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Flow is Microsoft’s version of IFTTT; it’s worth checking out

Microsoft has caught onto the IFTTT trend, creating its own service called Flow that helps you “create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more.”

Teaching your devices to interact

For years, we’ve profiled IFTTT which stands for “If This, Then That,” referring to the conditional commands you use to automatic specific functions. For example, “If I post a picture on Instagram, then save it my Dropbox.” Or, “if the temperature drops below 50 degrees, then turn on the thermostat.”

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You make the rules

IFTTT “recipes” are a great way to connect functions between different devices based on rules that you create. It’s kind of basic if you think about it, and yet there wasn’t an easy way to do it before IFTTT.

These days, tech companies are scrambling to create ever-smarter devices that learn to anticipate your behavior and needs. In the meantime, IFTTTs are a great way to program your devices to interact in ways that save you time and hassle.

Microsoft is on the Flow train

Microsoft has caught onto the IFTTT trend, creating its own service called Flow that helps you “create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more.”

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Flow can be programmed to complete hundreds of IFTTT style operations – the only limit is your imagination.

Flows can “instantly deal” with emails, notifications, file shares, or anything else that happens online or on a device. It can be used to connect Office 365, Twitter, OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Slack, MailChimp, GitHub, Salesforce, and more.

So, what can you do with it?

Microsoft, as well as independent developers, have also created handy guides to give you ideas about ways that your apps could connect. Some templates help you get notifications. For example, you might want to receive a text message any time your boss sends you an email.

Some flow functions are used to synchronize your files between programs like OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Others automate the collection of data, for example, by saving tweets into a spreadsheet, or saving contact information across all of your devices and software.

You can also set up functions that require your approval. For example, you may want to add new members from your MailChimp list to your SharePoint list, but only if you OK it first.

Smart devices are great, but only you know exactly what you need your devices to do for you. Microsoft Flow is one way to help streamline your experience.

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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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