Zapier vs Flow

Zapier is released earlier than Flow and indeed more well know than its rival. Flow is still quite new but continue striving to be the leader in automation tool business. Flow is a product of Microsoft, so for you who use several Microsoft product may interested to use Flow. If you are not sure yet, you can check our article below.

In this article we will give you information about:
– What is Zapier and Flow
– How to set Zapier and Flow
– Zapier vs Flow

About Zapier
Zapier is an automation tool that you can use to connect your apps to each other. You can connect more than 1000 apps with Zapier including popular apps like Gmail, Slack, MailChimp, and many other. Commonly, this tasks will required you to write code, but not everybody are familiar with coding and this is why Zapier is exist, which is to help you to enhance your workflow without the need to do a single code. For example, if you post something in WordPress Zapier is able to post the same thing in Slack and so on.

Zapier Ease of Use
Zapier offer free subscription, but with limitations; you only need to provide your email address, name and password, you may also substitute them with Google account. When you logged in, you will find a user interface with a clean and distinct layout elements. The first step is to choose the trigger app and associated action and the next part is choose the action app and related action. If you are not an adept person, you may try link A/B testing and see their relation first whether they give your desired result or not. Aside from the free version you can upgrade your account into the premium version to get their premium services and more apps you can linked to. The priciest is the Teams that will let you to do unlimited Zaps with unlimited members.

About Flow
Flow is an automation service included in Microsoft Office 365 suite. This productivity app is use to simplify your workflow by creating connections between two separated apps, which usually will take you to write code to do so. Flow is the rival of Zapier and IFTTT that is more popular and released to the public earlier. Their automated workflow is called Flow, just like Zapier with Zaps and Recipes in IFTTT. The most common use of Flow is to trigger notifications. For an example, when new lead is added to Microsoft Dynamics CRM and automated workflow will be able to send emails or text messages to sales representatives.

Flow Ease of Use
There is free trial for 90 days to check whether the service live to your expectation. After you signed in you can start making Flow; you may making it from scratch or use template flows from other users; the steps you need to do is very similar with either Zapier or IFTTT. After you set the trigger and action then you have to authenticate the service before you could do the automation. Flow is able to connect to more than 100 data sources including Share Point, Dynamics 365, OneDrive, oneDrive for Business, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Facebook, Twitter, and Box.

Now, let’s compare Zapier and Flow. The prominent difference about them is Zapier lean towards everyone while Flow is more useful for people in the Office ecosystem. Another difference is Zapier cover and link to more than 5000 applications, while Flow is still lacking behind at the moment. However, you can do schedule integration in Microsoft Flow, while this feature is not exist yet in Zapier. In the case of maturity, Zapier is proven to be more mature and more stable.

Zapier vs Flow

- Offer more integrations- Offer lesser integrations
- Price start from $20 per month- Price start from $5 per month
- Released earlier, thus more stable than Flow- Not as stable as Zapier

All in all, the decision is all yours to make. Flow is great for corporate consumer because of its Microsoft product compatibility. In the moment they may not support all the services your organization leverages right now, but it may happen in the near future.

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