Microsoft Flow Spring 2018 Update

Today we are announcing a new type of flow: a Business process flow. These flows, based on the Common Data Service for Apps, define a set of steps for people to follow to take them to a desired outcome. We also have a number of new integrations coming, including a Flow add-in for Excel. With this new add-in, you can create or trigger automation on an Excel table with the Flow button the Data tab in the ribbon. Finally, we have several new features coming to help you repair flows and build flow solutions that support full application lifecycle management.

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Browse the history of your approvals and other updates

So far this month, we have released several new capabilities in Microsoft Flow. First, you can browse your Approval history -- see all the approval requests you've sent out, including the responses, the comments that were sent, and the exact time they happened. Next, we added four new connectors: Excel Online (Business), Excel Online (OneDrive), Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and Pitney Bowes Tax Calculator. We have new tooltips inside the flow designer, so you can more easily tell different dynamic content apart inside of actions, and preview expressions without opening the full expression editor. We also have new capabilities to control concurrency and retry policies. Finally, we have released new documentation on our conformance to accessibility standards.

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Beginner | Flow of the Week: How to Trigger Approvals When Creating a New SharePoint Item

Behind every flashy company event, there is a plethora of cool swag that gets handed out as prizes or to get people pumped up about the product. Behind every swag piece that is handed out, there is a team admin who is the gatekeeper of counting, tracking, organizing and making sure there is enough swag across all the team's needs and events. In this digital era, it can be challenging to keep track of physical inventory, especially when you don't have time to constantly monitor folks in person. For all the admins responsible for managing their team’s swag inventory – this week’s beginner FOTW is for you! In this beginner FOTW, we focus on how to use triggers like "Create new item" in SharePoint lists to trigger a swag order approval request that is sent to your admin to help them efficiently track what swag inventory is needed for specific events.

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Advanced | Flow of the Week: Filtering Data with OData

A question that we frequently receive is how can I filter out data before it gets to Microsoft Flow? The answer to this question is: OData filter queries. In this blog post we are going to cover some of the most popular OData filter queries using some of our most popular connectors including SQL Server, Dynamics 365 and SharePoint Online.

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Intermediate | Flow of the Week: How to Archive Completed Items in a SharePoint List

As the Flow Community Manager, AT Chang manages, schedules and publishes lots of written content for the Flow community. To keep publications on schedule, she organizes all her written publication requests in a SharePoint list. Follow along as she takes basic Flow functions like moving items from one SharePoint list to another, boolean conditions, and starting approvals to an intermediate level that allows her to keep her SharePoint list of upcoming publish items fresh by archiving all items that have been completed/published.

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Microsoft Flow Learning Resources

As the PM focused on Community and Engagement, I often get asked for resources to aid our customers on their Microsoft Flow journey. Below is a set of links we've curated to help novice, intermediate and advanced users as they take this journey with us. We hope you find it useful and if you think we should add anything to this list, please do let us know!

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Intermediate | Microsoft Flow: Using Teams + Planner + Bizzy = Efficiency on the go!

In this video Follow along as I take an outing on a sunny day and am still able to be productive in my work along the journey by using Bizzy to show me what items are overdue in my Planner. This way I can be sure and act on the highest priority items for the day and not miss the important stuff! Come see how it works and how its made and join in the discussion about Flow!

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Beginner | Flow of the Week: Sending Valentines via Flow

Hello Flow Fans! Happy Valentines Day! I am here today with a quick and easy blog post to teach you how to use Flow to take your Valentines Day note sending to an automated level! I was thinking, do I really want to go through the hassle of buying cards, filling them out, licking a bunch of envelopes and then hunting down my targeted valentine receivers?! Not really! And so this year, I am going to build myself the "Flow Button Valentine Generator 3000" - The ultimate valentine sharing machine - and then share it with you!

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Gateway High Availability and increased limits for Apply to each

You can now create highly available clusters of On-Premises Data Gateways, to ensure your organization can always access on-premises data used in Flow, and not be tied to a single machine that may go down. Additionally, we are improving Apply to each to be able to process up to 100,000 items in a single flow run and up to 50 items in parallel.

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Beginner | Flow of the Week: How to Extract Email Data and Send to SharePoint List

We are excited to share today's Flow of the Week co-authored by Courtenay from Parserr.com. In this tutorial, she walks us through how to use Microsoft Flow to extract email (and attachment) data and send it directly to a SharePoint list. Our Flow community is constantly innovating on how they use Flow to solve their business needs. We are so excited for opportunities like this to share their creative work with the larger Flow community!

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