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Microsoft acquires robotic process automation provider Softomotive

Thursday 21st May, 2020

Microsoft announces the acquisition of Softomotive a provider of robotic process automation (RPA) with over 15 years of experience and the creator of WinAutomation.

By bringing Softomotive’s desktop automation together with the existing Microsoft Power Automate capabilities, Microsoft is further democratising RPA and enabling everyone to create bots to automate manual business processes.

Softomotive currently helps more than 9,000 global customers seamlessly automate business processes across legacy and modern desktop applications. Together they will provide customers additional options for RPA desktop authoring so anyone can build a bot and automate Windows-based tasks. The combined offering will also enable RPA connectivity to many new apps and services including SAP and traditional green-screen terminal applications.

Today, over 350,000 organisations use Microsoft Power Automate every month to improve their productivity with advanced features like AI-based data understanding through AI Builder, UI-based application automation through UI flows, and integrating with applications and databases via 315 built-in API connectors.

The comprehensive Power Automate platform represents the next generation of RPA and is accessible to everyone in an organisation, including coders and non-coders alike, through a low-code development environment.

Microsoft says, all existing Power Automate customers can immediately benefit from WinAutomation to automate legacy tasks in the cloud or on their desktops. This is available at no additional cost to customers with an RPA attended license in Power Automate.