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?
Just to clarify for all, SharePoint Designer 2013 WILL work with SharePoint 2016 and no functionality will be lost! If you want to learn how to make workflows in SharePoint Designer for 2010/2013/2016 check out my Pluralsight course! http://spvlad.com/vladSPDesigner
Seems like Microsoft is running away from giving free stuff and focusing more to pull customers towards 0365 and money making strategies.
I think this is a bad move on Microsoft’s part. Removing the ability to easily modify lists and libraries and add basic workflows limits how SharePoint is used by most end users. Visual Studio is available for programmers to modify, but as an analyst and developer, I need and appreciate tools that allow me to provide an end product that users want to use. SPD 2013 is bad enough, but totally removing it is a bad message to people like me. This is supposed to be not only a content management system, but a collaborative platform. If Microsoft cannot or is not willing to supply the resources necessary to develop and maintain an application, such as SP Designer, then they are not serious about the entire SharePoint platform.
They have the best developers, let them develop something that is worthy of SharePoint.
Any updates in an older version do not necessarily means death – SharePoint 2016 is an updated and improved version of SharePoint 2013.
Like all updated versions, SharePoint 2016 aims at delivering more improved user interface, flexible deployment options, and a new & agile IT infrastructure.
Microsoft SharePoint 2016 enables easy customizations. Microsoft community confirmed that SharePoint 2016 is designed, developed and tested with the Microsoft software as a service (SaaS) strategy, at its core.
Check this link for more details:http://ericoverfield.com/ignite-2015-announcement-there-will-be-no-sharepoint-designer-2016/