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Microsoft's acquisition of RPA firm Softomotive prompts sector leaders including UiPath and Automation Anywhere to brace for war

Microsoft's acquisition of RPA firm Softomotive prompts sector leaders including UiPath and Automation Anywhere to brace for war
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Microsoft's acquisition of Softomotive boosts the tech giant's ability to offer robotic automation tools to enterprise clients for automating common, repetitive computer tasks.




It also highlights the rapid growth of the robotic processing automation, or RPA, industry, one of the fastest-growing segments in tech, whose importance became even more pronounced in the COVID-19 crisis.




Microsoft's move has prompted leading RPA startups, Automation Anywhere and UiPath, to prepare for stiffer competition with the tech behemoth.




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One of the hottest sectors in the tech industry is poised for a major upheaval.
Last week, Microsoft bought robotic process automation startup Softomotive, boosting the $1.4 trillion tech giant's ability to offer clients tools to automate common and repetitive computer tasks.
The acquisition highlights the growth of RPA, which has been one of tech's fastest growing segments.
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