Microsoft Flow Community Blog

Welcome to the Microsoft Flow Community Blog

On this blog you will find articles, guides and information created by our community members and, from time to time, roundups and community news.

Hello, Flow Community.


Since the introduction of the Microsoft Forms connector to the Flow service in July of this year, we have seen a rapid growth of usage and huge amounts of Flows created using the Forms service. Due to adoption rates, we are experiencing heavy load patterns to the service, resulting in much longer trigger intervals.


Thank you for your patience as we work to return the service to the quick trigger intervals. We expect the fix to be in place by middle of October.


Microsoft Forms Team

Thinking of using Microsoft Flow for the first time and want the low down? Check out this list of current limitations and workarounds


Have you ever wanted to connect flows to the physical world? to alert teams in an instant? to call for help? to measure the sentiment of a room after a speech? Flic and Flow together can help make this happen. Come read about it!


IoT Button - Microsoft Flow

by JoaoLucindo on ‎07-25-2017 06:29 PM

Process automation with Microsoft Flow using NodeMCU and Arduino IDE


The purpose of this article is to guide the development of a IoT button integrated with Microsoft Flow platform.




As a marketer, one of the most tedious business processes is dealing with all of the people that submit forms on a website. 


Here's how we integrated our website's forms with Microsoft Dynamics 365, and even further optimized this process with decision-making, email-follow ups, and more. 


A Modern Client Engagement

by pladavm on ‎07-12-2017 02:46 PM

As a Chartered Tax Advisor & Chartered Accountant I am often put in a position where I am asked a question but without more information I am unable to provide an answer. My answer typically would be "Yes, I can absolutely help you with that issue, however I need to know" and then proceed to outline a comprehensive list of information requests with accompanying reasoning why each item is required before I can finalise my tax analysis. This can be quite reptitive since many customers fall into common types of tax issues. 

With Microsoft Flow I demonstrate how we can make this process much more easier and be more engaged with our clients. 


This blog walks through a real-world scenario of how Flic's physical button can integrate with SharePoint and Flow to give real-time status of all technicians (or engineers, consultants, contractors, ETC) who are at their customer's location. When the technician arrives, he/she clicks on Flic once which sends the manager information of the technician's location and the current weather conditions. Weather conditions of the technician's current location plays an important role in the time spent and hence this information is also provided to the manager via email.

In this example, the Flic app on an iOS device is used.


There are plenty of times that you'd like to be notified when a specific email arrives in an inbox, but what about those times when an email doesn't come through? In this post we're monitoring status emails sent each day by our client's backup programs. If a backup program doesn't send another email within 30 hours, an alert is sent to a backup technician who can acknowledge it using Email Options in Microsoft Flow.


There are a lot of actions for different platforms in Microsoft Flow. Unfortunately, there is some missed functionality, especially SharePoint related. I like how Azure Functions can be used to creat microservices. That is why I thought it would be a good idea to cover some functionality by Azure Functions and make it easy to use and extend.



Meet Datanaut Xander Cell

by Community Manager ‎06-08-2017 12:37 PM - edited ‎06-08-2017 12:39 PM

This week we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.


Today, meet Xander Cell.


Meet Datanaut Sandina Martinez

by Community Manager ‎06-07-2017 01:21 PM - edited ‎06-07-2017 01:22 PM

This week we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.


Today, meet Sandina Martinez.


Create information in Dynamics 365 using Microsoft Flow with literally a press of a button!


Meet Datanaut Appleta Patel

by Community Manager ‎06-06-2017 12:11 PM - edited ‎06-07-2017 01:10 PM

Yesterday we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.


Today, meet Appleta Patel.


Can't make it to Microsoft Data Insights Summit? We’ll bring the conference to you!


We’re livestreaming our three keynotes and nine of our most popular breakout sessions, June 12–13, 2017 so you can learn alongside attendees. As Microsoft’s conference for business analysts, the Microsoft Data Insights Summit is filled with strong technical content to help you build a data culture at your organization.


See the full livestream schedule below. Mark your calendar and get ready to transform the way you work!


Update a secondary SharePoint list using Flow

by darogael ‎05-31-2017 12:09 PM - edited ‎05-31-2017 12:10 PM

In this blog we are going to walk through the process of building a custom Flow using SharePoint list. When a new item in the primary list is created the Flow will make updates to a secondary list items as well . Both the lists have a similar column which is used to build relationships.


"Get Manager" For SharePoint Document Library Approvals

by Community Manager ‎05-30-2017 10:57 AM - edited ‎05-30-2017 11:08 AM

Have you wondered how to run approvals on SharePoint document libraries and noticed that you cant pull manager info?

Let me show you a handy workaround to use!


Solved! Dynamics 365 Workflow vs Microsoft Flow Dilemma


This two and one half minute video introduces a new kind of knowledge worker, a learning worker


What you see in the video is an intelligent application that is made from technologies that are available today from Microsoft.  Its easy to see how these new intelligent apps can be made from Microsoft's Flow, Cognitive Services, and PowerApps.  However, if you build it -- will they come?  Just developing a cool new inteliigent app is not enough -- organizations will have to change the way they work to see the full benefits of these new intelligent applicaitons.


How to never lose your car again in under 10 minutes using Microsoft Flow

by spfrustratesme2 on ‎05-15-2017 02:37 PM - last edited on ‎06-14-2017 11:49 AM by Community Manager

Dude, where's my car? is a movie about some dudes, who after a night of mischief, lost their car. Don't lose your car, ever again with the click of a Flow app button on your mobile device, your GPS location is stored. Upon completion a notification is sent to your device, complete with a link to provide step by step directions back to your car. 


Flow now provides the abiliity to capture GPS location from your mobile device using a Flow button. Together with Flows already growing capability, store location back to SharePoint, AND show the last location using a PowerBI map; something that can be easily accomlished in under 10 minutes, no code required.


There are many situations with Microsoft Flow where we need non standard features, and as developer  I am way too often tempted to jump on the custom api and to create my custom Azure function or Azure Web API to provide exactly what I need. If all you have is a hammer everything will look like a nail…


Using the hammer can be overkill so let’s add another tool to our (Flow) toolbox.


It's my pleasure to announce the launch of the Microsoft Flow Community blog, a platform for you to share your ideas, insights, and experiences.