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

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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!

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

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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.

Intermediate | Flow of the Week: Addressing User Feedback with Flow

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Learn about a flow that the Flow team uses to follow-up on user feedback. A bug is automatically created in Visual Studio for every user comment that is tagged with ‘Open Bug’. This ensures that feedback isn’t lost and is tracked in Visual Studio for an engineer to begin investigation.

Intermediate | Flow of the Week: How to Archive Completed Items in a SharePoint List

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As the Flow Community Manager, AT Chang manages, schedules and publishes lots of written content for the Flow community. To keep publications on schedule, she organizes all her written publication requests in a SharePoint list. Follow along as she takes basic Flow functions like moving items from one SharePoint list to another, boolean conditions, and starting approvals to an intermediate level that allows her to keep her SharePoint list of upcoming publish items fresh by archiving all items that have been completed/published.

Announcing the Microsoft Flow User Groups

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Hey Flow Fans! The Microsoft Flow USER GROUPS Have officially launched! Get signed up to participate in a group, or be a real ROCK STAR and Lead One! More information inside!

Introducing “Request sign-off” for SharePoint users, four new connectors and other improvements

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When you select a file or item in SharePoint, you’ll see a new Request for sign-off flow. This flow doesn’t require any configuration or setup, and sends a sign-off request with a single click. This month we have four new connectors: Cloud Connect Studio, Dynamic Signal, Elastic OCR, and PoliteMail. Also, we have a new video to help explain the key concepts when you build a flow from scratch.

Beginner | Flow of The Week: An Introduction to Microsoft Flow

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Microsoft Flow Introduction – This is a 100 level introduction to The Microsoft Flow website, learning materials, and ways to find help. Share this video with coworkers and friends that you think could benefit from Flow as a great 1st step for them to understand the ecosystem and tools! Also, this post will be a great spot to ask those entry level questions relating to the Microsoft Flow Intro.

Automate Citrix remote apps and remote desktops with the July 2020 update to UI flows in Power Automate

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We are happy to announce that Citrix Workspace users can now test in Public Preview our new feature which will allow you to record and playback actions from your Citrix remote applications and desktop.

Announcing support for Office Scripts in the Excel Online (Business) connector

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The addition of the new “Run script” action to the Excel connector dramatically expands its applications and capabilities, far beyond what was previously possible.

Run multiple concurrent UI flows on a single Windows Server device – High Density

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We are excited to announce that the June release brings support for multi-user sessions for Windows Server. This will allow you to run multiple UI Flows in parallel on a single Windows Server machine.

Automate the digital workspace with Microsoft Power Automate and Microsoft Teams

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Learn about the new connectors, triggers and more available with Power Automate and Microsoft Teams. You can streamline how you work and launch a workflow directly from Teams, expand automations within Teams through new connecter updates, and, automate with Dataverse.

Azure Active Directory authentication in the SQL Server connector

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We recently added support for Active Directory authentication in the SQL Server connector. This has been one of the most requested feedback from our customers. In this post, I want to give an overview of how you can use this feature.

On-premises data gateway July 2019 update is now available

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The July On-premises Gateway release requires a new version of the .NET framework.

Robotic process automation now in preview in Microsoft Power Automate

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Today we’re announcing the preview of UI flows, which adds robotic process automation (RPA) capabilities to Microsoft Power Automate (previously Microsoft Flow).

Microsoft Flow Conference 2019 Recap

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The Microsoft Flow Conference 2019 Content is Available on-demand! Check it out and connect with all of the presenters!

Add-on allocation for Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, and AI Builder is now available

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We announced in July licensing options for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.  These are available to purchase from the Office admin center and you can now allocate add-ons in the Power Platform Admin center.

15 new connectors and use Azure AD with the SQL Server connector

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In February we passed 300 connectors — including the new SAP ERP connector. Since then, we’ve added 15 new connectors from many different partners. Moreover, you can use Azure AD authentication for Azure SQL Databases — providing significant security benefits for Power Automate authors and users. This feature enables each user to connect to a SQL Azure database with their own credentials.

File attachments in Approval Flows

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We are releasing the ability to pass files from a connector action to the Approvals action step, so that you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with sharing just enough information that’s needed.

Work better with the Common Data Service in Power Automate

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There are now a number of new features available in the Common Data Service (current environment) connector that bring automated flows closer to parity with the classic Common Data Service workflows – and in some cases, bring new functionality that was never possible with classic workflows, such as working with the new image and file data types.

Approval workflows for adding a site to a SharePoint hub

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SharePoint hub sites help you meet the needs of your organization by connecting and organizing sites based on a project, department, and more. SharePoint site owners can now be prompted to create and run an approval process whenever they want to join a SharePoint Hub site in their organization.

Desktop flow queues now generally available

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With desktop flow queues, you can easily orchestrate and scale your robotic process automation (RPA) across one or multiple machines in your business. Today, we are happy to announce the general availability of desktop flow queues.

Power Automate Desktop January 2021 update

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Power Automate Desktop comes with new updates in January 2021 release, including the introduction of variable value viewers, easier creation of connection strings, as well as performance improvements.

Looking Back on Power Automate’s 2020

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Read a review of some the biggest updates to Power Automate from 2020.

Mars automates enterprise IT processes using Power Automate

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Mars, Incorporated, is a global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food and food products, and provides animal care services. Mars has been a proud, family-owned business for over 100 years with over 130,000 employees spread across the globe. There are several teams at Mars responsible for supporting the daily global enterprise processes. One of these teams is the Digital Demand Engineering team with employees based in North America and Europe. In this team, a Collaboration Architect transformed several enterprise use cases by automating their processes with Power Automate cloud flows.

Power Automate for desktop – April 2022 update

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Power Automate for desktop comes with new additions in April 2022 release, including built-in, ready to run examples in the console and a cloud or region picker.