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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

By : Aaron Guilmette
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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

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By: Aaron Guilmette

Overview of this book

MS Power Automate is a workflow automation tool built into MS 365 to help businesses automate repetitive tasks or trigger business processes without user intervention. It is a low-code tool that is part of the Microsoft applications framework, the Power Platform. If you are new to Power Automate, this book will give you a comprehensive introduction and a smooth transition from beginner to advanced topics to help you get up to speed with business process automation. Complete with hands-on tutorials and projects, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to configure automation workflows for business processes between hundreds of applications, using examples within Microsoft and including third-party apps like Dropbox and Twitter. Once you understand how to use connectors, triggers, and actions to automate business processes, you’ll learn how to manage user input, documents, and approvals, as well as interact with databases. This edition also introduces new Power Automate features such as using robotic process automation (RPA) to automate legacy applications, interacting with the Microsoft Graph API, and working with artificial intelligence models to do sentiment analysis. By the end of this digital transformation book, you’ll have mastered the basics of using Power Automate to replace repetitive tasks with automation technology.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
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Index

Learning about email connectors and actions

One of the most common scenarios for end user automation is email. Microsoft Power Automate can connect natively to different types of email systems, such as Office 365, Outlook.com, and Gmail.

Additionally, there are third-party plugins such as Mailparser that further enhance the ability of Microsoft Power Automate to process messages.

When processing a mailbox, there are several types of actions available, depending on the data source. Popular actions include the following:

  • Creating or deleting a calendar event
  • Creating or deleting a contact
  • Flagging an email (such as the Importance flag)
  • Forwarding and replying to an email or sending a new one
  • Marking an email as read
  • Downloading an attachment

As you saw in the previous chapter, you are able to access dynamic content – properties, metadata, and content related to a unique item. When manipulating mailbox content, you have...