At today’s Build 2020 conference, Microsoft CEO Nadella announced that Microsoft has acquired Softomotive, a leader in robotic process automation. The latter is a developer of the WinAutomation platform. They currently have more than 9,000 customers worldwide. Microsoft’s move is In order to introduce Softomotive’s technology into its own Power Automate platform.
By combining the Power Automate platform and the WinAutomation platform, Microsoft can provide more customization options for desktop RPA (robotic process automation) customers, so that everyone can create their own robot to let them automatically perform Windows-based tasks.
Microsoft said the acquisition could bring the following possibilities to customers:
- Delivering a comprehensive low-code desktop automation solution with WinAutomation – We are providing customers with additional choices for creating workflows in Power Automate. Now, anyone can build RPA bots with our existing browser-based authoring app or through a new desktop app with WinAutomation.
- Expanding the out-of-the-box UI automation drivers for commonly used apps and services – Microsoft is committed to providing the most robust set of RPA capabilities in one platform, and is now expanding the existing desktop automation experience with the addition of Softomotive’s robust set of connectors and applications, such as SAP, legacy terminal screens, Java, Citrix, and more.
- Enabling parallel execution and multitasking – Customers can now execute multiple workflows and automations in parallel and on the same machine to reduce latency and improve the efficiency of their bots. This brings the same incredible scale from existing Power Automate API automation to UI automation.
- Offering thousands of additional features – We are bringing even more innovation from Softomotive built over the last 15 years to our customers to support low-code bot development.