Updates on SharePoint workflow end-of-life for SharePoint Online. A viable alternative.

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Continuing the trend of retiring its traditional database and process tools, Microsoft just announced the end-of-life of Sharepoint workflows in Sharepoint online. A couple of years ago, Microsoft had similarly retired the online version of Microsoft Access available through SharePoint online.

Going by Google search volumes for “Sharepoint workflows”, it seems like a lot of people continue to use the feature, and are going to be left high and dry.

What is immediately being retired – Sharepoint Online 2010 workflows

Microsoft is completely retiring workflows in Sharepoint 2010 online in short order.

  • 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.

What is not being retired, but deprecated – Sharepoint Online 2013 workflows

According to Microsoft, users of Sharepoint Online 2013 can continue using workflows, but it will be deprecated – meaning, there will be no new development of that feature. No definite timeline has been given. However, it is clear that workflows don’t have a future in Sharepoint Online 2013 either.

A credible alternative – Workmap.ai

Sharepoint 2010 users are probably already scrambling for an alternative given the impending deadline. Even for Sharepoint 2013 users, now might be a good time to look, before Microsoft springs a surprise.

We have been developing Sharepoint alternative solutions for the last 10 years. Our philosophy – easy to use, web based alternatives that deliver excellence of user experience.

(HyperOffice is) a Sharepoint Antidote” – Huffington Post

Our WorkMap.ai allows you to do exactly the things you did with Sharepoint workflows, but offers a drastically simpler and more modern experience. Some things you can do:

  • Create multi step processes
  • Assign tasks to different people responsible at different stages
  • Simple When-this/Then-this rules engine for automating notifications and behavior of data
  • Capture data through do-it-yourself web forms

We would be super happy to help if you have been left scrambling by Microsoft. You can also sign up for a free trial and give it a spin on your own!

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