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SharePoint 2010 workflows will be retired in 2020

Modern business process is essential for transforming organisational productivity in Microsoft 365. Since the release of SharePoint workflows, Microsoft has evolved workflow orchestration to not only encompass SharePoint, but all the productivity services you use with Microsoft 365 and beyond. Microsoft Power Automate connects to all Microsoft 365 services and over 220 services to let an enterprise build custom workflows. With the continued investment in Power Automate as the universal solution to workflow, Microsoft is retiring SharePoint 2010 workflows.

For customers using SharePoint 2010 workflows, we recommend migrating to Power Automate during 2020 to maintain continuity in any business process.

  • Starting August 1st, 2020, SharePoint 2010 workflows will be turned off for newly created tenants.
  • Starting November 1st, 2020, Microsoft will begin to remove the ability to run or create SharePoint 2010 workflows from existing tenants.

SharePoint Modernization Scanner

To understand if your organisation is using workflow 2010 or begin planning migration to Power Automate, we recommend that customers run the SharePoint Modernization Scanner tool to scan their tenants for legacy workflows usage. Using the Workflow Report generated by the scanner tool, customers can understand the following:

  • Distribution of legacy workflows across SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 workflows
  • Distribution of out of the box and custom legacy workflow usage
  • Which sites and lists use legacy workflows
  • Power Automate upgradability score indicating how well the detected actions are upgradable to flows with Power Automate
Using the Workflow Report along with site information, tenant administrators can work with their users to plan the migration of legacy workflows with minimal interruption.

SharePoint 2013 workflows remain supported

SharePoint 2013 workflows will remain supported, although deprecated. However, we recommend customers move to Power Automate or other supported solutions.

Starting in November 2020, SharePoint 2013 workflows will be turned off by default for new tenants. Microsoft will provide a PowerShell script for customers to activate the SharePoint 2013-based workflows engine for tenants as needed.

Use Power Automate with Microsoft 365 licenses
All Microsoft 365 licenses include usage of the Power Platform for customising and extending Microsoft 365 applications. this includes both Power Automate and Power Apps.

Power Automate also has additional premium features that you can buy on top of your Microsoft 365 licenses. To learn more about what specific features are included with Microsoft 365 licenses go here.

SharePoint Server support for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 workflows

SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013-based workflows will continue to be supported for on-premises SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2019 Server platforms until 2026.

SharePoint Designer 2013
SharePoint 2010 workflow creation with SharePoint Online using SharePoint Designer 2013 will be turned off for any newly created tenants starting August 2020 and existing tenants starting November 2020. SharePoint Designer 2013 will work with SharePoint Server 2019 for the remainder of the client support life cycle (2026). SharePoint Designer 2013 will not be supported beyond that timeframe.


How Adepteq Can Help

Many SMB’s will be undertaking a huge amount of work in a very short amount of time to avoid disruption. Time which is vital to them during the current economic climate. Several of our clients have approached us for help and advice, as we fully understand the impact this change is putting on organisations. 

Adepteq will review your current SharePoint environment and advise the best cause of action. Our team of Gold Certified Experts in SharePoint and Microsoft 365 can take the stress away from your business to allow you to keep moving forward. We are ready to provide top level support during this transition. Contact us today for a FREE review of your current environment.

Call us now on 0800 6444 365, email or send us a message via our Contact Page.

Read the full support article from Microsoft.

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