Shipped to First Release: Flow integration for SharePoint document libraries

I am happy to announce that we shipped Flow integration for SharePoint document libraries as well as the ability to launch flows interactively to our First Release users and tenants today. If you are a First Release user, or have your tenant marked as a First Release tenant, you should be seeing a Flow button in the command bar of your modern document libraries.

This integration helps your users automate repetitive tasks such as moving an email attachment into a document library folder, sending a selected item for feedback, posting to Yammer, or integrating files with other Microsoft or third-party services that Flow can access.

We will continue to make Flow integration better for document libraries over the coming months. Some of our plans include better support for all SharePoint data types, new actions that allow for sharing items, and new templates that make use of these additional capabilities.

This is also a great time to review some of the guidance on the governance for Flow as mentioned in our announcement:

We recommend that Office 365 Admins review the data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities for Microsoft Flow. All Office 365 Admins can sign into the Flow administration site without the need for any additional licenses, and set up rules that determine how data can flow between different Office 365 components (such as SharePoint, Outlook, Yammer) and other Microsoft and third party services. If you need more specific guidance on DLP and controlling user access to Flow, please check out our blog post announcing the general availability of Flow in Office 365 from last year, which covers these frequently asked questions.

We will monitor the usage patterns and telemetry, and continue rolling out these features to our production users over the coming weeks. Next step will be to roll it out to 50% of production tenants.

Please give these new features a try and let us know what you think.

New to Office 365 in March—co-authoring in Excel and more

  • Co-authoring is coming to Excel

  • Microsoft Teams is now generally available

  • Microsoft Bookings is rolling out worldwide

  • OneNote inking and accessibility updates

  • Visio integrates with Excel and PowerPoint in new ways

Other Office 365 updates this month

We also have a few additional updates this month. See the links below for more details:


Use the Quick Links web part to put your content front and center [ New ]

Don’t bury your lead – put important stuff right up front for your site visitors. The Quick Links web part allows you to add visibility to the most important content you create – with the ability to adjust and curate as you go.

We’re pleased to announce a small but important improvement we’ve made to the Quick Links web part.  You can now adjust the image that represents your link inside Quick Links cards.  This often-requested update will be available to use in this web part on all modern pages.

Let’s say you’ve been using Quick Links on your modern team site home page to showcase important team resources – it might look something like this:quick links.png


If you want to swap out the default images with something that’s more visually engaging, or more appropriate in the context of your site, find the tile you want to change, and select Edit:

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This brings up the edit pane, where you can change the link’s title, or its image:

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You can upload an image, or use one that’s already in your site.  You might wind up with something that looks like this:

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We hope that this feature will help you create more beautiful, engaging SharePoint sites.  As always, we would love to hear your feedback.  How can we continue to improve this web part, and all our modern web parts, to best meet your needs now and in the future?