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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How to: State machines in Microsoft Flow

In this blog post, Serge Luca will illustrate how to build flows that need to use a State Machine. Although Microsoft Flow doesn't have an out-of-box construct for a State Machine - you can build one by using a loop and a switch case.

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Rich text in approvals and multi-select inputs for buttons

Starting this week you can use Markdown to format the approval details that you send. These approvals will show up formatted in the Flow mobile app, the Flow website and the flow emails. Another new feature is the ability to build flow buttons that use a multiple selection list to collect more than one value at once.

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On-Demand: Flow Team Hangout Chat - April 27, 2018

Ever wanted to meet the people behind Microsoft Flow? Now's your chance - you can now catch up on the Flow Team Hangout Chat from 4/27/18 on-demand on our Flow Community Webinars & Video Gallery. Hangout guests featured: Anh-Thu Chang (Flow Community Manager), Anjli Chaudhry (Principal Program Manager), Jon Levesque (Senior Program Manager), Kent Weare (Principal Program Manager), Merwan Hade (Senior Program Manager), Stephen Siciliano (Principal Group PM Manager), and Sunay Vaishnav (Senior Program Manager). Watch now.

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Walkthrough: Use Flow in PowerApps to upload files or return data tables

This month we released new "Respond to PowerApps" functionality. In this post, we’ll walk through examples of two scenarios: uploading, and then displaying in the PowerApp, images stored in OneDrive for Business (or other cloud locations), and, returning a Table of data back to a PowerApp (such as from a SQL query or Excel workbook).

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Beginner | Flow of the Week: Get Seattle weather reports delivered to my email.

It's Spring time in Seattle!! But just like classic Seattle, there will inevitably be some surprise rain showers. As someone who commutes to a full day of work and post-work activities in the evening, I need to be able to properly pack for the day. But how do I know if I need to bring my rain gear with me or leave it at home? The manual process of checking the weather every morning before I leave sounds like something I could easily forget...oh wait, this sounds like something Flow can help me automate & solve! Keep following along with this step-by-step of how I used an existing Microsoft Flow template to plug & chug my scenario requirements and parameters to better help me make informed packing decisions for my day.

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Beginner | Flow of the Week: Ditch the business card, use Flow!

Today's Flow of the Week is originally authored by Jon Levesque. In this tutorial, he walks us through why he ditched the paper business card and how he uses a Microsoft Flow to stay connected with new people in this digital age. Our Flow staff are constantly innovating on how they use Flow to solve their own business needs. We are so excited for opportunities like this to share their creative work with the larger Flow community!

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Return data to PowerApps from a flow, build lists in a flow, and test a flow with previous run data

Build flows that can be called from an app built with PowerApps, and return data back to the app. This means you can use the visual drag-and-drop flow designer to build the logic you need for the app. We have also added a new list builder into flow that can be used for adding multiple attachments to an email, for example. Finally, we have added a new Test flow button to the designer that lets you test your flow with trigger data from previous flow runs.

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Advanced | Flow of the Week: Get an email with a list of places in your current location based on a Point of Interest

We are excited to share today's Flow of the Week co-authored by Flow MVP Ahmad Najjar. In this tutorial, he walks us through how to use Microsoft Flow to get an email with a list of places in your current location based on a point of interest. Our Flow community members are 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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Advanced | Flow of the Week: Localize messages used in Flows using JSON object variables

Object variables can be used to provide "lookup table" functionality to Flows that need to initialize sets of variables together. The coalesce function can help with "fallback" or default behavior for keys that aren't found in the table. This Flow of the Week will show how to use this technique to select sets of localized strings for use in easily generating emails in different languages from a single Flow.

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Approvals in the Common Data Service for Apps and seven more updates

Modern approvals data in Flow is built on the latest version of the Common Data Service for Apps. This means that you can build flows that read the status of the approvals you send or receive with the CDS connector. In addition, we have seven other updates, including new buttons to find errors in Apply to each loops, Approval reassignment, support for the United Kingdom region and more!

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