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What is Power Automate: Go with the Flow!

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What is Power Automate? Microsoft announced today at Microsoft Ignite the renaming of the popular Microsoft Office 365 application Flow to Power Automate. The product name brings continuity to the established Power Platform alongside PowerApps and Power Bi.

Broader scope

However, it’s so much more than a name change and brand alignment. As the name suggests, the broader focus on automation means the platform becomes broader in scope. Microsoft communicates Power Automate as “a unified platform with API- and UI-based automation for enterprise customers”, which is designed to cater for the full spectrum of users from technical to business.

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Users can still use Power Automate to create workflows in the manner in which they are accustomed to. However, it now comes with a new feature set, including robotic process automation capabilities – UI flows – which you can see in public preview. The purpose of UI flows is for users to automate repetitive tasks, simplifying workflows across organizations. It will provide scalability and even more security.

Recent licensing changes

New license changes were put into place from October 2019, and at the time of writing, those still apply. I strongly advise reading the following blog: Office 365, Flow and beyond on how the latest licensing changes might affect you.

Finding outdated SharePoint Designer workflows

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The free Rencore tool SharePoint Designer workflows Discovery is your first step towards moving on from SharePoint Designer to modern alternatives like Power Automate or third-party tools.

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Lee Sellen

Lee is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at Rencore. He writes about a broad array of topics ranging from corporate, solution and product news to high-level SharePoint and Office 365 governance, modernization and risk topics. Lee is in charge of Rencore's research and reports unit aiming to gain new insights into how users work with SharePoint and Office 365. A passionate writer in all areas, he also covers Rencore events, webinars and other online activities.