Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service that makes it practical and simple for line-of-business users to build workflows that automate time-consuming business tasks and processes across applications and services.
Microsoft Flow has two distinct audiences: - Line-of-business “Citizen Integrators” in enterprise organizations who partner with IT to move responsibility for business solutions closer to the business itself. - IT decision makers who want to empower line-of-business partners to create their own solutions so IT professionals and integration specialists can focus their expertise on more advanced integration tools, such as Azure Logic Apps.
Microsoft Flow provides features that help line-of-business users create automated workflows. Logic Apps is an Azure service that provides the same great features of Microsoft Flow, plus features such as integration with Azure Resource Manager and the Azure Portal, PowerShell and xPlat CLI, Visual Studio, and additional connectors. Learn more about Logic Apps.
Microsoft Flow is part of a powerful and adaptable business application platform that includes PowerApps, the Common Data Service, Dynamics 365, and Office 365. This platform allows our customers, our partners, and our ISV partners to create purpose-built solutions for their own companies, their industry, for functional roles or even for specific geographies. Line-of-business users, who understand their business needs best, can now easily analyze, compose, and streamline data and processes. Professional developers can easily extend the automation, analytics and apps line-of-business to leverage Azure services like Functions, App Service, and Logic Apps. API connectors, gateways and the Microsoft Common Data Service make it possible to get more value out of services or data already in use, either in the cloud or on-premises.
To use Microsoft Flow, all you need is a web browser and an email address.
Microsoft Flow supports Microsoft Edge and the current versions of Chrome and Safari.
Microsoft Flow supports email addresses that end with anything except .gov and .mil.
Microsoft Flow is a public cloud service only. However, you can securely connect to your own on-premises services through the on-premises data gateway.
Microsoft Flow connects to more than 100 data sources out of the box, and we’re adding more all the time. Some examples of data sources and services include the following: - SharePoint - Dynamics 365 - OneDrive - OneDrive for Business - Google Drive - Google Sheets - Trello - Twitter - Box - Facebook - SalesForce.com - Mailchimp - Customer APIs
You can find a full list of available connectors here.
You can access data sources in your own IT infrastructure through the on-premises data gateway.
Templates are pre-built flows for popular and common scenarios. Using a template only requires you to have access to the services in the template and to fill out any required settings.
You can connect to more than 100 standard services from Microsoft and third parties, such Office 365, Twitter, SharePoint, OneDrive, Dropbox, SQL Server, and more. You can also connect to premium services such as Salesforce and the Common Data Service for PowerApps.
You can connect to any REST API that uses JSON and supports at least one of more than 10 authentication methods by creating a custom connector.
You can connect to services on your local network using the on-premises data gateway.
You can share flows in either of these ways:
Microsoft Flow comes with up to 50 flows. If you need more, you can request them.
Get started with the following resources:
Microsoft Flow is available in 42 languages and six regions.
Microsoft Flow is the successor to SharePoint Designer for many common business scenarios such as approvals, document review, and onboarding/offboarding. It will be the default tool for building business automation in SharePoint moving forward.
Administrators can create data loss prevention policies to ensure that only sanctioned services are used in Microsoft Flow.
Yes. You can use our free offering, which has limited user rights, or you can sign up for a free 90-day trial of Microsoft Flow. You can activate your subscription at any time during your trial.
Microsoft Flow offers both free and paid service levels. Learn more about pricing.