Microsoft Flow Spring 2018 Update

Today we are announcing a new type of flow: a Business process flow. These flows, based on the Common Data Service for Apps, define a set of steps for people to follow to take them to a desired outcome. We also have a number of new integrations coming, including a Flow add-in for Excel. With this new add-in, you can create or trigger automation on an Excel table with the Flow button the Data tab in the ribbon. Finally, we have several new features coming to help you repair flows and build flow solutions that support full application lifecycle management.

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Beginner | Flow of the Week: Ditch the business card, use Flow!

Today's Flow of the Week is originally authored by Jon Levesque. In this tutorial, he walks us through why he ditched the paper business card and how he uses a Microsoft Flow to stay connected with new people in this digital age. Our Flow staff are constantly innovating on how they use Flow to solve their own business needs. We are so excited for opportunities like this to share their creative work with the larger Flow community!

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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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Advanced | Flow of the Week: Get an email with a list of places in your current location based on a Point of Interest

We are excited to share today's Flow of the Week co-authored by Flow MVP Ahmad Najjar. In this tutorial, he walks us through how to use Microsoft Flow to get an email with a list of places in your current location based on a point of interest. Our Flow community members are constantly innovating on how they use Flow to solve their business needs. We are so excited for opportunities like this to share their creative work with the larger Flow community!

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Advanced | Flow of the Week: Localize messages used in Flows using JSON object variables

Object variables can be used to provide "lookup table" functionality to Flows that need to initialize sets of variables together. The coalesce function can help with "fallback" or default behavior for keys that aren't found in the table. This Flow of the Week will show how to use this technique to select sets of localized strings for use in easily generating emails in different languages from a single Flow.

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Approvals in the Common Data Service for Apps and seven more updates

Modern approvals data in Flow is built on the latest version of the Common Data Service for Apps. This means that you can build flows that read the status of the approvals you send or receive with the CDS connector. In addition, we have seven other updates, including new buttons to find errors in Apply to each loops, Approval reassignment, support for the United Kingdom region and more!

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Advanced | Flow of the Week: Get an email with the members of your Office 365 groups

In this Flow of the Week, learn about how to work with Office 365 Groups and Office 365 Users. This flow will get all of the members of an Office 365 Group you own and send you an email report with those members (with details about each member). It will demonstrate a few advanced concepts like appending to variables , building an HTML email and using nested Apply to each.

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