May 2023 update of Power Automate for desktop
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May 24, 2023 8:30 AM

May 2023 update of Power Automate for desktop

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Power Automate for desktop comes with new additions in 2023 May’s release, including the introduction of custom actions and the Assets library (in preview), as

In the May 2023 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.32), several new features and improvements have been added. Key updates include:

  1. Custom actions: Users can now create custom actions in desktop flows, which can be deployed via the Assets library. The Assets library, currently in preview, lets users implement these custom actions within their flows.
  1. Repairing UI selectors: A new feature allows users to repair the selectors of UI elements. This functionality simplifies the process of correcting invalid, potentially dynamic selectors.
  1. Terminal emulation action: A new action titled 'Search for text on terminal session' has been added. It allows users to locate occurrences of a specific text string within a terminal session, either by an exact match or using a regular expression.

The Power Automate team invites users to provide feedback and ask questions through the Power Automate Community.

What is Power Automate for Desktop

Power Automate for Desktop is a Microsoft tool that allows users to automate repetitive tasks in Windows. The tool can work across different applications, including legacy systems, the web, and desktop applications.

Power Automate for Desktop makes use of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology. RPA is a software technology that makes it easy to build, deploy, and manage software robots that can emulate human actions interacting with digital systems and software.

You can use Power Automate for Desktop to create "flows," which are basically a sequence of steps that the software follows to complete a task. These steps can include things like clicking buttons, typing into fields, copying and pasting data, etc.

Flows can be created via a user-friendly interface without the need for coding, which makes it accessible to users with various skill levels. More advanced users can also integrate custom actions or scripts, making the tool very flexible and powerful.

As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, Power Automate for Desktop was included with a Windows 10 license, which means that many users can access it without any additional cost.