Q1 Update for Microsoft Flow

In Q1 of 2017, Microsoft Flow rapidly delivered new functionality and iterated with customers. Today, Microsoft Flow is announcing modernized approval processes for businesses of all sizes, with the ability to create an approval process in seconds using rich templates and a smooth mobile experience for approving or rejecting requests on the go and the ability to surface actions directly in other Microsoft products like Outlook. Collaborative flow creation and management, key for many essential business process, is reaching General Availability today, and much more!


Flow Community Blog Highlights

Have you visited the Flow Community blog lately? Along with rapidly growing forums, fun and informative events, and ways to leave feedback, the Community blog is a platform for you to share ideas with your peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. To get started, simply message me, @JessicaC, with a rough title for your post and a couple of sentences to describe your topic. Now let's check out some great posts from May!

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Seven new connectors and other new features like converting HTML to plain text

This week we have introduced seven new connectors: Azure Application Insights - an extensible analytics service that helps you understand the performance and usage of your live web application, Calendly, Content Conversion for converting HTML content, such as from emails, to plain text, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Teamwork Projects, and Teradata.

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Flow of the Week: Local code execution

Today, we want to talk about something that opens up the flow beyond the scope of connecting cloud services and being able to help running tasks on your local computer. Very often I forget to lock my computer before leaving the desk only to remember it later in a meeting, but by this time the damage would already be done, such as a prank e-mail to the team from my mailbox. Let's look at a solution using Flow, Gateways, File System connectors, and basic PowerShell scripting.

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Get notified about flow failures, customize columns for tables, and more!

Microsoft Flow will now send email notifications when a flow fails -- so you can always know as soon as something goes wrong. In addition, when working with list of items, you can now customize the columns, for example, when generating an HTML email. This week we are also adding support for Microsoft Forms - a new part of Office 365 Education that allows teachers and students to quickly and easily create custom quizzes, surveys, questionnaires, registrations and more. PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are now included with the Office 365 Enterprise K1 plan as well.

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Don't miss these community events at the Data Insights Summit!

It's just one week until the Microsoft Data Insights Summit! If you're attending, make sure to check out all the exciting community events we'll be hosting in between panels and networking opportunities. We've got a QR Code Scavenger Hunt, prize giveaways, and an exciting Virtual Reality immersive experience. Of course our very popular photo booth will return this year with even more hats and props, as well as the famous Swag Prize Wheel! We'll also be holding a raffle to attend limited book signings with keynote speakers Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, the authors of Freakonomics, and keynote speaker Alberto Cairo, author of The Truthful Art and The Functional Art.

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