- Top panel
- Page body
- Navigation panel
Refer to the screenshot below for the specific layout.
The top panel consists of controls to provide notifications related to any flow, change settings related to flows or connections you have created, a formto send your feedback to Microsoft Flow and finally a shortcut to other Microsoft apps.
Depending on the option you selected in the left navigation panel, the page body will display relevant features / content.
For example, now that you are logged in and view the home page, the body area of the page will display ideas for creating your own feed, available feed template and links to apps Flow mobiles on Android, iOS and Microsoft app stores.
Although we will go into them separately, the navigation panel is present on the left side of the screen to enable switching from a particular screen to the next. 'other. For example, if you want to review the available feeds before creating your own, you can switch from My Feeds to Templates.
In the navigation panel, youcan see the options below -
- Approvals *
- My feeds
- Entities *
- Custom Connectors *
- Gateways *
* (only available for professional Microsoft accounts or school)
What is the difference between Microsoft work (or school) accounts and personal accounts?
When it comes to businesses, it makes sense to subscribe to a bunch of services rather than create individual accounts.
At Microsoft, there are two types of accounts -
- Personal - that you may have created to get started with Microsoft Flow
- Work or School - provided to organizations or schools of 20 or more people. These accounts come with a plethoraother data hungry services like Microsoft PowerApps, PowerBI, etc.
In the next section, we have the functionality of Home menu.
In the Home section, you'll find the features ready to get you started with Microsoft Flow. For example, there is a search section where you can find the model or connector required to start your flow.
Try typing the following text in the search bar and click on the blue magnifying glass button.
This will display the search result -
As evident, the search result presented you with all the " models "feeds available for your use .
Go back to the Home section, using the navigation panel on the left.
Scrolling down you will find some popular services you can use in your flows.
This section is available to keep track of all your created, completed and draft feeds. Suppose you start working on a particular flow and want to finish it later, you can use this section.
Also, if you want to check out examples of the feeds you created earlier, this section will come in handy.
The My feeds section is subdivided into three screens.
- My feeds
- Team feeds *
- Business process feeds *
* (only available for Microsoft work or school accounts)
As highlighted, you can browse all tabs and reach desired feed / required for review or reuse.
The screen shown above states that you have no feeds, as no feeds are created with our account.
As we progress and createOns streams during this tutorial, this section will be our frequently visited section.
The Templates section is the only place for all types of feeds. If you are looking for inspiration or a ready-made flow, you can start with the Templates section.
The screen above gives an overview of the Template section. We also got to see some templates available on the home screen, if you want to know more you can go to the Templates section and get started!
As highlighted, the screen has two commands -
- Functionality of search templates
- Templates organized as tabs
Search Templates Feature
Search feature works like any other search feature, besides, you can sort search results by
- HePublication ure
Templates in tabbed structure
The tabs are organized according to the feed application. Feeds are available to set the reminder or receive a notification on your desktop whenever you receive an email. If you want to perform the flows related to emails, you can go directly to the Email tab and view the available flows.
For example, if you select Mobile, you will see the results below.
Connectors are nothing more than services that you can use with Microsoft Flow. has around 220 services (and more), which can be seen in this section.
Connectors form the core of Microsoft Flow.
As noted above, some popular connectors include -
- Office 365
If you scroll down, youcan see all connectors with Microsoft Flow. Mainly, there are below connector types in Microsoft Flow as shown below -
- Standard connectors
- Premium connectors
- Custom Connectors
You can think of standard connectors as out of the box services. The list will include services ranging from Microsoft Excel (a spreadsheet) to Todoist (a task management application).
In short, standard connectors come with their predefined capabilities to extract data from the respective services.
Premium Connectors are generally paid / professional tools, which may or may not be sufficient for personal use. These connectors require a work or school account. An example could be Eventbrite, where you can post events ins your area and invite people there.
If you want to extract data from an Eventbrite event, then you need a login with an organization level account.
Custom Connectors exist to provide the most flexibility and power to the Microsoft Flow user. Be aware that there are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) available from a particular service or application that you want to use. Custom connectors will provide a connection to these APIs from Microsoft Flow.
For the scope of this tutorial, we'll be looking at standard connectors only.
If you create connectors that involve fetching / updating records from a data-hungry application / services, the connections made to these applications / services will be displayed under thishead section.
Connections will be used if you mainly use Powerapps.com in your applications. A good example will be updating the SQL table from within the application. In such scenario, the connection will be updated / displayed in the section.
When you click Learn, you will be taken to the official Microsoft documentation on Microsoft Flow.
Types of feeds
There are different types of feeds, they can be manual or automatic -
This flow is somewhat dependent on another trigger or action. So when this particular event occurs, this flow starts. This could be a change of date or receipt of an email.
Microsoft Flow provides a Microsoft PowerApps button or entry to trigger a specified flowthan. These are classified as instant streams.
Depending on the time and date you set, this stream is triggered. It can also be a recurring flow.