Build 2020: Microsoft announces acquisition of Softomotive to enhance Power Automate

Kareem Anderson

Microsoft rattled off a ton of news today and amid the company’s many announcements was an update about the acquisition of Softomotive.

Softomotive is considered a world-leading provider of robotic process automation (RPA) and creator of WinAutomation. Microsoft plans to incorporate Softomotive and its own Microsoft Power Automate platform to “democratize” access to RPA development.

More specifically, the collaboration will enable customers to build and automate Windows-based tasks via additional RPA connectivity features to apps and services.

In follow up to their announcement, Microsoft authored a blog offering some more details on its new acquisition that include:

We are excited about the possibilities that this acquisition opens for our customers, including:

  • 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.

According to Microsoft, over 350,00 organizations are already making use of Microsoft Power Automate each month. With the addition of Softomotive, the organizations using MPA will now be given an option to leverage that AI with the real-world application of RPA.

To jump-start interest and development, Microsoft is enabling current Power Automate customers the ability to use WinAutomation to automate legacy tasks in the cloud or their desktops at no additional costs.