages disappear after these settings. Click “Save this flow” to save changes.
- Save the flow and choose “Test Flow” to run the trigger manually or automatically during the specified frequency. Users will be notified via email.