Get in the Microsoft Flow
Microsoft's newly released Flow is a cloud-based service (with apps for Android and iOS) that simplifies the automation of tasks and processes across applications and services including Office 365, Slack, Dropbox, SalesForce.com, Dynamics 365 and many more. Consider it the IFTT or Yahoo Pipes for the Microsoft-friendly business class.
Microsoft Flow has actually been in Public Preview since April 2016 and over 100,000 people in 61,00 companies have used the service, but Flow is now in general availability and it is bringing new administration, connectivity and usability features with it.
Enterprises, for example, will be able to store their flows by geography or team, and when an new environment is created, the geographic location can be selected. Microsoft currently offers the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australia, India, and Japan as regions, with more coming soon.
Along with the introduction of environments, Microsoft is also introducing the Flow Admin Center, a centralized management console for IT administrators to control the environment inside of their organization. Admins can establish data-loss prevention policies to control the flow of data and the use of services within their organization. Soon after general availability, admins will be able to also view the usage of services by its organization’s flows.
Compared to IFTTT, Flow is compatible with fewer third-party apps (58 supported apps to IFTTT’s 366) at launch. This makes sense, though, given that Flow is designed to be used at an enterprise level while IFTTT targets Internet of Things users.
Microsoft Flow is available for free and starts at $5 per user monthly if you want to run Flows more often (the free version limits you to 750 runs per month). It’s being released alongside PowerApps, a business app building tool for non-coders. You can sign up for Flow with any email — no association with Office required.