Introducing Microsoft Flow integration in Excel

Flow is now integrated into Microsoft Excel! With this integration that uses the For a selected row trigger and the Flow launch panel, you can create and trigger on-demand flows for selected rows in any Excel table on spreadsheets hosted in SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. The Microsoft Flow for Excel add-in enables you to connect your data to a wide range of services such as SharePoint, Outlook 365, Dynamics 365, Teams, Visual Studio Online, Twitter, Approvals, etc. In this post, we’ll walk you through this new capability with a hands-on example.

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Announcing the Flow Preview Program

The Flow Preview program is the way to get early access to the upcoming functionality and updates for Microsoft Flow. All you need to do is to create an environment in Preview region, and you will get early access to the newest features. With the Preview Program, not only you can try out and learn about the upcoming capabilities, but also validate that your flows work as expected with the upcoming updates.

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Flow is available in Excel and the Outlook Web App, introducing Business process flows, and more!

There are two new flow integrations: with the new Flow button in Excel, you can create and trigger automation directly on tables in your worksheets, and, you can now create flows that sync tasks to Microsoft ToDo in the Outlook Web App. Second, we are introducing a new type of flow: the Business process flow -- a stateful, human-interactive flow based on the Common Data Service for Apps. Finally, Microsoft Flow has four new connectors: Azure IoT Central, Survey 123, LMS365 and ProjectWise Design Integration, and, improvements to the SharePoint connector.

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Introducing "Request sign-off" for SharePoint users, four new connectors and other improvements

When you select a file or item in SharePoint, you’ll see a new Request for sign-off flow. This flow doesn't require any configuration or setup, and sends a sign-off request with a single click. This month we have four new connectors: Cloud Connect Studio, Dynamic Signal, Elastic OCR, and PoliteMail. Also, we have a new video to help explain the key concepts when you build a flow from scratch.

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Microsoft Flow PowerShell Cmdlets, new Flow bot capabilities, a Marketo connector and more!

This week we are excited to share that the Microsoft Flow PowerShell Cmdlets are available -- these allow both Flow Makers, and Tenant Admins, to manage their Flows programmatically. We have also made improvements to the Flow bot inside Microsoft Teams, and, released three new connectors: Marketo, ElasticOCR, and DynamicSignal. Additionally, there are improvements to the Flow user experience: we provide you with additional details when you share (or run shared) flows, and will automatically trim SharePoint URLs you paste into the flow designer.

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Join us at the Microsoft Business Application Summit

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft Flow directly from the team that builds it -- and meet other Flow users -- at the first conference to feature entire tracks dedicated to Flow. The Microsoft Business Application Summit will be held on July 22-24 in Seattle, and you can sign up today. We’re looking forward to seeing you there - register now!

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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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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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