The Data Platform for the Era of AI: Introducing Microsoft Fabric

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Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Fabric, an end-to-end analytics platform designed to meet the growing data needs of organisations. With the proliferation of data and the increasing importance of AI, we require a unified analytics system to extract insights and drive business value. Microsoft Fabric integrates various data and analytics tools into a single platform, providing a seamless experience for data and business professionals.

Lake-centric and open

Microsoft Fabric offers a unified experience and architecture that encompasses all the capabilities required for data extraction and presentation. By delivering the platform as a Software as a Service (SaaS), integration and optimisation are automatic, enabling users to derive real business value within minutes. Microsoft Fabric includes OneLake, a multi-cloud data lake that simplifies the creation, integration, management, and operation of data lakes. It reduces data duplication and concerns about vendor lock-in by supporting open data formats and providing shortcuts for easy data sharing across different cloud platforms.

Powered by AI

Azure OpenAI Service is integrated into Microsoft Fabric at every layer, enabling developers to leverage generative AI and assisting business users in finding insights. With Copilot, users can use conversational language to create data flows, build machine learning models, and more. Copilot automatically inherits an organisation’s security and privacy policies, ensuring data protection.

Microsoft Fabric deeply integrates with Microsoft 365 applications, such as Excel, Teams, and PowerPoint, making data easily discoverable and accessible. Users can leverage data in their everyday work and share insights seamlessly across the organisation.

Microsoft Fabric is currently in Public Preview, and users can sign up for a free trial to experience its capabilities. Existing Power BI Premium customers can enable Microsoft Fabric through the Power BI admin portal. Microsoft Fabric will be enabled for all Power BI tenants starting from July 1st.

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K L Krithika
K L Krithika is a tech journalist at AIM. Apart from writing tech news, she enjoys reading sci-fi and pondering the impossible technologies while trying not confuse between the two.

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