Power Automate – April 2020 Release – Overview

The Power Platform and Dynamics 365 release notes were made public earlier in the month, and I am most excited about some of the upcoming features of Power Automate. I am a massive advocate of Power Automate and the power that it can bring to organisations without the need for complicated code, on the most part no code at all!

In this blog, I am going to discuss some of the upcoming features that I am most excited about.

Common Expressions Simplified

Common expressions are a compelling feature of Flows that allows any users to use Excel-like formulas to manipulate data or perform calculations. It already has a great set of expressions, and in the upcoming release, Microsoft is adding even more and making them easier to use!

Using some of the new text expressions, you can easily find text position and use the result throughout your Flow.

List of expression actions

Copy and Paste

Microsoft is improving the copy and paste functionality within the Flow designer to make it even easier to copy actions in your Flow to another Flow. This will speed up flow creation dramatically!


Building AI-infused workflows

Last year I did a few presentations on how to use Azure Cognitive Services from Flow. Microsoft is now making this easier and adding more training models to the AI functionality that can be called from Flow. The only details available at the moment are it will now allow the identification of forms and invoices using a pre-trained model! I am excited to see what other models will be available!

AI Builder flows

Power Automate is more accessible

Power Automate is now fully compliant with the latest WCAG 2.1 requirements. This means that users with a diverse set of abilities can now leverage Power Automate for their workflow automation needs. For those geeks out there like me, you can see what this means here: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/


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