Microsoft has officially announced the previously leaked Microsoft Flow, which offers businesses ways to connect many different services to automate tasks. The company has also launched the public preview of its PowerApps service.

Microsoft PowerApps

Microsoft Flow is similar to IFTT (If This Than That) as it will allow "flows" to be created that connect services together. Those services include Microsoft's own Office 365 and OneDrive along with products and services from third-parties like Twitter, Slack, Dropbox, Google Drive and more. Microsoft says:

Business users can connect their accounts, take advantage of pre-built templates, and create their own flows in an easy visual designer that works anywhere on the web.

In addition, PowerApps, which was first announced in late 2015, has entered the public preview stage. This service allows businesses to create mobile apps for their organization without having to do any coding themselves. The apps will work for Windows, iOS and Android platforms and can be delivered to a business's employees without an app storefront. PowerApps can also be used with Microsoft Flow to connect them with other services.