IFTTT (an abbreviation for If This Then That) is a popular web-based service that helps users automate connections between other web services. It allows users to automate tasks between other web services by setting up customized conditional statements called recipes. These recipes trigger actions ranging from automatically saving your latest Instagram post on Dropbox to sending a message to your team on Salesforce Chatter or Slack when a meeting is about to start.
Microsoft has now created an Office 365 channel for listing all of the various recipes that work with Office 365’s Mail, OneDrive for Business, Calendar and Contacts. As spotted by The Next Web, Microsoft created 30 new recipes with triggers to other apps. In total the Microsoft channel currently has 54 published recipes that work with a variety of web services for an equally diverse range of possibilities.
They range from the personal, such as automatically creating a calendar event reminding you to get to the gym if you haven’t made your FitBit step goal by the end of the day. But the recipes mostly include more work oriented integrations, such as having emails from a specific address automatically blasted out to your team on Slack or saved as a page on OneNote.
There are also a number of tasks that can help you and your team manage workflows. You could have each meeting that is added to a specific calendar automatically entered into Trello as a task card on your project management board. Users can also have high priority emails automatically become a new task in Todoist.
The channel also includes Office 365 recipes to help you automatically archive or research the latest news. Users can have posts and articles from BuzzFeed, the New York Times, ESPN and others automatically sent to OneNote. You can also archive photos taken in specific locations with your iPhone, or Instagram posts with specific #’s stored in OneDrive for Business.
Other Office 365 recipes which weren't mentioned above support integration with:
- SMS Text Message
The new Office 365 IFTTT channel provides a great way for Office 365 users to start automating their various web services and opens the door for more users to start building their own recipes, finding new ways to utilize Office 365 apps. If you are interested in learning more head over to the Office 365 blog's announcement of the channel to hear about specific recipes, or head over to IFTTT's Office 365 channel to dive into the entire list.Further reading: IFTTT, Microsoft, Office 365, Slack, Todoist, Trello