Overview of the different types of flows
Power Automate is a service that you can use to automate repetitive tasks to bring efficiencies to any organizations.
Check out this video about the different types of flows.
Create a cloud flow when you want your automation to be triggered either automatically, instantly, or via a schedule.
|Flow type||Use case||Automation target|
|Automated flows||Create an automation that is triggered by an event such as arrival of an email from a specific person, or a mention of your company in social media.||Connectors for cloud or on-premises services connect your accounts and enable them to talk to each other.|
|Instant flows||Start an automation with a click of a button. You can automate for repetitive tasks from your Desktop or Mobile devices. For example, instantly send a reminder to the team with a push of a button from your mobile device.||Wide range of tasks such as requesting an approval, an action in Teams or SharePoint.|
|Scheduled flows||Schedule an automation such as daily data upload to SharePoint or a database.||Tasks that need to be automated on a schedule.|
Use desktop flows to automate tasks on the Web or the desktop.
Business process flows
Business process flows provide a guide for people to get work done. They provide a streamlined user experience that leads people through the processes their organization has defined for interactions that need to be advanced to a conclusion of some kind. This user experience can be tailored so that people with different security roles can have an experience that best suits the work they do.
- Read guidance to determining which automation method (flow type) to use
- Get started with cloud flows.
- Get started with desktop flows.
- Get started with business process flows in conditions in advanced mode.