2017 UPDATE: if you are looking how to use SharePoint Designer 2013 with SharePoint Online / 2016, then please check out : “There is no SharePoint Designer 2016, but you can still use SharePoint Designer 2013“.
If you followed the social activity on the web ‘post ignite’ you may seen that SharePoint Designer may be killed off in SharePoint 2016. See Ben’s tweet after a session he attended :
Is this for real? If so, what’s going to replace it (if anything). I suspect this is just part of the general move to stop the amount of ‘customisations’ that customer’s currently do in SharePoint. Microsoft can’t maintain and support these long term (as it shackles innovation in the product), so I think it’s probably a good thing. There are often other ways to achieve the same thing in most cases.
What do you think? Will you miss it?
SharePoint Designer is free tool which have multiple version and use to do the customization’s, workflow development and branding of SharePoint Applications. SharePoint Designer 2007, SharePoint Designer 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2013 work with MOSS 2007, SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 respectively. SharePoint Designer 2013 also used for SharePoint Online to do customization’s, branding, workflow development and many other tasks. Things are still unclear what will be substitute of SharePoint Designer in SharePoint 2016, OR Microsoft going to introduce a new tool for as a substitute of SharePoint Designer OR all the customization will be performed using web browser as Microsoft already introduced Design Manager in SharePoint Server 2013 for branding so it is possibility that all customization will be performed using browser interface. This can be a good option as a new Browser Edge is also new windows version Windows 10, but anyways SharePoint Designer lovers including me will miss this product who use it for doing most of the customization and haters who always raise issues on SharePoint Designer will also gonna miss this product.