What is Microsoft Flow – A detailed Introduction to the Microsoft automation tool

This article going to give a detailed introduction to Microsoft Flow.

what is microsft flow. How to use Microsoft flow, its features, components, licensing

 

First, let’s try to understand what is Microsoft Flow?

  • Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service that allows business users to create and automate tasks across multiple applications.
  • Business users setup flows without help from developers.
  • Automated workflows are called flows.

What a Microsoft Flow can automate?

  • Microsoft Flow automates everything from simple push notifications to complex business processes with defined steps and stages.
  • Flows work with a wide range of applications such as Salesforce, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and many more.

Features of Microsoft Flow

  • Flow can be used with a wide variety of applications
  • Connectors are available for 200+ services at the moment.
  • Connector available for Salesforce, SQL Server, Twitter, Box, DocuSign, Slack, Skype and Google Drive.

How to use Flow:

  • Flows can be created from Flow Portal or from a mobile device.
  • Flow can be accessed from different Microsoft apps – Dynamics 365, SharePoint etc.
  • Automated flows can be used with Power BI, PowerApps, Dynamics 365 and Office 365.

Where to use Microsoft Flows:

The most common uses of Flow is to trigger notifications.

Flows can also be used for:

  • Send and receive notifications
  • Sync files
  • Collect data, copy files.
  • Create records.

Microsoft Flow Templates:

Share Microsoft Flows with your Colleagues:

  • Flow can be shared with your colleagues and team members
  • Using Flow bot, employees can trigger flows within Teams conversations.
  • One example use is, team members can run a flow that sends a text message to a support engineer to flag an issue or to log an issue in an Excel spreadsheet.

Microsoft Flow Licensing:

Basically, there are 3 licensing options available:

1.Free version: up to 750 runs per month and 15-minute checks.

2.Mid-tier Flow Plan 1:  4,500 runs per month and three-minute checks.

3.Flow Plan 2 (The business level plan) : up to 15,000 runs per month and checks every minute, along with “premium” level connectors, policy settings and business process flows.

There is a free version of Microsoft Flow.

Two monthly subscription options, which are currently $5 or $15 per month.

 

Microsoft Flow and Alternatives:

IFTTT: This is a free web-based tool that uses simple syntax and conditional statements to automate workflows. Its simplicity makes for an easy roll out. It offers single action workflows.

Zapier: Zapier can automate multistep workflows and has connections with more third-party apps. Zapier has a free option, as well as two tears of paid monthly subscription plans for businesses.

Microsoft Flow: Flow can automate more complex processes, incorporating for-loops, while-loops, and if-else conditional statements.

 

 

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