Microsoft Releases Flow Workflow Automation App for iOS
The app allows users to monitor and manage their IFTTT-like "flows" on the go. Flow creation capabilities will arrive in a later update.Microsoft first unveiled Flow, a business-focused alternative to IFTTT, in late April. On June 20, Microsoft released the Flow app for iOS, allowing users to keep tabs on the workflow automation service. Like IFTTT (short for "if this, then that"), Flow can be used to link software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and Web services. An action or update in one can kick off a series of automated activities in others. For example, users of the popular IFTTT service can download a "recipe" or template that uploads a file to Google Drive if it is added to Dropbox, keeping cloud file storage accounts in sync. One recipe automatically adds new Instagram photos to a user's Pinterest board. Alternately, users can create and share their own recipes. Whereas IFTTT is aimed at everyone, from consumers to developers, the Web-based Flow service is reserved for Microsoft's business customers as the initial batch of service connectors and Flow templates illustrates.
"Today, Microsoft Flow is publicly available as a preview, at no cost," stated Stephen Siciliano, principal group program manager for Microsoft Flow, in an April 29 announcement. "We have connections to 35+ different services, including both Microsoft services like OneDrive and SharePoint, and public software services like Slack, Twitter and Salesforce.com, with more being added every week."