SharePoint 2013 Workflow Will Be Retired in 2026 – Time to Modernize with Power Automate
SharePoint 2013 workflow will be officially retired and removed from Microsoft 365 on April 2, 2026, per the latest Microsoft announcements. This applies to all Microsoft 365 environments, including Government Clouds. Unlike when SharePoint 2010 workflow was retired in November 2020, Microsoft indicates there will be no extensions granted.
The recommended workflow orchestration tool in Microsoft 365 is Power Automate (formerly known as Flow), which was released in 2016 and is used widely throughout the Microsoft customer base. It is cloud-based, part of the Power Platform suite of products, and is a modern workflow tool that connects to all Microsoft 365 services and over 700 other services to build custom enterprise workflows. The benefits of modernization are worth the burden of moving off the deprecated technology, although it is never convenient.
Who will be affected by the SharePoint 2013 workflow retirement?
- Customers who adopted SharePoint 2013 workflows and have active solutions in production in Microsoft 365.
- Customers who moved from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 workflows as a stop-gap solution to the SharePoint 2010 workflow retirement announcement in 2020.
- Customers who have a third-party workflow engine that is dependent on SharePoint 2013 workflow, such as Nintex Workflow and others.
How to get started
It is recommended to run the Microsoft 365 Assessment tool to identify the current usage of SharePoint 2013 workflow in your tenant. From there, you can use the Power BI Workflow Report to:
- Assess the viability of your SharePoint 2013 workflows.
- Identify lists, libraries, and content types using SharePoint 2013 workflows.
- Get a Power Automate upgradability score to see if your workflows will translate to Power Automate.
- Upgrade those that are pertinent to your organization.
For more information, read the official Microsoft post.
Get expert help migrating your SharePoint 2013 workflows to Power Automate
As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we are helping customers migrate to Power Automate, much as we did for SharePoint 2010 workflow retirement, and are currently doing for InfoPath replacement.
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