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New features for Microsoft Flow: New connectors and a profusion of templates

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW

Microsoft UK on its Developer blog summarizes nicely several new features of Microsoft Flow. Flow enables setup of automated workflows between apps and services, in order to synchronize files, set up notifications, collect data and more.

As blog author Lee Stott describes, Step One is to sign up or sign in to Flow using a Microsoft account. This you can do from any device, phone included.

The home page for Microsoft Flow offers 84 connectors to popular apps and services, from both Microsoft and third-party providers. Just a few of the Microsoft applications and are:

  • SharePoint
  • Office 365
  • OneDrive
  • Outlook
  • Microsoft Translator

This update includes 13 additional services, a few of which are:

  • Azure Resource Manager which exposes the APIs to manage all your Azure resources.
  • Azure Queues storage provides cloud messaging between application components. Queue storage also supports managing asynchronous tasks and building process work flows.
  • The Chatter enterprise social network for real-time collaboration.
  • The Disqus service for web comments and discussions.
  • Azure DocumentDB, the NoSQL service for highly available, globally distributed apps.
  • Google Contacts, integrating across Google products.
  • GoToMeeting which enables scheduling and virtual attendance.
  • The WordPress application for websites, blogs or apps.

A search tool reveals numerous templates for each application. A quick search of the term "Email" revealed 96 templates with icons indicating the apps to which they apply, including these four utilities:

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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).