What's New in Appian RPA 8.6?
This content applies solely to Appian RPA, which must be purchased separately from the Appian base platform.

This page describes what's available in this release of Appian RPA. Some capabilities may not be available if you're using an older version of the Appian platform.

Version 8.6 (Release date: 28 October 2022)

Allow Appian to sign in to run robotic processes on non-administrative user accounts

Security and scalability are important parts of any automation practice. Robotic processes need to comply with your security requirements and scale effectively to meet demand. If your infrastructure or security requirements require you to run robotic processes using a basic, non-administrative user account, you can now allow Appian to do this for you by signing into your virtual machine (VM) user session directly from the RPA console.

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You don’t have to keep specific VM user sessions open and active anymore just in case a robotic process could start – in this release, you can manually trigger Appian to sign into a VM as any designated user, basic or administrator. When you enable this option, Appian uses designated credentials to sign into your resource and launch the agent as the designated user. Once the resource has been signed in, the agent will be online and you can proceed with executing your robotic processes on that resource as usual.

Ending support for IE11

With Microsoft ending its support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) earlier this year, Appian is also ending support for IE11 in 22.4 and Appian RPA 8.6.

Robotic processes that use IE11 may still work, but you can no longer use the task recorder with IE11 or create actions that open IE11. We encourage you to refactor these robotic processes so they use another supported browser.

About Appian RPA releases and upgrades

Appian RPA is a capability of the Appian platform. RPA is released independently from the rest of the platform, and the latest version is applied to your site upon restart. This means you get access to new features, bug fixes, and improvements faster and more easily.

All RPA versions are backwards compatible with the Appian platform, so you aren't required to upgrade Appian any sooner than you want to. However, RPA feature availability may rely on feature availability in Appian. Therefore, if you're using an older version of the Appian platform, Appian RPA may not be able to take advantage of those features. In these cases, you may not have access to some of the latest features prior to upgrading Appian. Your robotic tasks will continue to work with your current version of Appian.

We want to be clear when some of these features may require a more recent version of Appian. Where applicable, we'll note where certain features might not be available for older versions of Appian.

RPA support period

Appian regularly addresses bugs and other issues in RPA with hotfixes to the latest available version of RPA. For this reason, we encourage customers to plan to upgrade Appian RPA regularly to access these new features, bug fixes, and improvements faster.

You can use a particular version of Appian RPA until your site is restarted, at which point you'll be upgraded to the latest version. No matter what version of Appian RPA you're using, we encourage you to report issues so they can be addressed. Fixes and enhancements will be available in the latest available version of Appian RPA.

Documentation support period

Appian RPA documentation is available for six months after the version release date. Refer to the table below to learn more about release dates and documentation availability.

RPA Release Release Date Docs Removal Date
8.8 20 January 2023 20 July 2023
8.7 9 December 2022 9 June 2023
8.6 28 October 2022 28 April 2023
8.5 16 September 2022 16 March 2023
8.4 5 August 2022 5 February 2023
8.3 22 June 2022 22 December 2022
8.2 13 May 2022 13 November 2022
8.1 1 April 2022 1 October 2022
8.0 9 February 2022 9 August 2022
7.14 21 January 2022 21 July 2022
7.13 10 December 2021 10 June 2022
7.12 29 October 2021 29 April 2022
7.11 16 September 2021 16 March 2022
7.10 6 August 2021 6 February 2022
7.9 24 June 2021 24 December 2021
7.8 20 May 2021 20 November 2021
7.7 16 April 2021 16 October 2021
7.6 5 March 2021 5 September 2021
7.5 22 January 2021 22 July 2021
7.4 15 November 2020 15 May 2021

Find your Appian RPA release number

You can see your site's RPA version in the About Appian dialog. Both designers and system administrators can access this dialog at any time from the navigation menu.

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