Microsoft announces additional September updates for Flow

Microsoft will release additional features for Flow, its automated processing platform, by the end of September. Among the updates are the introduction of Microsoft Graph People Picker and support for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Earlier in the month, the IFTTT-type platform announced that anyone could sign up for free and add a tool to allow developers to directly embed a Microsoft flow template onto websites.

Microsoft claims that Graph People Picker will simplify contact management and email actions. In a Microsoft Blog post, Stephen Siciliano, principal group PM manager for Microsoft Flow, states that, when integrated, it will “help you choose the right contact or email address. This new feature will help to prevent mistyping a colleague's email address."

The inclusion of Dynamics AX, in conjunction with the existing support for Microsoft CRM, allows enterprise users to take direct action on operational data, such as creating new records or querying for existing data. Siciliano adds that users “can now trigger flows based on a record being deleted.”

Microsoft also announced that two new services from software partners would be coming to Flow. The first, appFigures, is a "reporting platform for mobile app developers," which can relay triggers around app events and includes actions for listing all of an individual's products. The other, Insightly, is "a customer relationship and project management tool," which Microsoft says will be coming soon to the platform.

Microsoft describes Flow as a platform that “creates automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, [and] collect data." Each 'flow' allows users to connect and automate web services, files, and cloud-based data from online sources such as Office 365, Dropbox, Twitter and GitHub.

Microsoft announced Flow for desktop back in April alongside a public preview of its PowerApps. Flow came to iOS in June, while a public beta of the app launched for Android in July.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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