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Flow Desktop please like power BI

This isn't meant as a rant if it comes off as such.

I just experienced my first bad flow pinning my flow count, and now i am out for the month.

I have since read many peoples confusion or complaint about how flow counts. A benfit of Flow is that MS's servers are online 24/7.

But I don't always need that. I could build and run my flows from my desktop just fine (in fact via script and task manager I do, and it costs me nothing). Flow could empower so many more people if it werent for some of these ridiculous

Flow is also a bit user centric, if I get canned and my account is turfed my flows die with them (perhaps this has been addressed). I bring it up because it illustrates there are personal flows and corporate flows.

 

Perhaps flow could learn from the power BI model. i.e. I build personal flows locally and then publish those that have a more enterprise need. My flow count is driven off what I automate online. And I learn how to build better flows more frequently because I have ready and easy access locally. I can also dry run my flows locally before I publish them to make sure they dont kill my counts.

 

Perhaps i am just extremely ignorant, this already exists in some form, and I haven't RTFM. ... on that, more training material would be lovely.

Non-rant over.

Status: Declined

This is an interesting idea. However, at this time we don't have any plans to allow the offline execution of flows. Flows are tied to the service and only are capable of running there. Thank you!

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Level: Powered On

Hello guys!

 

First of all, I'm in love with Flow.

 

The biggest issue, for me, is to work within web GUI application. Sometimes when editing a field that I want to change the text, for example, I click on it and start hitting backspace to remove all characters until I realizes that it did not selected the field and my browser starts going back on history, losing all my modifications.

 

Work online isn't the best practice.

 

I really like Power Bi desktop app, for example. It also has the possibility to edit online but within the locally installed desktop app results in a much robust way of working.

 

Any plans on releasing that? It would be great to have it available as a universal app, downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

 

Thanks!

 

Antonio Schneider, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Level: Power Up

Crazy idea, asking Microsoft to support Windows apps....hopefully it will be a universal app so I can have it on my phone too.

 

-last windows 10 mobile user

Level: Powered On

In addition to the other reasons, I'd like to add that opening flows can cause tabs to become unresponsive. Seems to be a memory leak issue, the tab if left alone will consume 100% of the available memory if allowed

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Status changed to: Declined

This is an interesting idea. However, at this time we don't have any plans to allow the offline execution of flows. Flows are tied to the service and only are capable of running there. Thank you!

Level: Powered On

Hello @Stephen! I am afraid you did not get the idea: we don't want offline execution, just offline editing so we can publish the finished flow to the server. Something like SharePoint Designer. Working online on a web interface is terrible for such complex (if needed) operations. It is incredible how Microsoft simply ignores the Windows Store and UWP features and benefits. All Office 365 apps should be availble on the Store. Power Bi is a great example of incredible people working on a platform that is available on all possible ways. Thanks.