If This Then That (IFTTT) is an incredibly popular tool that enables features for web services like Twitter to generate an email through automation and lots more. Microsoft appears to be working on a similar tool for businesses to create automated workflows. Twitter user h0x0d discovered Microsoft Flow, a preview service that connects a number of cloud services together.
Microsoft's Flow is designed to connect services like Twitter, Slack, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Office 365. Microsoft lists a number of example "flows" (recipes), including the ability to generate SMS alerts from emails, pull tweets into Excel, or get Slack notifications when a file is uploaded to a Dropbox folder. You can even create flows to copy files from OneDrive for Business to SharePoint.
Flow went live yesterday as a preview, and it's available at a dedicated Microsoft site. Microsoft has more than 35 services enabled in the Flow preview, and the software maker is planning to add more each week. You can access the preview with a work or school Office 365 account, or a non-Outlook.com email address. Microsoft doesn't appear to be supporting regular Outlook.com accounts just yet.
Update April 29th, 11:20AM ET: Microsoft's Flow site is now back online.