Microsoft Power Automate vs Zapier
Last updated: March 09, 2021
Microsoft Power Automate (earlier Microsoft Flow) - is a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services.
Zapier connects the web apps you use to easily move your data and automate tedious tasks. Connect the apps you use to easily move data between them. Use simple, event-based automation to avoid repetitive tasks.
Microsoft Power Automate vs Zapier in our news:
2021. Zapier buys no-code-focused Makerpad
Zapier, a well-known no-code automation tool, has purchased Makerpad, a no-code education service and community. The no-code space has been active in recent months, as has its sibling niche, the low-code market. The latter has seen recent rounds in the nine figures, as some corporations turn to low-code tools to help them more quickly build internal software. The no-code world has its own successes, like Zapier’s nine-figure revenues.
2021. Microsoft’s Power Automate Desktop is now free for all Windows 10 users
Microsoft is making Power Automate Desktop, its enterprise-level tool for creating automated desktop-centric workflows, available to all Windows 10 users for free. Power Automate Desktop is what Microsoft calls its “attended Robotic Process Automation” solution, but you can think of it as a macro recorder on steroids. It comes with 370 prebuilt actions that help you build flows across different applications, but its real power is in letting you build your own scripts to automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Users who want to give Power Automate Desktop a try can now download it from Microsoft, but in the coming weeks, it’ll become part of Microsoft’s Insider Builds for Windows 10 and then eventually become a built-in part of Windows 10, all the way down to the standard Windows Home version.
2020. Microsoft brings new process mining features to Power Automate
Power Automate, Microsoft’s platform for streamlining repetitive workflows, has got a new tool, the Process Advisor. This new process mining tool provides users with a new collaborative environment where developers and business users can work together to create new automations. The idea here is that business users are the ones who know exactly how a certain process works. With Process Advisor, they can now submit recordings of how they process a refund, for example, and then submit that to the developers, who are typically not experts in how these processes usually work.
2020. Microsoft brings new robotic process automation features to its Power Platform
Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Softomotive, a player in the low-code robotic process automation space with a focus on Windows. And now the company is launching Power Automate Desktop, a new application based on Softomotive’s technology that lets anyone automate desktop workflows without needing to program. Power Automate already allowed users to connect web-based applications, similar to Zapier and IFTTT, but the company also launched a browser extension late last year to help users connect native system components to Power Automate. Now, with the integration of the Softomotive technology and the launch of this new low-code Windows application, it’s taking this integration into the native Windows user interface one step further.
2020. Microsoft acquires robotic process automation platform Softomotive
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today confirmed that the company has acquired Softomotive, a software robotic automation platform. It will become part of Microsoft Power Automate platform. Softomotive currently has about 9,000 customers around the world. Softomotive’s WinAutomation platform will be freely available to Power Automate users with what Microsoft calls an RPA attended license in Power Automate. In Power Automate, Microsoft will use Softomotive’s tools to enable a number of new capabilities, including Softomotives low-code desktop automation solution WinAutomation. Until now, Power Automate did not feature any desktop automation tools.
2019. Microsoft introduced own RPA software - UI Flows
Microsoft has renamed its Microsoft Flow application integration and business process automation platform to Power Automate and added to it RPA software called UI Flows. As you know RPA (Robotic Process Automation) - allows you to automate routine operations at the user interface level. RPA system records user actions (mouse clicks, copying text from one field to another ...) and creates a software robot that does the same. Thus, you can create an automatic process and integrate old software (that doen't have an API for integration) into it. For example, the video shows how to create such a robot to copy data from legacy medical system to a cloud service. Note that Microsoft Power Automate now combines both RPA and API integrations with most popular cloud services.
2017. Zapier added shared folders for teams
Cloud app integration service Zapier is unveiling shared folders to help teams automate anything, together. Shared folders let teammates access a shared set of Zaps and collaborate to build more powerful workflows. With your individual Zapier account, you can create automated workflows called Zaps that connect two or more apps. But until now, you couldn't share those clever workflows with your co-workers. Shared folders make it possible. Anyone with access to a shared folder can tweak and improve the Zaps inside or copy them for their own use. We even added an option to share accounts for other tools—like Dropbox, Pipedrive, and Typeform—so you don't need to create separate logins for everyone.
2017. Zapier launched team accounts
Zapier, the business process-centric services for connecting different applications and automating workflows, announced the launch of Zapier for Teams. This new, $250/month plan complements the company’s existing free and $20/month tiers and adds a number of collaboration features to the service. For businesses, this new plan also means that they can offer access to Zapier to their employees and pay a single bill. Foster also argues that this will improve security, especially given that a company can now easily add and remove user accounts as needed. In the past, with Zapier’s old pricing tiers, employees would often share passwords, which is obviously not an ideal solution.
2016. Microsoft Flow is available on iOS
Microsoft Flow, the workflow management tool, has arrived on iOS. It lets you mash up up two or more cloud services in order to create workflows – like those that let you automate file synchronization, alerting, data organization and more. Competing services, including IFTTT and Zapier, have been around longer and offer a larger list of supported connections. Microsoft Flow, meanwhile, is more focused on integrations with Microsoft’s own business tools, like Office 365, Dynamics CRM, PowerApps, and Yammer, as well as those that are used in organizations, like MailChip, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack, and others. However, you can use Microsoft Flow to automate a number of common scenarios, like getting a text message whenever your boss emails you, saving the results of a Twitter search to an Excel file, copying files from OneDrive to SharePoint, copying photos from Instagram to Dropbox, and many more. With the new iOS application, you can now manage your previously created “flows” from your smartphone. That means you can switch them on or off, view their properties, or check out run history reports to make sure they are performing properly and haven’t had any errors.