Flow Friday – Feeding news to MS Teams

The other day I asked my colleagues to provide me with good real world problems that I could help them solve in Power Platform. The first challenge was “Could you add news feeds in Microsoft Teams”. No problems 🙂

Create a new Flow and start with the RSS component and add the adress to the RSS feed.

Add the Microsoft Teams component called Post a Message V3 (Preview), select your Teams Tenant and the channel where you want to post the news posts.

Create the message and add Feed Title, Primary Feed Link and Feed Summary. In my case I want the title to be clickable and go to the original post in a new window. This required a small trick. Add a link from the UI using dummy text and link and the go to the code view ( </> ). Here you can replace both text and link with Feed Title and Primary Feed Link

Now we wait… for a post

That is it for today…

Keep Flowing

Flow Friday: Notifying your a bit extra

Today’s Flow Friday is a fairly simple one. Since I some times is a bit preoccupied and not able to keep up with my email and I also try to minimize notifications on my phone it would be very nice to have an extra notification when I receive an email where someone specifically mentions my name.  With flow this is simple…

In this flow I might be going a bit overboard 🙂

  1. When an email where I am mentioned arrives I the flow is triggered.
  2. The email is flagged
  3. A task is created in Todoist saying that I need to handle flagged emails
  4. … end a notification is sent to my phone.

This means that I will only get notified when I am mentioned 🙂

Happy Weekend

Flow Friday: Sync selected Calendar items between calendars

The other day I thought I would make myself use Microsoft Flow more… the best way I could think of was to force my self to write a series of blog posts every week… that should work 🙂

My first post is a description on how to keep your partner happy (or at least happier) when you need to work late.

I keep two calendar, one personal and one for work, where I share my personal calendar with my wife in order for her to know what I am up to. When I need to work late or have an event at work I would like her to know (since I often forget to tell her). This flow adds all events in my work calendar that end after 17.00 to my personal calendar and it also sends an invite to my wife.

We start with the trigger that triggers on all new events. Then we converts the time to Swedish Time Zone (1) and then we check if the event “Show As” field is “Busy” (2)

If the event is not busy we simply terminate the flow, if it is Busy we first validate that End Time is later than 17.25 (3) and if it is we create a new event in personal calendar with the same settings where I invite my wife as an optional attendee (4).


Automation is King!!



Flow Friday: Using Approval Status for Sharepoint lists in Microsoft Flow

Tonight I was trying to filter a Sharepoint List based on Approval Status in Microsoft Flow… this turned out to be a bit tricky… maybe even more than a bit.

Apparently the column Approval column is a system column and those are not visible as properties in Flow. There is however a way to get it… The property you need to use is OData__ModerationStatus. The different status values are

  • 0 for “Approved”
  • 1 for “Rejected”
  • 2 for “Pending”

The correct statement in Flow is

OData__ModerationStatus eq ‘0’

Another field you can access this way is OData__Moderation_comments

That is it for tonight