Last year, as part of our ongoing reinvention of business processes, we rolled out modern lists integrated with Microsoft Flow. Flow provides zero-code automation of common business processes and connections to dozens of other enterprise and custom data services. We also announced in various venues like Ignite and the Office blog that there was more to come in the integration of SharePoint with Flow and the rest of Microsoft’s Business App platform. Today, we are happy to announce the next step in that journey, where we bring the power of automation to document libraries.
The integration will mean users can easily add Flows to their modern document libraries . We’re also announcing the ability to launch a Flow interactively, on demand, using a simple button on modern lists and libraries.
Let’s suppose you have a new document and you want to get members of your team to read it and update metadata on the document. Our new integration empowers you to build a Flow to inform your team and capture their input directly to document library columns as metadata.
We receive a lot of questions about how to govern the usage of Microsoft Flow. We recommend that Office 365 Admins review the data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities for Microsoft Flow. All Office 365 Admins can sign into the Flow administration site without the need for any additional licenses, and set up rules that determine how data can flow between different Office 365 components (such as SharePoint, Outlook, Yammer) and other Microsoft and third party services. If you need more specific guidance on DLP and controlling user access to Flow, please check out our blog post announcing the general availability of Flow in Office 365 from last year, which covers these frequently asked questions.
Looking forward, we will roll out Microsoft Flow integration to our customers in the First Release program over the month of March, and based on telemetry and feedback, continue to roll it out to all our customers. We will continue to make additional improvements to Flow soon. Please watch this space for announcements of these improvements and the progress of the rollout.
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