Microsoft has announced OpenAI’s GPT-3 natural language processing model into the Power Apps development platform. Thanks to advanced artificial intelligence, users will easily create applications interactively – without deep knowledge of programming languages and complex formulas, which will make development even easier and more accessible. The integration will be one of the first applications of GPT-3 in solving applied business problems.
The neural network GPT-3 runs in the Microsoft Azure cloud and allows you to generate ready-made formulas through a natural language query. Formulas are generated in the low-level Power Fx language, which is based on Microsoft Excel. The principle of operation will be similar to a search engine: the user formulates a request and receives a list of possible formulas in response, from which he can choose the most suitable one. To retrain GPT-3 for the task, the proprietary service Azure Machine Learning was used.
The new feature is currently only announced to support English. Developers will have access to GPT-3 at the end of June 2021 as part of a public pre-test. In the future, Microsoft also plans to integrate Power Fx into other Power Platform-tools, so the ability to use natural language based on GPT-3 will appear in these products as well.
Although the coding process is automated and will lower the entry threshold for development, it is noted that more complex data queries may still require some technical knowledge. GPT-3 will only make it easier to choose the right formulas.