I have an interesting scenario where I have to develop a workflow for an SP2013/O365 environment, but it has to be an SP2010 workflow, because Azure is not supported / allowed. This is a new workflow, not a legacy one being migrated to 2013.

How can I go about doing this? Is it possible to do in VS2012? Even if I made the first step of the workflow the "Start 2010 WF" action, is that already using the Azure service bus? Are SP2010 workflow actions available in VS2012?

Would I have to develop a 2010 workflow in VS2010, and then import the workflow into VS2012? Can this then be deployed as an integrated workflow app? If not, how can I deploy it to the site that needs it?

Am I going to be stuck with doing it all in Designer? (Please tell me no...)

Edit to add: I just want to make it clear that deploying a farm solution is not an option. This is for SharePoint 2013 online, not on-premises.

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Seeing as migrated 2010 workflow work, the workflow back-end is all running and functional.

You can still develop 2010 style workflows and deploy them using a normal Farm Solution (as you would in 2010).

You might have trouble in future migrations (as the built-in engine's future isn't clear) and you definitely won't be able to move this workflow to SharePoint online.

The 2010 actions are run by the built-in workflow engine and not the Azure engine.

Use one of the Visual Studio Item Templates below: enter image description here

  • Thanks for the answer. I guess I should point out that this is definitely for SharePoint online, deploying a farm solution is not an option. Considering that, how do you think I can get an SP2010 workflow on to SP2013 online? Dec 2, 2014 at 15:56
  • Sadly, in this case, I think only through Designer. Since 2010 workflows use a compiled assembly, you need a farm solution to deploy them (since the user code host service (sandbox) is no longer available online)
    – Choggo
    Dec 2, 2014 at 16:00

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