Stephen Siciliano - Partner PM Director, Power Automate
Today we are excited to share that robotic process automation (RPA) in Microsoft Power Automate is now built-in with the general availability of Windows 11.
Since first introducing the availability of RPA with Power Automate for desktop for Windows 10, we have seen thousands of organizations harness the power of automation in Power Automate. The low-code automation experience in Power Automate provides a solution for developers and non-developers alike to automate routine tasks from their Windows desktop, such as reporting, data entry, and scheduling. Imagine the time you might save by automating daily, repetitive tasks such as gathering information from the web, generating and emailing reports, or transferring data between applications.
For example, say you are managing a large monthly invoicing process and would like to reduce the time spent manually copying and pasting details from Excel to an older system to compile invoices. With Power Automate, you can automate the generation of these invoices by connecting to multiple apps and data sources, such as Excel and your in-house invoicing application, and automate manual tasks such as mouse clicks, keyboard inputs, and data entry.
This is one example of how automation might work from your Windows desktop, so keep reading to learn how Power Automate is making automation more accessible in Windows 11.
Streamline how you work in a hybrid world by automating everyday mundane tasks
Hybrid work and the demand for more resilient technology is here to stay, and that means your organization needs digital solutions that are freeing up time from the most redundant tasks for higher-value work. When you reallocate that time to strategic initiatives, you improve productivity and at the highest level.
Organizations from around the world are using Power Automate to provide their customers, partners, and employees with a robust automation platform that streamlines how they work. Outlined below are a few examples of how our customers from multiple industries are already harnessing low-code automation to simplify workflows.
Streamlining legal case load management
Xerox leverages RPA in Power Automate to streamline and automate processes for their small-to-medium business customers and recently implemented an RPA bot to help streamline a legal practice’s case load management.
“Prior to implementing the RPA bot that Xerox built with Power Automate, this mid-sized, but growing, family-run legal firm was spending more than 250 hours a month manually processing more than 1,500 exhibits as they worked on cases. The Xerox unattended RPA bot now handles the entire process end-to-end for the customer using Power Automate’s RPA and OCR capabilities and Adobe Acrobat Pro’s document conversion technology. By bringing the power of automation to this SMB customer using Power Automate, Xerox is enabling the firm to focus on higher value tasks and grow their business.” —Stefan Buttner, Xerox Automation Leader.
Simplifying invoicing, billing, and order management in manufacturing
Coca-Cola Bottling Company United used Power Automate RPA to build a Power Platform system that digitized what used to be a complex manual process for invoicing, billing, and order management. Partner Happiest Minds created bots to synchronize data between the company’s SAP customer relationship management system and Azure SQL. Rather than develop APIs for connections to legacy systems, Power Automate RPA runs the unattended bots in parallel at a fraction of the cost, enabling the company to reduce costs and process more orders.
Reducing costs and improving accuracy for billing
Along with simplifying the billing process and saving time through automation, building desktop flows with Power Automate can help save money. Reventics, a healthcare services firm, uses Power Automate RPA to streamline repetitive processes like downloading data, scrubbing and merging data sets, and generating a prioritized queue to hand off to medical coders. Before using Power Automate RPA, these individual workflows created repetitive work that didn’t require decision-making, strategy, or other high-value skills—yet they tied up employees’ time.
“Faster claims processing, improved data reconciliation, and reduced turnaround time have led to increases in employee efficiency and better-quality outcomes. Claim status, balance adjustments, and denial management through RPA have reduced transaction costs significantly and have reduced billing errors to nearly zero.” —Namit Agarwal, Chief Information Officer at Reventics.
Three ways to get started with Power Automate in Windows 11
With this release we have made it easier to start your automation journey in Windows 11 with access to Power Automate from the Start menu, a new guided in-product experience to build your first desktop flow, greater admin controls that are coming soon with Data Loss Prevention for RPA, availability in the Microsoft store, and more. You can read more about these updates in the deep dive blog post here.
Outlined below are three ways to start thinking about how to automate and get started with ease from your Windows desktop.
- Launch Power Automate in Windows 11: Power Automate is now built-in from the Start menu in Windows. To get started, you can search for “Power Automate” in the Windows 11 start menu, click the icon, and log in with a Microsoft account or a work or school account.
- Read the getting started guide: You can read more about getting started and the pre-requisites in the getting started documentation. In this document, you can better understand how to get started with a Microsoft account, Work or School account, or an Organizational premium account and learn more about what is included at no additional cost, and better understand automation scenarios.
- Build your first automation: Watch and take advantage of the great tutorials on Microsoft Learn and follow a series of sessions for Power Automate desktop to build a desktop flow and watch this video series on building desktop automation in Power Automate.
More and more users are simplifying their workloads with Power Automate every day. We are excited for this next step in the automation journey and encourage you to read the Power Automate deep dive blog post, the getting started documentation, and the Power Automate web page.