In April, Microsoft introduced Flow, a new tool allowing business users "to mash-up two or more different services", offering similar functionality to IFTTT (If This Then That). It described Flow as "a service for automating workflow across the growing number of apps and SaaS services that business users rely on", and today, the company is extending its availability to mobile users.
Key features of the new Flow mobile app include the ability to:
- Start and stop flows directly from the mobile app
- Review detailed run history on specific flows
- View and filter runs by notification type
- Get real time notifications for important events
Adi Regev, Principal Program Manager for Flow Mobile, highlighted a few examples of how the app has helped him in his professional workflow:
- Instantly respond to critical emails - There are specific cases when I need to respond in real-time, and in these cases even checking my email periodically isn’t enough. I want to know about those cases as soon as they happen. For example, a high priority email from my manger, or from a VIP customer. Check out this template.
- Get a notification whenever a file is added or updated – often myself and my team members collaborate on the same file, or on a shared SharePoint folder. In these cases, I want to know when our shared file changed so that I can review these changes, without having to sporadically check the folder. Here’s a template I use.
- Get a notification when a certain keyword was retweeted more than 100 times today – When Microsoft Flow was launched, I was excited to track the social attention it got. I used a flow that sent me a push notification for each tweet that started trending including a link to the respective tweet template.
Microsoft Flow is available to download today for iOS, and will be available for Android devices "soon".
You can find out more about Flow and the functionality that it offers in our preview article, or in the video below:
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