In office 2016 there is no SharePoint Designer. The new view in SharePoint Online doesn't support transitioning to SharePoint Designer any more. And even the 2013 Designer doesn't support as much as the 2010 version.

To me it looks like Microsoft is abandoning it's designer functionalities. We use the designer functionalities a lot to make for example workflows.

  1. Are there any decent alternatives for the designer functionalities?
  2. Are there any decent alternatives for creating/adapting custom workflows?

My employer is in favor of free or low cost solutions (many employees)

I know SharePoint 2013 still works with the current version, but am looking for alternatives that will still work after Microsoft's disabling of the Return to classic SharePoint button. (My libraries tend now to switch almost daily to the new view)


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New way creating workflows using SharePoint online is Microsoft Flow


New way of creating responsive views is PowerApps


Both these tools are integrated with new SharePoint list experiences.


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  • Note these features are still in Preview mode and it is unclear as to what the licensing and limits will be at this point. Until that is all clarified, there is SharePoint Designer 2013 as Benny mentions. Oct 25, 2016 at 12:43

For SharePoint 2016, you use SharePoint Designer 2013. It works out of the box just the same way you would use it in a SharePoint 2013 farm.

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