A new, yet to be announced iPhone app from Microsoft has been discovered and shared on Twitter. Someone managed to find a public page on the Microsoft website including the app’s basic details and concept.Microsoft Flow appears to be a basic chat app that uses people’s email addresses as a contact list. The app, is unlike other chat apps though as it is linked to a users’ Outlook account but while messages can be sent back and forth, any communications sent through Flow would stay within the app and not appear in users’ email inboxes.
Below you can see the actual screenshot of the page.
Here is the text from the screenshot:
Use Flow with anyone, it’s email: Reach anyone with an email address and all conversations for you and others are also in Outlook. Together, you can use Flow and Outlook interchangeably to participate in the same conversations.
Fast, fluid, natural conversations: No subject lines, salutations, or signatures. Flow is designed for fast, light-weight conversations in real time.
Focus on what’s important: Only conversations started in Flow and their replies show up in Flow, not your whole inbox. Focus on your most important person-to-person conversations without the noise.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who first reported on the tweet, suggests that the Microsoft Flow app is similar to the chat app Skype Qik which launched last year. Microsoft have refused to comment about Flow, so all we can do is speculate about how this app will actually be used and when (or if) it will be released to the public.
There are a number of other stand alone messaging apps on the market, so Flow will be fighting an uphill battle to gain a strong user base. But if Microsoft Flow integrates with other Microsoft features, they might be on to a winner!