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Innovating forward: A closer look at Microsoft Power Platform 2023 release wave 2 

December 22, 2023

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Microsoft has introduced an array of advanced capabilities within the Microsoft Power Platform as part of its latest release, Wave 2 of 2023. The meticulously outlined release plan details the roadmap for upcoming features scheduled for launch between October 2023 and March 2024. This strategic unveiling aims to elevate the Power Platform’s functionality, offering innovative solutions to meet evolving business needs.  

Let’s delve into the transformative potential of Power Platform’s new features and enhancements, capable of revolutionizing your business operations. 

Exploring the next-gen capabilities: Microsoft Power Platform 2023 release wave 2 overview 

Microsoft Power Platform plays a crucial role in enabling users and organizations to analyze, act on, and automate data for digital transformation.  

As of today, Microsoft Power Platform includes 5 products: Power BI, Power Apps, Power Pages, Power Automate, and Microsoft Copilot Studio. It also features the AI Builder add-in. The 2023 release wave 2 introduces numerous new features across all these applications, including Microsoft Dataverse, Power Platform capabilities for governance, administration, and pro-development. 

Here is a summary of these new enhancements across all Power Platform features:  

Power BI 

Improvements in Power BI focus on enhancing the creation experience for individuals, aligning experiences with Microsoft 365, introducing web parity, and incorporating the Power Query diagram view into Power BI Desktop. Team enhancements include improvements in meetings and multitasking, along with GIT and source control integration for effective collaboration among developers. 

Power Apps 

Power Apps extends the use of Copilot to enhance AI-assisted experiences, promoting developer productivity, introducing natural language elements for all users, and providing insights to administrators. Modern controls, collaborative experiences, and enhanced deployment and governance support aim to enable organization-wide low-code implementation. 

Power Pages 

Power Pages enhances the copilot maker experience for site building, incorporates capabilities for maker usage and onboarding in managed environments, and facilitates easy data connectivity. Collaboration for low-code makers is improved, and co-presence detection is introduced. 

Power Automate 

Power Automate simplifies the initiation of new flows by utilizing natural language across cloud flows and desktop flows. Process mining enhancements facilitate the creation of automation, and unified activity views and deeper notifications enhance work management at scale. 

Microsoft Copilot Studio  

Microsoft Copilot Studio introduces General Availability for various capabilities, including Multi-Lingual bot support, Generative Answers and Actions, Standalone IVR, IVR integration with Dynamics 365 Customer Service, and integration with the Conversational Language Understanding service. Continuous improvements in Enterprise Trust capabilities are prioritized. 

Microsoft Dataverse 

Microsoft Dataverse focuses on enhancing the maker experience with improved app-building productivity infused with Copilot experiences, seamless connectivity to external data sources, and integration into the Microsoft 365 Copilot ecosystem. 

AI Builder 

AI Builder facilitates the easy processing of structured and unstructured documents, leveraging the power of GPT for pre-generated responses to customer requests. A human validation station allows makers to review and enhance content automatically generated by intelligent Copilots. 

Governance, Administration, Pro Development, and ISV Experiences 

Governance and administration provide additional tools and insights for Admins, with Managed Environments offering administrators more control and visibility into low-code adoption. Pro development introduces an extension for VS Code, alongside a native Visual Studio experience. The new Developer Hub simplifies onboarding for developers and streamlines the process of coding and setting up CI/CD. 

Data Integration 

Data integration enhances Power Query experiences with new capabilities in Get Data and Data Transformation experiences within the Power Query Editor. On-premises and VNet data gateways receive improvements, and a new generation of Dataflows is released to Microsoft Data Cloud, supporting Power Platform, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and beyond. Big data performance and high-scale improvements are delivered for connectivity scenarios with Azure Synapse, Dataverse, Snowflake, Databricks, Google BigQuery, and Amazon Redshift, along with various other Power Query connectors. 

When is Microsoft Power Platform’s 2023 release wave 2 expected to launch?  

The production deployment for the 2023 release wave 2 has already begun. Since October 1, 2023, these exciting new features have been progressively arriving in different regions, and soon they will be automatically enabled in your Microsoft Power Platform suite. 

In case you are wondering, the release wave itself will not typically impact your underlying Power Platform licensing structure. Keep in mind that specific delivery timelines and functionality might still undergo minor adjustments. 

Driving growth together: Confiz as your Microsoft Power Platform ally 

If you’re prepared to harness the advantages of Microsoft Power Platform, a suite encompassing business intelligence, app development, and app connectivity solutions, Confiz is equipped to assist you. 

Our expertise extends from seamless implementation to ongoing optimization and support of Microsoft Power Platform and its robust features. For tailored solutions and unparalleled support, contact us at marketing@confiz.com and start your journey of digital transformation with confidence.