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Flow Community Blog Highlights

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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!

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

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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.

Rebinding Deleted or Broken Connections in an Existing Flow

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This simple walkthrough shows you how to fix a flow that has a broken or deleted connection. Connections represent the credentials or configuration that are used to connect to the various services your flow needs, and this walkthough demonstrates fixing them inside of the flow UI designer.

Five new services and improved advanced capabilities for JSON and HTTP

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We five new services in the last week: Azure Data Lake, Bitbucket, Eventbrite, Infusionsoft and Pipedrive. In the flow designer it’s now possible to use authentication with custom HTTP endpoints, and to parse JSON objects returned from APIs. Finally, we added more options for filtering flow runs.

Trigger your Flow buttons from the Flow web site

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You can now trigger Flow buttons right from the Flow web portal. When looking at your list of flows, simply select the “…” menu and choose the Run now command. This week, we are also adding support for five new services, including Oracle Database.

Add comments to steps, Smartsheet support, and more

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This week we have a few new features available, including the ability to add comments to steps, connectivity to Smartsheet, some refinements to the UI to make it easier to rename and save flow, and videos for many of our help documents.

Introducing the new mobile app for Microsoft Flow

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Today, we are pleased to introduce another major piece of our offering: a mobile app now available for download on iOS (soon also on Android). As shows on our short App video, the app gives you the power to manage, track, and explore your automated workflows anytime and anywhere.

Microsoft Flow at WPC 2016

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Check out the Microsoft Flow session from WPC 2016 in Toronto. We cover basic concepts, as well as packaging with Office 365 and our roadmap. Watch it here

Welcome to Microsoft Flow

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Microsoft Flow can accelerate your business so you spend less time on mundane, repetitive tasks, and more time on what you want to do. Take a couple minutes today to sign up for free at https://flow.microsoft.com/.

Power Automate Desktop October 2020 update

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Power Automate Desktop has introduced productivity and development enhancements in October 2020 update, including: run history logs with specific subflow information, action parameters that are grouped together for better legibility and retrieving From and To fields from emails.

AI Builder July 2021 update

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We are excited to announce the general availability of several AI Builder capabilities, new additions which will improve our document automation capabilities, as well as some language and geographic coverage extensions.

Power Automate for desktop – December 2021 update

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Power Automate for desktop comes with new features in December 2021 release, including the unified recorder, the tenant picker, the ability to create copies of flows from the console, as well as multiple improvements over many different actions.

Power Automate for desktop – January 2022 update

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Power Automate for desktop comes with new additions in January 2022 release, including performance improvements during flow authoring and the restructure of Excel instance functionality to support multiple macros.

Tag incoming emails with AI Builder

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AI Builder is a Power Automate capability that provides AI models that are designed to optimize your business processes by gleaning insights from your data. There are many different ways that you can use AI Builder – this is the part one of a 3-part weekly series on some common ways to get started. Almost everyone has to deal with incoming emails as a part of their job – and AI Builder can help you to make meaning of this incoming flow of information.

Introduction to Power Automate RPA desktop flows analytics

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The ability to monitor analytics of overall RPA (Robotic Process Automation) desktop flows is critical, so that you can view the overall automation health and adoption status across the whole organization. You now have two different options to monitor the analytics for RPA desktop flows — from Power Platform Admin Center or using the CoE Starter Kit.

Power Automate UI Flows December 2019 update is now available

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Power Automate UI Flows December 2019 update is now available with new supports for International Keyboard Layout Support and UI Localizations, as well as addressed some playback issues.

AI Builder form processing models can now train using documents that have different layouts

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You can now create a unique form processing model that will extract the same information from up to 100 different document layouts.

Latest innovations to scale automation with Microsoft Power Automate

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Today at Microsoft Build, we announced new ways your organization can streamline business processes at scale with Microsoft Power Automate. Be sure to watch the Microsoft Build session, Exciting innovations in Power Automate, to learn about the latest innovations we’ve made to help to scale automation across your enterprise easier.

Using the HTTP action to make requests with Microsoft Flow

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Learn how to use the HTTP card in your flow. This post shows you how to use the HTTP card to get weather information and use the condition card to send a push notification only if it rains.

Flow of the Week: When I Upload to Youtube, Post to Facebook

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Youtube offers the option to automatically post to Twitter when you upload new videos. With Flow, you can handle that scenario in addition to others, like posting to Facebook or Yammer. Instead of handling these scenarios through separate interfaces (Youtube integrations through the Youtube portal, Instagram integrations through the Instagram portal, etc.), Flow can be the single interface to handle all scenarios, between all your services.

New Google services supported, rename actions and more

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We’ve added support for 3 new Google Services: Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and YouTube, as well as an email service SparkPost. In addition, we have made a number of experience improvements in the flow designer, such as rename, a better delay card, an easier-to-use folder browser, and more.

An advanced flow: Processing Résumé Submissions

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Learn more about the advanced Flow capabilities through a real world example: resume submission processing for the Microsoft Flow development team. This Flow has nine steps, conditions, and uses three different services.

New Power platform Admin Analytics Reports: Sharing and Connectors

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In late September, we announced the public preview release of the Power platform Admin Analytics. In that post we discussed a couple of upcoming reports including sharing and connectors. We have honored that commitment and I am happy to share that both the sharing and connectors reports are available in Microsoft Flow Admin Analytics.

New Microsoft Flow portal navigation and designer experiences

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This week you may have noticed that some parts of the Microsoft Flow experience have changed. As a part of the October release, we are overhauling several key aspects of the Microsoft Flow portal and designer experiences to make it easier to navigate and find actions.

Intermediate | Flow of the Week: Approvals in Teams using Adaptive Cards

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Whats up Flow Community! This week we are bringing you a video tutorial to show you how to add Microsoft Flow Approvals to Microsoft Teams by using Adaptive Cards with Flow MVP Daniel Laskewitz.