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Microsoft’s Flow scripting engine is now available on Android

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August 15, 2016

Earlier today, Microsoft said that its Flow stealth-mode scripting engine is now avaialble on the Android operating system.

In case you've been counting, it's 1 1/2 month after it became available on Apple's iOS.

The Flow app is similar to conditional workflow tools like IF (formerly IFTTT) and Tasker, which have been available for almost a year already.

However, Consumer Office 365 accounts aren’t supported for now. You'll need to have a “work or school” account.

This last detail is a bit odd since the supported services are as much consumer or "prosumer" offerings, like Twitter or DropBox.

Microsoft also updated its PowerApps engine for Android last week. Launched late last year, PowerApps intends to allow LoB (line of business) or End Users to tap into Azure or Sharepoint to create SaaS apps by quickly grabbing some functionality and wrap it into a bundle.

The latest PowerApps allows you to create an app from a Modern List in SharePoint. Neither Flow nor PowerApps is yet available for Microsoft’s own mobile platform Windows 10 Mobile yet.

Microsoft has historically almost always been behind schedule in providing tools that expose its functionality, allowing IT-savvy users to turn them into business apps.

Anyone relying on the Exchange/Outlook duo’s rich combination of Task folders and labels was left high and dry after Microsoft cancelled Windows Mobile 6, as its own mobile clients didn’t fully support the feature set.

The software giant recommends that users go to OneNote for tasks, since Windows 10 Mobile doesn’t support Outlook tasks at all.

The company ended up buying a third-party task manager (Wunderlist) in 2015 for a price reportedly between $100 and $200 million.

Source: Microsoft Corp.

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