Recently some new options have been added to create new flows in Microsoft Flow.
On top of the already existing Create from template option there are now options to create an Automated, Instant or Scheduled Flow. What does this really mean?
Automated – From Blank
Automated flows are flows that start with an event. Most of these triggers will start with the word When… With automated flows you can select a trigger and give your automated flow a name. I like this naming thing as this will avoid the horrible automatically generated names of flows.
Now you can search the triggers.
One thing you will notice when you start to use this new interface is that the connectors aren’t listed anymore. You just get the triggers listed. This is a bit of a shame as it makes it harder to find that connector that you don’t know about. Also, just because a connector doesn’t have a trigger it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. for example, I searched for SMS
I know that there are more connectors for sending SMSes. See my post about SMS handling in Flow
One option to notice is the Skip. This still gets you to the familiar interface and you can find all the connectors that you are looking for.
Instant -From blank
An instant flow can either be started from a PowerApp ( e.g. a button) or a Flow button.
The Flow button or Manually trigger a flow is one of those triggers that I often use for testing.
This trigger is easy to create and it doesn’t need any configuration.
Scheduled – From Blank
Finally the Scheduled workflows run on a specified schedule. Note that as you use a P1 or P2 you will be able to schedule your flows on a higher frequency that when you use Free Flow.
With the above settings you can run a flow every minute starting at a specified time. Once you’ve created your scheduled flow you can also configure the more advanced options like timezone.
I like these 3 additional options however, I would love to see a create a blank Flow option in the New menu. Currently I will have to select any of the options and click on Skip.