Microsoft offers 'Flow' workflow automation engine

Microsoft has driven its software application development engineering teams to produce a new web tool called Flow.

Flow is a software intelligence offering designed to ‘automate workflow related actions’ across web services.

“Create automated workflows between your favourite apps and services to get notifications, synchronise files, collect data and more,” promises Microsoft.

41 services, not just Microsoft

Significantly, Microsoft here allows users to connect and automate processes and tasks across a total of 41 services, many of which are not Microsoft owned or originated.

Apps that Microsoft Flow works with include: Slack, Twitter, GitHub, Instagram, Box, Facebook, YouTube, Dropbox and Salesforce.

Microsoft Flow is currently in preview state.

According to Microsoft, users can set up a flow that manages critical emails, notifies the whole team whenever a work item is updated, or captures, tracks and follows up with new sales leads.

“Whether it’s a complex multistep process or a simple one-step task, flows work in the background to boost your team’s effectiveness, productivity and performance,” says the firm.

Microsoft offers Android app

An Android app also exists, in a similar preview/beta state — the software itself is (obviously) intended to integrate extremely well with the Office suite and platform.

Interested readers can sign up to become a tester at this link.