Connecting Flow to the real world - Flows can now be triggered directly from physical buttons

Today I’m happy to introduce a highly-anticipated milestone: Flow users can now trigger their workflows using physical buttons. This capability comes as a first step of connecting Flow to the real world, to enable leveraging Microsoft Flow for so many more business scenarios. The breadth of services which Flow can connect to, and the depth of Flow logic you can apply – all behind a physical button! Need a simple way to order more inventory in a production floor? to call Tech support in a conference room? to track your consulting work hours for various companies? Just push the button. Microsoft is delivering these capabilities through partnerships with two of the leading products in the physical button space, each with its strong and unique business value: Flic by Shortcut Labs, and Bttn by The Button Corporation.

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Calling all SaaS apps: Now you can build your own connector for Flow, Logic Apps and Power Apps

A connector is a wrapper around your API that allows the underlying web app to talk with Flow, Logic Apps and Power Apps. It provides a way for users to connect their own account and leverage a set of pre-built Triggers and Actions for their apps and workflows. By being a part of our growing connector family (currently at 100+), you can enable your users to automate common tasks and build workflows in combination with other social and business applications.

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Integrating a Custom API with Flow

Custom APIs are a great way to use services that we haven't yet added to Microsoft Flow by default. See how I integrated the Web API for Microsoft’s Azure Application Insights platform (dubbed Kusto) as a CustomAPI into PowerApps and Flow. I will also briefly walk through how to upload a Custom API.

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Where twitter meets SQL

Learn how to connect your large and powerful SQL databases to the light-weight agile new world of Tweets. Do even more with Microsoft Flow by making it part of your application.

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