Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Using Power Automate and Keywords to ad-hoc pull feeds and videos into channels

So a few weeks back I did a piece on the Teams Keyword trigger in Power Automate and how it can be used to build a command list for repetitive communications which could be used to cut down on workload. I've started using this myself. But also, I have started using keywords to pull info I need within the flow of my work. This includes RSS Feeds and Videos off YouTube. There are, of course, other ways you can get these things. One example for RSS Feeds is connectors. However, I don't want to necessarily have an RSS Feed repeatedly pull into a channel. I only want it when I need it as in ad-hoc, on demand. Whether we want the latest updates to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, or the latest video on a YouTube channel, keywords pull that information and we can get it as we need

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: An Approval process for List Items using Lists, Teams, Power Automate, Outlook and the new Approvals App

It's been a bit of a frustrating day. I wanted to write a blog on something else - something new and ultimately it didn't pan out. Kind of like a gold rush except there was no gold, a lot of time was squandered and the opportunity cost of doing that was getting into the new approvals app - something that interests me quite a bit. Nevertheless after a borderline rage quit I decided to eat, go chill with the family then get back in the game - and so I am going to write about the approvals app - except I thought it would be good to do so in the context of Lists, since as mentioned in the last post I am using them a lot these days. Think of this scenario: I have an event, or an itinerary, and for every item on that List, I need approval to be able to do it, or to use it, or to even have it on the List since it's needs to be sanctioned. In my job when I roll in technical courses, these need ultimate approval from up on high to be run, a number of criteria need to be met. So bringing some of my favourite apps together - Lists, Teams and Power Automate, the approvals app and getting retro with Outlook, mmm a bit of late night cooking with apps

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Twitter integration with Power Automate post connector retirement

Last week, it was announced in the Message centre (MC204830) that the Twitter connector for Teams had been retired as of 21/02/2020. This was a feature that I loved, and one that I had previously blogged about. Connectors still work for Yammer - and for many other apps and RSS but Twitter? Per the announcement, it now needs to be integrated via Power Automate. The good news? It can be done, the benefits are exactly the same as connectors - members of the Team no longer have to scour Twitter accounts to get the updates they need, and we also have the benefit of getting hands on with Power Automate. The bad news? It probably isn't as simple as the Message centre makes out and some functionality is lost. Whether Power Automate will replace connectors as we move forward? I don't know - but it certainly makes sense in terms of having all of your automation and flows sitting neatly beside one another