Get an overview of Microsoft Flow, a development platform for citizen developers. Part of the Power Platform, it uses the Common Data Service for Apps and extends the capabilities of SharePoint, Dynamics, and other apps.
- [Instructor] Microsoft Flow is a tool that is used to create personalized, automated workflows between online services, services like Facebook and Twitter, SharePoint, Dynamics 365, Dropbox, OneDrive, MailChimp, Wunderlist. The list of software as a service, or SaaS services, is growing. Microsoft Flow is a workflow tool for Microsoft's Power Platform. The other Power Platform tools are Power BI, used to create visualizations, and Power Apps, used to create mobile first and browser applications. The Power Platform, as a whole, puts unprecedented power into the hands of end users, power that used to be reserved for developers, for people who write code. If you're a skilled user, you can leverage Flow to create your own business solutions and become a citizen developer. And for those of us who write code, Microsoft Flow provides a fast, easy-to-use alternative to the workflow creation tools found in Visual Studio or SharePoint Designer. Flow connects to more than 200 services with more services added each month, services like email, cloud storage, social media, and online business applications. Using these connections is as easy as logging into them and after logging in, we use Microsoft Flow to automate actions between the services, often beginning with one of more than 100 commonly used templates. If there isn't a template that does what we want to do, we can also build from scratch, designing flows in a browser or even on our mobile device. Every flow has required parts. First is the connection we just discussed, then a trigger. A trigger is an event that kicks off a flow. It can be something like a new email hitting your inbox, an item being added to a SharePoint list, or clicking a button on a mobile device. Actions are what you want to happen when a trigger fires. Examples of actions include sending an email, posting a tweet, or sending a reminder. In the first flow that we will create, we will connect from SharePoint Online to the Flow notification center. The trigger that we will use is a user requesting approval for a document and the action then is to process that approval request, including sending out appropriate notifications to the approver and returning information when they have approved or rejected our request.
- Creating an approval flow in SharePoint
- Responding to an approval request
- Responding to approvals from your mobile device
- Sharing flows with your team
- Adding actions to an approval flow
- Formatting approval emails with Markdown