Introduction to other types of desktop flows


This section covers legacy topics, including use of Windows recorder (V1) and Selenium IDE to create automation scripts. If you are just starting your RPA automation project, we recommend that you use Power Automate Desktop)

Read on if you already have automation built using Windows recorder (V1) and Selenium IDE.

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Desktop flows or connectors?

With Power Automate, you can automate both modern applications with APIs, or legacy applications with incomplete or missing APIs. You can even combine legacy apps, modern apps, and manual processes in a single automation.

Application type Feature Benefits
Modern apps with APIs Connectors High reliability with software UI updates
Legacy apps (no APIs) desktop flows Easy to create. Works if no API is available.

You will find your desktop flows alongside automated, button, scheduled, and business process flows in My flows.

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