ATOI365D#Office365Challenge I’m pretty tired of redoing or duplicating work, because it sits on different platforms or because adding automation would add complexity. If you feel the same – you will LOVE Microsoft Flow!

Day: 244 of 365, 121 left
Tools: Office 365 / SharePoint / Flow
Description: What is Microsoft Flow?

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Let’s start with the basics. What is Microsoft Flow?

Microsoft Flow is a preview, cloud-based, business-automation service with which you can build simple processes that make your business move more quickly and efficiently with less effort. You can connect to a broad range of services through easy-to-use templates and create your own processes that are tailored to your goals. – Microsoft

I found this article on Websetnet that explained the technical side of things really well:

It’s not uncommon for applications and services to have publicly accessible Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, allowing developers to create sophisticated solutions that utilize many apps or services from different providers. Enterprise products, such as SharePoint, provide a means to implement workflows, but the ability to connect to apps or services provided by third parties is often a complex affair. And for us mere mortals, tapping into this technology has until now generally relied on IT professionals or developers to provide the necessary skills to code a solution. Websetnet Read More…

In other words, Flow is a tool used to connect different apps / services, not only limited to SharePoint Online / On-premises. Currently it allows you to connect to 58 different services and has many templates available for use. This AWESOME illustration by Hugh Macleod perfectly illustrates what Flow will allow us to achieve:

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When creating a new Flow, you are able to filter by category or search. Using existing templates really helped me a lot in building rather complex solutions – very quickly. Currently there are 345 templates available (this changes everyday).

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Pricing:

Microsoft Flow is currently in preview and available at no cost. Free and paid service levels are planned for when the service is in general release, with details to follow closer to the release date. Features that are available at no cost during the preview period may be discontinued or become part of a paid tier at general availability. – Microsoft

Below are the services currently available to connect to: 

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Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be working with Flow and I’ll try my best to share examples of templates and services used.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

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