Microsoft Power Automate Desktop has been designed to increase productivity by automating repetitive tasks and is now available free.
Power Automate (once known as Flow) has become an integral part of many Dynamics 365, SharePoint, Outlook and Teams projects for the useful way it can take inputs and trigger actions across a wide range of applications. Recognising this, Microsoft has now made Power Automate Desktop free for users of Windows 10.
What does Power Automate do?
Power Automate offers a robust solution for streamlining business processes by connecting various applications and enabling seamless interactions. By facilitating the integration of different software and services, Power Automate empowers users to establish automated workflows and trigger actions in response to specific events or triggers. For instance, an incoming email can automatically initiate a series of actions in another application or system.
The automation capabilities of Power Automate extend beyond mundane tasks, allowing organizations to eliminate time-consuming manual processes and unlock significant efficiency gains over time. By automating even the smallest of tasks, employees can focus their efforts on more valuable and strategic activities, driving productivity and overall business performance.
A notable feature of Power Automate is its low-code robotic process automation (RPA) functionality. This means that users can create automated workflows without the need for extensive coding knowledge or expertise. RPA captures and records user actions performed on the desktop environment, including mouse clicks and keyboard inputs, and transforms them into repeatable automation sequences. Once the initial automation steps have been recorded by the RPA, users can effortlessly replay the automation, effectively saving time and effort that would have otherwise been spent on repetitive manual tasks.
By embracing Power Automate's automation capabilities and leveraging the intuitive low-code RPA, organizations can optimize their operational efficiency, improve employee productivity, and enhance overall business agility. The platform empowers users to automate their workflows, reduce human error, and achieve seamless integration across applications, ultimately enabling businesses to thrive
What are the benefits of Power Automate Desktop?
Works across various platforms
The RPA technology records your actions across multiple platforms, meaning you can automate your actions on Excel, Outlook, SharePoint and a host of other Microsoft applications. Power Automate Desktop can also link hundreds of third-party applications as well.
The lack of coding required means that it is accessible and user-friendly, no matter how technologically experienced you are. Simple to install, it is extremely accessible and easy to explore. Then once you’ve got a flavour of its capabilities, talk to an expert to see where you can make some real efficiency gains.
By reducing the number and time spent on repetitive tasks, Power Automate Desktop increases staff productivity, in turn boosting profits
Works across businesses and larger organisations
Automation processes can be built across businesses and organisations with more than 400 connectors available in the cloud. This means that data is more easily accessed and shared.
What are the limitations of the free version of Power Automate Desktop?
The version of Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10 is limited in its ability to integrate with other platforms and apps.
The Windows 10 version also does not allow wholly automated and unattended desktop flows, meaning there is still manual effort required for them to be completed (such as a button click).
The free version's functionalities are also restricted to the local computer that it is installed on.
How can I access Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10?
You can download Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10 here
Should using Microsoft Power Automate Desktop inspire you to investigate the wider possibilities of the full version of Power Automate, we’ll be happy to provide you with a demo or discuss your requirements.
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