2019 Release Wave 2 Plan and May Updates for Microsoft Flow

Today we are announcing the availability of the 2019 Release Wave 2 Plan, which covers the main investments coming in October. Additionally, in the past month we’ve made a number of improvements to Flow: build your flows inside of Visio, there are now triggers available in the Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations connector, and there are many improvements in Approvals. Finally, there were thirteen new connectors in May!

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Filter resources in the Flow portal, SharePoint page approvals, and two new connectors

The pages in the Flow portal, including the flow list, now support filtering to find items in the grid. You can now create a page approval flow for SharePoint libraries to add a Flow-driven review process for all new and updated pages. This week there is also two new connectors: Acumatica and Plumsail HelpDesk.

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December updates for Microsoft Flow

This month we have a number of great updates for Microsoft Flow. First, we now clear notifications in the notification center once you have viewed any failures. Flow has documented its Web APIs; for example, you can now programmatically create, share, or delete flows. Flow makers now have more control over the inputs that buttons take, and a new support experience will make it easy to find solutions to issues in the Microsoft Flow portal, without having to open a support ticket. Finally, there are eight new connectors this month including Microsoft Cloud App Security, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), and six partner connectors.

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Microsoft Business Applications Summit is back – join us June 10-11, 2019 in Atlanta!

Connect with experts, collaborate with your community and maximize learning opportunities at Microsoft Business Applications Summit, returning June 10-11, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. This is the premier place for power users, analysts and technical architects to get hands-on with the tools you use every day. Registration is open – don’t miss it!

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Beginner | Flow of The Week: Create and manage a request backlog with Microsoft Flow

You start your day with an idea of what you want to accomplish. It might be deals closed, requests fulfilled or progress on a project. But if you’re anything like me, you’re getting a steady stream of requests that threaten to derail your progress and put your goals at risk. You and your team need focus, but how can you respect and fulfill these requests while staying focused on providing the most value?

Enter Microsoft Flow, which is capable of creating a request engine to take in the most relevant information using Microsoft Forms and then adding cards to a Planner backlog.

Since there isn’t a one-size solution for everyone, there are a few different variations to try out! Let me show you how to clear away the disruptive request cycle and stay focused on the most important things using Microsoft Flow.

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Advanced | Flow of The Week: Convert Office documents to PDF on the fly using Microsoft Flow

Imagine a company where service technicians perform on-site repair of equipment. Inevitably, in doing this sort of work, the technician will need to refer to equipment drawings, service history, past photos, specifications and/or operating manuals.
These days PowerApps is fast-becoming a great option for such a scenario because many field workers prefer to use their phone or a tablet. But PowerApps also has some limitations, and right now that is around the display of documents from SharePoint. For a start, it is impossible to display office documents natively in PowerApps at this time, and there are authentication-related issues in certain circumstances when pulling content from SharePoint.

But fear not… with a 6-step flow, it is possible to solve this problem. This flow allows a remote user to securely request a document from SharePoint, but importantly, converts that document to a PDF on the fly.

There are two big benefits from this:

1. A reduction in time and effort for document controllers. If a document frequently changes, it is most likely in word, excel or PowerPoint format. They do not have to worry about converting it to PDF.

2. It allows the document to be viewed in PowerApps natively (As a result of #2, on top of some Flow kung-fu, we will learn some PowerApp tricks in this article too :-).

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Announcing the Flow checker and four new connectors

Announcing the the Flow checker, which provides an improved validation and error correction experience. You can now get in-context help on where the errors and warnings are in your flows and will be guided on how to correct those errors. We are releasing four new connectors: Parseur, Stormboard and new versions of the Business Central connectors. Additionally, we have made improvements to the Microsoft Translator, Google Calendar and Azure DevOps connectors.

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