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Microsoft's IFTTT-like Flow will make it easier to use various services at work

Microsoft is set to launch a new tool called Flow. This offering for businesses is said to make it more convenient to manage two or more services, be it GitHub, Google Drive, Facebook, Twitter or even Slack. Flow, first spotted by WalkingCat on Twitter, will automate workflow across a number of connected SaaS services, minimalizing the time required by employees to manually carry out certain tasks.

The concept is similar to that of IFTT (or "If This Than That"), which allows the creation of specific recipes to automate various supported tasks. What's different about Microsoft's Flow is how it seems to be tailored to business and enterprise customers. Here are some example user cases, as covered by Neowin:

Boss alert! My manager emails me a lot, but with all the email I get, it's easy to miss an email. Luckily, it's very easy to create a flow that sends me a text message whenever my boss sends me an email.What's happening on Twitter? My friends will tell you I'm not very adept at social media, so to help me keep on top of it, I'm integrating Tweets with a tool I am familiar with (Excel). I have a flow set up that searches for tweets about Microsoft Flow and saves them into an Excel file that I can review on my own time. You can even save tweets to SQL, as covered in this blog post.Getting files to work I use OneDrive for Business to store my files, but sometimes I want to easily get the files to SharePoint so my colleagues can see them. I was able to create a flow that copies files from a OneDrive for Business folder up to my team's SharePoint site.Approve This! We have been working on some blog posts to help you understand and get started with Flow, and we wanted to be sure that all of the posts were reviewed and approved. We created a simple approval workflow.

A number of tasks can be carried out automatically by Flow, including the transfer of files between OneDrive and Dropbox, sending a message on Slack when a manager shoots an email out, or firing out a Slack notification and add a card into Trello for new GitHub issues. As well as third-party services and platforms, Microsoft will also include support for the likes of Yammer, SharePoint, Wunderlist, Azure, OneDrive, Dynamics and Office 365.

We'll have to hold out for an official announcement, which shouldn't be too far out.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

29 Comments
  • Irrelevant but I'm planning on updating my Nokia Lumia 920 to w10 preview. What are your suggestion should I do it or it's not worth it??
  • Asking someone with an HTC 8S!U broke my heart.
  • Dude I got this phone from fed 2013 to date. This is my main phone
  • update phone not OS - buy 950xl and get 950 free
  • Hello US - from the rest of the world 
  • I actually have to agree. I bought my 950 on day one, having already waited 3 years after buying my 920 on day one. I also bought one of the Mozo replacement back covers, which makes this phone awesome beyond it's internals. Additionally, I got the largest of the fastest MicroSD cards I could find for photos and video recording (64 GB, 95 MBps... All bigger are slower than that for now). Seriously, it's a worthy replacement for the 920. Oh, and it's much lighter. LOL! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Not everyone has the cash for that Posted via the WC App for W10M on Lumia 730
  • I agree, which is what makes this two for one deal so great. Buy both for the price of one and sell one for half price and make someone else's day too! Use the prices for the addons (or don't get them and save until you need a memory card) Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Yeah but you gotta get the cash for one of them first lmao Posted via the WC App for W10M on Lumia 730
  • Now you understnad e well
  • Well I will when I get the cash but when I get cash I'll switch to Samsung S7 Edge FTW coz windowsphone is lost. The features we got in 2016 are the ones flying arround on other platforms from years ago. I just wana make most of my 920 until I get that cash coz I am now board of 8.1 and lack of basi features
  • It's your decision...so whatever. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android (5x or V10)
  • Well I dont have that cash and plus it is only for USA/Canada and european countries
  • The phone can handle Windows 10 but it won't be as buttery smooth as 8.1. I'd say compare the features of the two and decide if it's worth it. You'll need to put your 920 into Insider Release Preview mode (not Fast or Slow Ring) to get the update if you do decide to go for Windows 10.
  • I just wanted to know if anyone can share those experience with w10 and 920 so I can switch. I will go for the preview option
  • I replaced my old 925 with a new 640. A 950 is too much expensive here in Argentina. My actual 640 with win10 feels like a real update to the 925 in terms of windows 10 speed (not camera or screen). Even a new cuad-core mid-range phone can handle windows 10 in a way that old dual-core phones can’t. If you want windows 10, premium screen and camera go with a 950; Or go with a 640 for windows 10 with a low budget. But a 920/925 with windows 10 won’t be a nice experience as your main phone.-
  • It's fine, I use my 920 on the production release part timr and it's fine. Not any slower than w8.1 and you have access to fairly current features, like edge alone is worth it
  • I bought a BLU Win HD LTE phone last year, which I updated to Win10M last month. Love it. Amazon.com sells them for $89.
  • Sounds good, I can think of many uses for this. It could also help with app development as it could reduce development time when it comes to adding basic workflows into the mix. SharePoint workflows are good, but sometimes you don't need something as cumbersome and this looks great
  • I've automated many things at work for my confidence over the years, often using tools like AutoIt. But sometimes, that's just too much work in itself, so I'm hoping this will develop into a simple, scalable alternative. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Seems bluff
  • Stunning
  • Then Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have one use I know I'll make of this. I get some videos submitted to me by Google Drive for editing, but I actually want them in my OneDrive long-term where I have more space. If I can automatically move them over, I won't even need to keep Google Drive installed on my PC.
  • That's what I'm thinking. My school forces us to use Google Drive and Google Docs, and it's awful. I can avoid it most the time, but group projects always gets me sucked in to the Google Sphere. I'd love to set up a potential workflow that automatically syncs across cloud storage providers, so I can work in the Office Suite that best serves me. Same for other people: I'm sure there are some people who prefer Google Docs, but are forced to use Microsoft's solutions. If this goes both ways: It's a win for everyone.
  • That's what I'm thinking. My school forces us to use Google Drive and Google Docs, and it's awful. I can avoid it most the time, but group projects always gets me sucked in to the Google Sphere. I'd love to set up a potential workflow that automatically syncs across cloud storage providers, so I can work in the Office Suite that best serves me. Same for other people: I'm sure there are some people who prefer Google Docs, but are forced to use Microsoft's solutions. If this goes both ways: It's a win for everyone.
  • This is for everyone, right? I've read the article several times, and it keeps saying it's targeted towards business, but I can think of many non-businessy uses for this. I assume the answer is "yes," since I don't see anything about it being exclusive to enterprise or business or anything, but I'd like to be sure.
  • IFTTT - Cortana Triggers Works great also. Really want IFTTT  DO app But Triggers works great.
  • Oh. Great.