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Automate your desktop with robotic process automation

Connect old and new systems and reduce repetitive tasks using UI-based automation with desktop flows—the robotic process automation (RPA) capability in Power Automate.

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Why use robotic process automation

Increase efficiency

Free your team from repetitive, time-consuming tasks with easy-to-use, low-code automation so they can focus on more important work.

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Connect with other products, link new and legacy systems, run on virtual machines, and take advantage of partner connectors in available cloud flows—or create your own.

Reduce costly mistakes and improve security

Automate more safely at every level with built-in exception handling and available governance, privacy, and data loss–prevention technology.

Streamline your business processes with RPA

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Create automated workflows quickly with a low-code visual designer that empowers everyone, regardless of technical expertise.

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Take advantage of hundreds of drag-and-drop actions that interact with your desktop’s user interface and apps. Use variables and conditionals, launch apps, copy and paste, and more.

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Save time by capturing your mouse and keyboard actions and importing them directly into the visual designer.

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Initiate desktop flows or respond to prompts in attended mode, or choose the available unattended mode to run your desktop flow autonomously in the background.

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Run desktop flows from available cloud flows, and use AI Builder to take advantage of hyperautomation.

What customers are saying about RPA in Power Automate

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“It was too costly to create APIs for our legacy applications… and we also had to navigate a third-party website. We used Power Automate RPA bots to fill these gaps and automate the process.”

Allan McDaniel
Manager of Development for BI and Master Data, Coca-Cola
Bottling Company United

What analysts are saying about RPA in Power Automate

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Microsoft is named a Leader in the July 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Robotic Process Automation (RPA).1

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Microsoft is named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Robotic Process Automation, Q1 2021.

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Get started with desktop flows

Windows 10

Automate personal desktop flows on your machine for free.

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Windows 11

Automate personal desktop flows on your machine for free using the app, available in the Start menu.

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Power Automate

Experience everything Power Automate offers with access to all flows, add-ons, and apps.

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1 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Robotic Process Automation, 26 July 2021, Saikat Ray, Arthur Villa, et al.

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