Microsoft Flow showed up out of nowhere in the early days of 2016; Microsoft’s attempt at making something resembling the IFTTT service has been somewhat successful, though there is nowhere near the same level of 3rd party support available.
Flow – for now, at least – is mostly about connecting different Microsoft services. That seems to be changing, however; today Flow has added support for six new services.
The six new services include Buffer – a social media management platform commonly used by companies and PR management teams, and Google Contacts; the latter is an interesting addition because it’s not a competing product – it’s clear, Microsoft wants Flow to be more than just a service to connect Microsoft products.
Flow now also supports Harvest, which could be useful for the same folks who would use Buffer – it’s a tool to help track the time spent by a team on each project and tasks within.
The above three services are of course for productivity, the ones below, are quite random.
Supported now is MSN Weather; where you will find the latest weather forecast, and other weather-related information like temperature, humidity, precipitation, etc.
There’s also Medium, which will allow you to track new publications around the service, and Typeform which will let you make a few triggers with the forms, quizzes, surveys, and landing pages the service lets you create.
It is now possible to manually run a flow – if you have a flow set-up to run every hour, for example, you can now run it on-demand to test it.
Microsoft’s Flow is conveniently available at flow.microsoft.com; hopefully, with time, it can give some stiff competition to IFTTT – although, it will probably take a few years, as IFTTT supports hundreds of 3rd party services.