Introduced with Microsoft’s release of SharePoint 2010, the SharePoint 2010 Workflow Platform provided essential tools to automate business processes and advanced approval support. The SharePoint 2010 Workflow Platform has since been supported in all subsequent versions of SharePoint (including SharePoint Online).

On July 6th, 2020 Microsoft announced the support for SharePoint 2010 workflows in Microsoft 365 will be ending in a two phased approach. Starting on August 1st, 2020 – SharePoint 2010 platform workflows will be turned off for newly created M365 tenants. Existing tenants will continue to have SharePoint 2010 platform workflow through November 1st, 2020. On this date, Microsoft will begin to remove the ability to create, modify and run SharePoint 2010 platform workflows in existing M365 tenants.

Does this mean you’re affected?

Those that need to address their environments with the above dates in mind include all Microsoft 365/SharePoint Online customers with existing SharePoint 2010 workflows (including Government and DoD organizations).  If you have migrated from an on-prem instance of SharePoint (2010, 2013, 2016) and elected to move your workflows to the cloud as-is, you will need to quickly evaluate and decide on your path forward.  If you are in the process of migrating or planning a migration today, you should also know that SharePoint 2010 workflows will be turned off on August 1, 2020 for any newly created tenants.  Microsoft recommends migration to Power Automate (Flow).

Organizations like yours operating in SharePoint Online can begin the process of mitigating the potential interruption in automated processes by acting NOW. In addition, for those planning or actively migrating to M365 need to take action to avoid issues with the retirement of SharePoint 2010 workflows.

The Office 365 expert consultants at Oakwood are perfectly positioned to assist companies in working through the process of replacing legacy workflows using the Power Automate tool set.  


What You Can Expect from Oakwood’s Team

  • Reports detailing distribution of legacy workflows across SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 workflows
  • Reports detailing distribution of built-in and custom workflow usage
  • Which sites and lists use workflows
  • Determine which workflows are active (Configured for On Create, On Change, Manual) to limit the scope of workflows that need to be updated 

Oakwood Can Then Further Assist With…

  • Analyze Findings
  • Inventory workflows, lists and libraries that are affected
  • Work with you to prioritize-
    • High Priority/High Value – discuss options for rebuild and estimate effort as requested
    • Low Priority/Low Value – discuss impact of disabling workflow
  • Rebuild workflows using Power Automate (Flow).
  • Work collaboratively – our team and yours – to rebuild and provide enablement services
  • Be available for architecture/design reviews as your team rebuilds

Please send us a message below to learn more about how we can get started on your SharePoint environment!