Get an overview of Microsoft Flow. It's part of the Power platform, uses the Common Data Service for apps, and extends the capabilities of SharePoint and other apps.
- [Instructor] Microsoft Flow is a tool to create personalized automated workflows using software as a service, or SaaS online services. Services like Facebook, Twitter, SharePoint, Dynamics 365, Yammer, Wonderlist, Instagram, One Drive, Dropbox, and Outlook. Microsoft Flow is the workflow tool for Microsoft's Power Platform. The two other Power Platform tools are Power BI used to create visualizations and Power Apps for creating mobile-first apps that also run in browsers. The Power Platform, Flow Power BI and Power Apps puts unprecedented power into the hands of end-users. Power that used to be reserved for developers 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 SaaS services, with more services added every month. Using these connections is as easy as logging in to your email, cloud storage, social media, or online business app. And after logging in, we use Microsoft Flow to automate actions with these applications or services. We will often begin to create a flow by using one of the built-in templates. And if there isn't a template that does what we need, we can also design from scratch, building flows in a browser or even on a mobile device. Every flow has required parts, that connection to a service that we'll be using, and then a trigger. A trigger is an event that kicks off a flow. A trigger might be a new email arriving in your inbox, a new item being added to a SharePoint list, or choosing an approval workflow to run from a SharePoint document library. Actions then happen as a result of the trigger firing. An example of an action is sending an email, or posting a Tweet, setting a reminder, or kicking off an approval process. All button flows have something in common. In a button flow, the trigger is always clicking a button. The first flow that we'll create will use Outlook for Office 365 and when you and I click a button on our mobile device, our calendar will automatically be blocked for the next hour.
- Creating a button flow using a template
- Checking, saving, and testing your flow
- Testing the button app on a mobile device
- Managing and sharing button flows
- Building a flow that uses a trigger token
- Creating a flow that captures input
- Creating and testing a Flic flow