LEAKED: Microsoft Crafted a New Tool to Improve Automation

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Introducing Microsoft Flow: A free way to bring together all of your cloud services —inclusive of Slack, GitHub, Twitter, and Google Drive — together in new and novel ways.

Users are able to have their Dropbox files automatically copied to a OneDrive account. Tweets are being saved to a spreadsheet. If it happens that you have used the mega-popular IFTTT service, it’s exactly similar to that, with user-created “flows” to pass on data from one service to another.

More interestingly, it seems like we first figured out about Flow before Microsoft was ready: The annunciatory blog post, dated April 27th 2016, was publicly viewable as of Wednesday afternoon, but the main flow.microsoft.com site didn’t work yet. Both the blog and the site were first eyed by Twitter user “h0x0d.”

Here’s the key image from that blog post:

It also includes example “flows,” like this one:

My manager emails me a lot, but with all the email I get, it’s easy easy to miss an email or. Luckily, it’s very easy to create a flow that sends me a text message whenever my boss sends me an email.

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Or this one:

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[…]

That same blog post brings out that that Flow is based on a tool originally introduced together with Microsoft PowerApps last November as a closed preview. Now, it’s free and accessible to everyone, so maybe give it a try. If nothing else, it’s a great indication of Microsoft’s continued eagerness to work with outside companies.