Update: Officially announced and also launched public preview of PowerApps .
Microsoft Flow is a new Microsoft project makes it easy to mash-up two or more different services. Microsoft Flow is publicly available as a preview with no cost. They have connections to 35+ different services, including both Microsoft services like SharePoint, and public software services like Salesforce and Twitter, with more being added every week.
Note: The Official Flow page was active yesterday but Microsoft removed it but we were able to find web Cache of the blog Post.
My name is Stephen Siciliano and I’m the Group Program Manager for Microsoft Flow. I’ve had the privilege of using it for the past few months and it’s made my life at work much easier. There are several different ways I use it: to get notifications when important things happen, to organize data from Twitter, synchronizing files, and to handle approvals. Here are some specific examples of how I use Microsoft Flow in my day to day:
- Boss alert!
My manager emails me a lot, but with all the email I get, it’s easy easy to miss an email or. Luckily, it’s very easy to create a flow that sends me a text message whenever my boss sends me an email. Check out this blog post on how to set this up.
- What’s happening on Twitter?
My friends will tell you I’m not very adept at social media, so to help me keep on top of it I’m integrating Tweets with a tool I am familiar with (Excel). I have a flow set up that searches for tweets about Microsoft Flow and saves them into an Excel file that I can review on my own time. You can even save tweets to SQL, as covered in this blog post.
- Getting files to work
I use OneDrvie for Business to store my files, but sometimes I want to easily get the files to SharePoint so my colleagues can see them. I was able to create a flow that copies files from a OneDrive for Business folder up to my team’s SharePoint site.
- Approve This!
We have been working on some blog posts to help you understand and get started with flow, and we wanted to be sure that all of the posts were reviewed and approved. We created a simple approval workflow.