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Top 5 Microsoft Flow features from the April 2019 release notes

On Monday, Microsoft published the release notes for – amongst others – Dynamics 365, Power BI, PowerApps & Flow. In this post, I will show you my top 5 Microsoft Flow features!

Support for guest users in flows and approvals

For me, this has been a great ask. I would love to have guest users in Flows and have them respond to approvals. When I invite external users through Azure B2B, I want them to be a full part of my team, not just a little. So having them approve an approval request or edit a Flow would be an awesome new feature.

 

More info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/microsoft-flow/support-...

General availability of solution parameters

Solutions are a great addition to the Power Platform. There are still some things that I would like to see added. One of them is connectors (please vote!).

 

Another of them is solution parameters. It would be great to change some parameters when you deploy a solution. For instance a tenant name in a SharePoint URL or an account name of a user.

 

More info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/microsoft-flow/general-...

Data Loss Prevention enhancements

Data Loss Prevention is available in Microsoft Flow and Microsoft PowerApps for a while now. With these capabilities you can add multiple connectors in a business data only group, to make sure that they will only be used in Flows that connectors that are in the same group.

 

For example: if you put Facebook in the “no business data allowed” group, and you put Office 365 Outlook in the “business data only” group, you won’t be able to use them in the same Flow.

 

In June 2019, you can extend this with a direction. So, in the example above, you will be able to set the Data Loss Prevention in a way that you can get data from Facebook into Office 365 Outlook, but not the other way around.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/microsoft-flow/data-los...

Improved Flow checker and remediation steps

I like the Flow checker because it helps you a lot with mistakes. Sometimes, you forget to fill in a required field, and you don’t notice it. Then the Flow checked is a real lifesaver.

 

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The Flow checker will be expanded, and there will be more help, like checking OData filters and warning when your Flow might end up in an infinite loop.

 

More info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/microsoft-flow/improved...

Extract structured data from emails, HTML, and PDF (Public Preview)

This makes me the most excited since there is way too much important info still in emails. The feature will give you the ability to do more with the body content. With the help of AI, you will be able to extract multiple things from the body of the email:

  • Tables
  • Specific Entities
  • Repeating patterns

This is one of the features that will give Flow more capabilities that some RPA-tooling in the market already has.  Which is a good sign for me.

 

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More info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/microsoft-flow/extract-...  

Wrap-up

There is way more available in the release notes, so make sure to check them out. Click on the following URL to see more: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/

Comments

Too bad I have to wait until June!!

This is going to make a lot of people happy in our Company!

Meet Our Blog Authors
  • Working daily with Microsoft Cloud to deliver the needs of my company, my customers and various Microsoft communities and forums. | Office 365 | Flow | PowerShell | PowerApps | SharePoint |
  • Co-founder of https://plumsail.com, Office 365 and SharePoint expert. Passionate about design and development of easy to use, convenient and flexible products.
  • Microsoft Business Apps MVP. Owner of ThriveFast, an Office 365 consulting company.
  • 7x Microsoft Business Solutions MVP (CRM)
  • Solution Architect with Slalom, and organizer of the Boston Office 365 User Group, and long term SharePoint/Office 365 veteren. Find more at http://www.davidlozzi.com. Follow @DavidLozzi
  • I'm keen in MS technologies, SharePoint, Office 365 and development for them
  • Daniel is a Business Productivity Consultant & Microsoft Business Solutions MVP who is very enthusiastic about all things Office 365, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, Azure & SharePoint (Online). Since the preview, Daniel has been working with Microsoft Flow and later on with Microsoft PowerApps. That led to him being awarded an MVP Award for Business Solutions. He loves to blog, present and evangelize about improving productivity in the modern workspace with these amazing tools!
  • Michelle is an Office 365 solution architect in Twin Cities, MN. She has been delivering business collaboration solutions for years with her focus on SharePoint and Office 365. Michelle is a recent board member of the Minnesota Office 365 User Group and has been a member of the SharePoint community since 2009. She is a frequent speaker at MNSPUG and SharePoint Saturday and co-chaired the Legal SharePoint User Group for 4 years. Her most frequent projects have involved rolling out a large deployment of Office 365, SharePoint Online intranet, build of a "CHAMPS" Office 365 user adoption program and most recently, SharePoint On-Premise to Online Migration. Michelle is very excited about cloud technology as it is shifting her IT Pro focus to collaboration strategy and technical adoption.
  • I'm a Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP with a special interest in SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Flow, Microsoft Teams and PowerApps. I work at Triad Group Plc ( https://triad.co.uk)