There are a number of nifty services out there that will connect various services together, such as Twitter and OneNote, to accomplish tasks like creating notes from new favorited tweets. Zapier and IFTTT are two of the more popular examples, and they work well across a host of different services.
Now, as WalkingCat points out on Twitter, Microsoft has its own version called Microsoft Flow:
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) April 28, 2016
Flow looks a good deal like the other tools, supporting many of the same services along with some specific Microsoft properties. Available templates (equivalent to Zapier’s Zaps and IFTTT’s recipes) include the sample below.
The list of sources are a bit limited compared to the other services, but if you’re an organization that uses Microsoft solutions, they’re a nice sampling to assist with your productivity needs.
- Office 365
- Google Drive
- Dynamics CRM
Some of the functionality that Flow can bring you include getting notifications, synchronizing files, organizing data, and automating approvals. Flow is free, but you’ll need an organizational version of Office 365 such as Business or Education. If you do, then you can go here to sign in and start using Flow. Some examples of data sources that Flow can pull from include:
- an Excel file in a cloud-storage account such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive
- a Google sheet
- a SharePoint list
- Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with custom entities
- a SQL Azure table
We’d love to see Microsoft put together a version for consumer Office 365 that integrates with Outlook email and doesn’t require an organizational Office 365 license. These tools can be incredibly powerful productivity enhancers, and we’d love to see Microsoft jump into that game for all of us.