Understanding workflow in SharePoint Server 2016


The 2010 platform is built into SharePoint and installs when you install SharePoint Server 2016. This embedded workflow engine was the only workflow option available to SharePoint Server in the 2010 release and the name stuck with all subsequent releases of SharePoint even though the embedded workflow engine has continued to increase stability.

2013 Workflow Platform

SharePoint Server 2016 can use the workflow service built on Windows Workflow Foundation. This service is called Workflow Manager and it is designed to play a central role in the enterprise. The 2013 platform is designed to scale and increase performance for large amounts of workflow activity. The platform was first introduced in SharePoint Server 2013 and maintains the name even though SharePoint Server 2016 introduced added stability and performance. The 2013 platform is available when you install the Workflow Manager product and configure it to work with the SharePoint Server 2016 farm.

To learn more about the SharePoint workflow platforms, see Understanding the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Platform and SharePoint 2010 Workflow Platform.


Author: "Sharepoint Thoughts"

I’m a Microsoft Certified IT Professional with 5+ Years Experience on SharePoint Technologies. Worked extensively on “SharePoint 2007”, “SharePoint 2010”, “SharePoint 2013” & “SharePoint 2016” on Implementation, Configuration & Troubleshooting several Projects.

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