Updated Workflow Developer Center

We’ve updated our Workflow Developer Center on MSDN.  We’ve simplified the design and refreshed the site with updated links.  As part of this work, we’ve also pulled together a list of key WF samples. Our goal is for this to be a go-to site that aggregates key Workflow resources, including documentation, samples, videos, and other important…


Workflow Session at //build/

We delivered a Workflow session at the //build/ conference yesterday.  Slides and a recording of the presentation are now available; it was a great opportunity to provide an update on all of our recent investments.  It was a packed session with lots of good questions and discussions afterward.  Thank you to everyone who was able to…

New Case Study from PayGlobal

We have a new case study from one of our good partners, PayGlobal.  The case study does a great job describing how WF contributes to their Exolvo solution.  It also highlights the developer productivity gains that PayGlobal’s consultants and customers are seeing from the Workflow designer enhancements we made in .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012.  From…


AppFabric Now Supported on Windows Server 2012

We have completed our validation work and are pleased to announce that Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server now supports the following platforms: .NET 4.5 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 x64 (for development purposes) Windows PowerShell 3.0 SQL Server 2012 No changes were required in AppFabric to run on these platforms, so no updates are required.


Announcing the Release of Workflow Manager 1.0

Today we announced the RTM release of Workflow Manager 1.0, a new offering that builds on and extends the capabilities of WF 4.5.  It’s been an incredibly busy time for the team, and we’re thrilled to get this release out to our customers, hot on the heels of our WF enhancements in .NET 4.5.  As previously mentioned,…


AppFabric Server

I’ve gotten a few questions about AppFabric for Windows Server, so I’d like to share some thoughts on the topic, specifically on the Workflow management aspects of AppFabric Server. First, it’s important to clarify what AppFabric Server is/isn’t, since I’ve seen some confusion on this.  Simply put, AppFabric provides a set of extensions for IIS-hosted…


Workflow Manager

I mentioned in the previous post that one of our key investments has been supporting the new workflow model in SharePoint 2013, which is now available in Preview form.  To accomplish this, we have been developing the “Workflow Manager”.  As the name implies Workflow Manager provides a hosting and management solution for workflows, built on…


Workflow Investments

We’ve been making significant investments in Workflow since the release of .NET 4, and now that we’re starting to wrap up some of these investments, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide a summary. The work falls into 3 major areas: Improvements in Windows Workflow Foundation in .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012, which…


Windows Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 Workflows

Scott Guthrie has a new blog post which highlights our work to support the new model for SharePoint apps and workflows in SharePoint 2013 and the next version of Office 365.   You can find more on SharePoint 2013 workflows, which are based on WF 4.5, on MSDN here. 


How to use LINQ in a Workflow

Question Can I use a LINQ Query such as the following in a Workflow? private static void ShowQueryWithCode(IEnumerable<string> names){ Console.WriteLine("Linq Query in Code – show names that start with ‘R’"); // Assuming there are no null entries in the names collection var query = from name in names where name.StartsWith("R") select name; // This is…