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!

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How to use Microsoft Flow to manage donations

In this walkthrough, Troy Hunt, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, shows how he used Microsoft Flow to automate PayPal donation processing, including individually thanking each donator with a personal email. This post is reprinted from Troy's professional blog.

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Introducing the Microsoft Flow Community Blog

The Microsoft Flow Community was created as a place for Flow users to learn and interact together, and so today we're happy to announce the official launch of our latest feature: the Flow Community Blog. The blog is your platform to share knowledge with peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. We want to hear what’s got you thinking about Microsoft Flow and workflow automation!

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Microsoft Planner is now supported in Flow, and introducing the PowerApps Community plan and admin access to all user licenses

The top asked-for connector, Microsoft Planner, is now available in Microsoft Flow! This means you can easily get planner tasks created whenever you flag an email, copy items from a SharePoint list, and much more. We are also part of the new PowerApps Community Plan, and administrators can see all of the Flow and PowerApps licenses in the Microsoft Flow Admin Center.

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Introducing the new Azure AD connector, Shared Mailboxes support, and much more!

This week we have several different new features we would like to highlight. First, Microsoft Flow now can perform Azure Active Directory admin actions, such as creating users, changing managers or adding users to groups. Second, we have made a number of improvements to the Office 365 Outlook connector, including working with mail in Shared Mailboxes and handling automatic replies. Third, you can now create your flows in Canada. Fourth, custom API developers can now add triggers to their custom APIs with webhooks. Fifth, administrators can manage flow owners in the Microsoft Flow admin center. Sixth, we have new connector reference documentation. Finally, Microsoft Flow now connects to Nexmo and Paylocity.

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Boost Operational Responsiveness with Microsoft Flow and Nexmo

What’s the best way to notify stakeholders when a business item needs immediate attention? Is it an email marked as high priority? A push notification from a mobile app? A direct message in Slack? All are perfectly viable business communication channels, but if those stakeholders are like most people, none will get their attention as consistently as SMS text messages. Studies from SinglePoint and mobileSQUARED have shown SMS open rates in the range of 97-99%, which dwarfs the open rate of any other communications channel. With the messaging capabilities now available in Microsoft Flow from Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, you can make sure all important business notifications are delivered via SMS or text-to-speech messages. Augmenting your existing notifications with ad hoc, custom SMS alerts—or creating entirely new ones—will ensure nothing important falls through the cracks. Learn more in this post!

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A fun guide to using Power BI with Microsoft Flow

In Sweden there is a company called Hemglass that delivers ice cream to people’s homes in refrigerated vans. We are going to enter this market and try to beat them at their own game and for that we are going to use Microsoft Flow and Power BI. Using Flow, every morning we will collect the weather forecast and send it to our drivers using Office 365, so they know how much they should stock on their vans. We will also send the data to Power BI so we can store it in our records. We can, after a while, compare the weather data with the sales in our vans and develop a more accurate stock strategy.

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Upcoming opportunities at Microsoft Build 2017 and the Microsoft Data Insights Summit

The Microsoft Flow team will be attending Microsoft Build 2017 next week, May 10–12, in Seattle, WA, and would like to meet you there. Join us to discuss your feedback using our services, get answers/assistance for any questions, or cover any other topics of interest; register now. Next month, we will be at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, an event is packed with strong technical content, hands-on workshops, and a great lineup of speakers. Register now to join us at the conference, June 12–13, 2017 in Seattle, WA — and be sure to sign up for your 1:1 session with a Microsoft expert.

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