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What is Microsoft Flow & what can I do with it?

Microsoft Flow gives you the ability to create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronise files, collect data and more.

Microsoft Flow automates everything from simple push notifications and content management to complex business processes with defined steps and stages.

Whether it’s to create a lead in your Dynamics 365 when someone re-tweets a post or send an email from your Office 365 account when you receive a message on Facebook, the possibilities are enormous. The most common use of Microsoft Flow is for sending notifications.
Getting Started with Microsoft Flow

So, when did Microsoft Flow become available?

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Flow on 31 October 2016 (not long after Microsoft Ignite 2016) in an effort to provide no-code solution for the non-developers (aka Citizen Developers). As it sits inside the SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) space, Microsoft are constantly adding more and more great features.

I guess it only works with Microsoft Products?

No. Whilst it sits inside the Microsoft realm, It can be used with a wide variety of apps and services — what Microsoft calls connectors — including Salesforce, SQL Server, Twitter, Box, DocuSign, Slack, Skype and Google Drive (and they are constantly adding more and more).

Surely, there has to be a cost for this great offering?

There are a number of plans available (and as you would expect these are also included in some of the Dynamics 365, Office 365 Subscriptions) as well as stand alone too. 

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Existing Microsoft Subscriptions

Which Office 365 Subscriptions include Microsoft Flow?

  • Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Education
  • Office 365 Education Plus
  • Office 365 Enterprise E1 *
  • Office 365 Enterprise E3 *
  • Office 365 Enterprise E5

* Office 365 Enterprise E2 includes the same capabilities as Office 365 Enterprise E1, and Office 365 Enterprise E4 includes the same capabilities as Office 365 Enterprise E3.

Which Dynamics 365 Subscriptions include Microsoft Flow?

  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Sales
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Field Service
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Marketing
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Customer Service
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Project Service Automation
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Operations
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central

These Dynamics 365 plans include ‘Microsoft Flow Plan 2’:

  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise, Plan 2
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise, Plan 1
  • Dynamics 365 Business Edition Plan

For those Dynamics 365 Users, Microsoft Flow will eventually succeed the existing workflow engine we have today, so I would encourage you to start learning Microsoft Flow.

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