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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.

How to use Actionable Messages in Outlook with Power Automate

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Power Automate makes it easy to send actionable messages to Microsoft Teams, but did you know it is possible to send an actionable message from a Power Automate flow in an email from a user account?

New ways to innovate with AI and Microsoft Power Automate

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At Microsoft Ignite 2022, we were pleased to share some exciting innovations for Power Automate, empowering makers and pro-coders with new ways to automate and scale enterprise-wide with AI.

Your ultimate email sentiment analysis solution!

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Want to level up your customer service game? Discover how to automatically detect negative customer emails and take immediate action with Power Automate and Microsoft Teams integrated with AI Builder’s sentiment analysis. Don’t miss out on this powerful solution for top-notch email management.

Announcing Deeper SAP Integration for the Power Platform

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Clear Software has led to new functionality for organizations running SAP in Power Apps, Power Automate, and Logic Apps that will enable large-scale adoption of the Power Platform.

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.

Intermediate | Flow of the Week: Remind you to follow up on High Importance emails you send

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When you send an email marked as high importance, you want to get a prompt response. However, sometimes your co-workers may not respond quickly. This flow will remind you four hours after you send an email marked as High Importance, if, and only if, nobody responds to it. Try it now!

Q2 Update for Microsoft Flow

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New updates to Microsoft Flow allow for richer administrative and lifecycle control – solutions built with Flow can be imported and exported as packages. Microsoft Flow also has integration Azure Logic apps: any Flow can now be converted to a Logic app. To enable richer Flow, Customers can now use Excel-like expressions in Flow actions and configure button inputs and button sharing. Finally, a range of Microsoft products – including SharePoint, OneDrive for Business and Dynamics 365 – are adding the power of end-user automation by embedding Flow more deeply in their user experiences and will be available in the coming weeks.

More action settings and four new connectors

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Flow now gives advanced users more control over how their triggers and actions run, including configuring retry policies and pagination. We also released four new connectors: Azure File Storage, Elastic Forms, Plivo, and Video Indexer.

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.

Flow of the Week: Get notified about posts to Yammer, Twitter or Disqus with negative sentiment

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Get notified when someone posts something negative in a Yammer group, about a Twitter keyword, or in a Disqus channel with this flow of the week. It will check if the sentiment is negative with the Cognitive Services Text Analytics API, and if it is, it will translate the post into English, and then send you a push notification to your iOS or Android device with the translated text and a link to the post.

Update your language settings, five new connectors including Adobe Creative Cloud, and more

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This week we added the ability to change your language and region settings independent of your browser’s settings. There are also five new connectors: Adobe Creative Cloud, Bing Maps, Bing Search, JotForm and Freshservice. Finally, there are a number of other small improvements, such as the configuration of timeouts for long running operations like approvals.

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.

Triggers for Microsoft Planner, actions for SharePoint attachments, and other connector improvements

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This week we are announcing that another top request from the community is now available: triggers for the Microsoft Planner connector. A second highly requested feature available this week is to work with Attachments in SharePoint lists. There is a new Flow management connector that can be used to automate the creation and management of flows. We also have four other new connectors: Enadoc, Custom Vision, the D&B Optimizer, and SIGNL4 (Derdack) and new functions in other connectors.

Building flows from scratch that handle Microsoft Forms responses

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This week we are sharing that Microsoft Forms triggers are much faster than before. This blog post walks through how you can build a flow from scratch that uses these new, nearly instantaneous Microsoft Forms triggers.

Get notified when someone edits your flows and new expressions for working with URLs and Objects

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You can make your co-workers Owners of your flows to collaborate on edits. Now, you will get email notifications when another owner modifies one of your flows. We also are adding some new expressions to make it easier to work with URLs and Objects. Finally, there are three new connectors this week: Plumsail SP, Plumsail Forms, and Kintone.

Create flows easily with the new Power Automate app for Teams

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Over the past year, Power Automate has been integrating more deeply with Microsoft Teams to help you automate your work and be more productive. We’ve introduced features like triggering a flow from any message and new Teams actions like create a meeting and mention support that allow rich and complex workflows within Teams.

October Updates for Microsoft Flow

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At Ignite we announced the new UI flows feature, but there were a few other updates in the month of October that we would like to share. Use the new child flow feature to have one flow easy trigger another one. The Flow mobile app can trigger flows when you enter or exit a location. We also have twenty-eight new connectors now available, along with many new actions in the most-used connectors!

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.

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/.

Advanced | Flow of the Week: Automating Intelligent Customer Service using Microsoft Flow, LUIS.ai and Dynamics 365

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As organizations focus on customer obsession, they need to scale their organization to exceed elevated customer expectations. It typically isn’t practical to meet this demand through additional headcount. The question becomes how can I scale my customer service department, without adding labor costs? The answer lies in the phrase “work smarter, not harder”.

Beginner | Flow of the Week: Planner Approval Flow

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Flow MVP Melissa Hubbard writes a Flow of the Week to help you automate Approvals while using Microsoft Planner as your Project Management tool. To learn more about how Melissa completes this Flow, or to learn how to read her other posts, click on in and see who she is and what she has to say!

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.