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Microsoft updates PowerApps and Flow with a focus on deeper integrations and advanced workflows

Microsoft updates PowerApps and Flow with a focus on deeper integrations and advanced workflows
From TechCrunch - July 27, 2017

Microsoft today is launching a couple of major updates to PowerApps, its low-code service for quickly building line-of-business applications, and Flow, its business-centric IFTTT competitor. While these are obviously two very different applications, the general idea to allow businesses to leverage the data that they already generateis similar across both projects.

Ryan Cunningham, Microsofts group program manager for PowerApps and Flow, told me that the company looks at these apps not just as standalone tools for building applications and workflows but as ways to help businesses make better use of the data they already generate in other Microsoft products or third-party tools. He also pointed out that while these services are still very new, the company is already seeing good traction with a wide variety of users. We are proving the point that there is now a class of business applications that werent possible before in traditional custom app dynamics, he told me. Current PowerApps users, for example, include Metro Bank, G&J Pepsi Bottlers and DriveTime.

Both services are getting a large number of new features today, but for PowerApps, the most interesting are probably the ability to cache and save data offline when no signal is available, as well as the ability to embed Power BI tiles and to embed apps both as rich forms in SharePoint Online and as apps in Microsoft Teams. Developersand especially ISVscan now also package their apps and move them between environments and users.

The updates for Flow also include deeper integrations with Microsoft products like SharePoint, Dynamics 365, Teams and OneDrive for Business. You can now, for example, trigger a workflow right from inside SharePoint document libraries and use the new Flow bot inside of teams to kick of flows, too.

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