What's New: Workflow Enhancements
Published: May 2010
In Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, the Windows Workflow Foundation provided a highly extensible workflow model to the SharePoint platform. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 continues to build upon the functionality available in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and improves and expands your options so that you can build rich workflows that can accommodate even more complex business scenarios. This topic presents the new features that are available for workflows in SharePoint Foundation 2010.
The following is a list of the improvements and additions that have been added to the new product version.
New Workflow Activities
New workflow actions are built into the core installation of SharePoint Foundation. Workflow activities (also known as actions) are the building blocks of all workflows, and the addition of new activities gives you greater flexibility in your workflow design.
Pluggable Workflow Services
Pluggable workflow services are now available that allow you to create workflows that interact and receive data from external sources.
Workflows in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 were built to respond to a limited number of events. In SharePoint Foundation, workflows can interact with even more events. SharePoint Foundation also gives you the ability to create your own custom events and event receivers.
New site workflows break the dependency that Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 workflows had on list items. Site workflows now allow you to develop workflows that can be associated with specified events and other workflow activities.
Reusable Declarative Workflows
In the previous version, workflows were associated only with a specified list or document library and could not be packaged and deployed or copied to other lists or document libraries. In SharePoint Foundation, declarative workflows are reusable, which allows you to apply your workflow development efforts for one list to multiple places.