SharePoint 2010 workflows ending in 2020

Microsoft have announced that SharePoint 2010 workflows will be “retired” from SharePoint Online in November 2020.

For customers using SharePoint 2010 workflows, Microsoft have recommended migrating to Power Automate throughout 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

What about SharePoint workflows for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 workflows will remain supported, “although deprecated”, according to Microsoft. It’s recommended that Microsoft customers move to Power Automate or other supported solutions if they have SharePoint 2013.

What is Power Automate?

Previously known as Microsoft Flow, this is an online workflow service that automates actions across the most common apps and services. Get started quickly with pre-built connectors to hundreds of on-premises and cloud apps and services. Automate processes within the apps you use every day with seamless integration across Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and Azure. Read our blog post here on how Microsoft’s Power Platform can enhance your Microsoft 365 experience.

Why is Microsoft making this change?

It has become apparent that businesses are utilising the benefits of automation more frequently. Microsoft have enhanced their offering for this level of demand, by introducing the Microsoft Power Platform. Made up of PowerApps, Power BI and Power Automate, these significantly improve how businesses get things done. Read our blog post here on how automation can help even small teams in organisations.

SharePoint workflows aren’t disappearing; they’re simply changing. After August 1, 2020, new Microsoft 365 customers can use SharePoint 2013 workflows or Power Automate. However, SharePoint 2013 workflows will follow a similar retirement path in the future, so it’s highly recommended to use Power Automate or other supported solutions. You won’t lose any content during the transition. However, all migration of workflows is a manual process (and something we can help with!)

This increase in functionality can enable businesses to improve their reporting, admin processes, and other time-consuming tasks. Automating such things inevitably builds further resilience for these organisations. Download out guide here on how Microsoft 365 can build business resilience. 

What else can I do?

For many organisations, the people who set up the original SharePoint workflows may have left the organisation; which could make migrating these workflows a little tricky. A lot of people may not even know where to start. Get in touch with us today and our Microsoft consultants can provide specialist advice that suits how your business operates. Each workflow is built differently, and we’re particularly good at ensuring each workflow is designed to meet bespoke business goals.