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Ignite 2019: Microsoft moves into RPA with latest Power Platform updates

by Jason Gumpert

Microsoft is preparing to launch its own robotic process automation (RPA) solution in the near future. The Power Platform team is going to rebrand Microsoft Flow as Power Automate and add more features to that it says will fit the RPA segment.

That announcement, along with other changes coming to the Power Platform around bots, improved Teams integration, and new pre-built models for AI Builder, were announced around this week's Microsoft Ignite event.

Power Automate will provide "a unified automation platform that can bridge the gap between API-based automation and UI-based automation," writes James Phillips, Microsoft corporate vice president for the business applications group that covers both Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.

One of the key additions for Power Automate is UI flows, which will give point and click tools to record manual processes and play them back.

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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