Microsoft Flow is now Power Automate with RPA features

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Today at Ignite 2019 in Orlando, Microsoft announced a few changes made to Power Platform:

Microsoft Flow was renamed as Power Automate
robotic process automation (RPA) features were added to Power Automate
Microsoft launched Power Virtual Agents


Power Platform is a combination of 3 already known tools: PowerApps, PowerBI, and Microsoft Flow (Power Automate) that all make one powerful business application platform – providing quick and easy app building and data insights, without the need to cooperate with a developer.


Robotic Process Automation (RPA) allows anyone to configure software or a “robot” that automates routine, repetitive and manual work tasks which occur e.g. in financial, personnel, salary and information management functions. RPA is believed to be a revolution in business process automation therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Microsoft is adding robotic process automation (RPA) to Power Automate to help automate repetitive tasks.


So far, RPA has been an integral part of other Microsoft solutions, including Power Platform. A public preview of the RPA capability, which is called UI Flows, is available this week.


According to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella:

We are leading in two emerging categories, robotic process automation and mixed reality. Our Power Platform brings together robotic process automation with self-service, analytics and no-code, low-code app development. Recent updates enable citizen developers to build higher quality PowerApps faster and easier, and along with new capabilities in Power BI empower customers … to create a more data-centric culture.


We will post more information on the new tools on our blog soon.

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