Category: Microsoft

Substitutions in Microsoft Flow

The post you are reading now was inspired by a recent question I saw on my Twitter. User was asking if it is possible to reassign a task to another employee if the current assignee is out of office without an access to their Office 365. I found this question as a direct link to a well known functionality of business applications called “substitutions”.

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Dynamics 365 Virtual Agent

Microsoft Virtual Agent for Dynamics 365

I wasn’t aware that Microsoft has built a solution, that simply allows any Power User to create their own, very functional conversational bot. I was always thinking, that creation of bots requires programming knowledge and therefore somehow is out of my radar, but it turns out I was wrong.

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Adaptive Cards showcase

Adaptive Cards

This post is related to a screencast I’ve made recently. It describes how the Flow, used by the solution, is built in details. Have fun watching and learning how it is made. This post is also part of the sequel I am writing about “Adaptive Cards“.

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Microsoft Adaptive Cards – the ultimate guide

Microsoft Adaptive Cards

This post is a third part of the series about Adaptive Cards technology. It is entirely dedicated to what the technology is about, how it works and how can be used in your solutions. If you are interested in the history of the concept, please open the first part from the series here.

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Elevated permissions in Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow

It was fairly easy to say to SharePoint Workflow (both in 2010 and 2013 versions) that certain action or actions should be executed with the elevated permissions.

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PowerApps export as package fails due to missing connections

PowerApps

Sometimes when we are working with PowerApps, adding new connections like to Microsoft Flow or external services and then we decide we don’t need some of them anymore and therefore we are removing it, but forgetting to first delete it in PowerApps, we are finding ourselves in situation, where when trying to export the app as a package, we are facing a very hard to debug issue.

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Sketch-noting in PowerApps and merging images

PowerApps

Post was inspired by a comment with a question posted some time ago under the post about hand written signatures. Kevan asked, if this is possible to take a photo, then sketch-note on it and finally save two images as a single one.

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Microsoft Message Cards – the ultimate guide

Adaptive Cards

In the first part of the series I wrote a general overview of Message and Adaptive Cards, their brief history and purpose. This part is focused only on Message Cards – the technology from which it all begun and that is still available to use although recommendation is to move to Adaptive Cards.

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Introduction to Adaptive Cards

Adaptive Cards

Some time ago a customer asked me about a more effective user experience when approving tasks in workflows. The reason was that a manager, who was always involved at some time, was on the position, that if he is just sent an e-mail with approval request, this e-mail is going to simply get lost in his inbox and therefore he wouldn’t be able to respond. On the other hand he is using Microsoft Teams often, so asked if he can be notified about a task approval via that app.

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