On 20 January 2016, Microsoft announced the availability of SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) that is an update to SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 and can be installed over Beta 2, but it was not included InfoPath 2016 and SharePoint Designer 2016 as SharePoint Server 2013 RC!
Thence, you should be aware of the following:
- InfoPath 2013 and SharePoint Designer 2013 will be the last versions of those products.
- SharePoint Designer is not being re-released with SharePoint Server 2016.
- Microsoft will continue to support custom workflows built with SharePoint Designer and hosted on SharePoint Server 2016 and Office 365.
- The support for InfoPath 2013 and SharePoint Designer 2013 will match the support life cycle for SharePoint Server 2016, running until 2026.
- SharePoint Designer 2013 will still be used, against SharePoint 2013 and 2016 on-premises and SharePoint Online, for the same purposes it has always been used.
- InfoPath 2013 will still be used to create InfoPath Forms Libraries and to customize SharePoint list forms.
So In this article, I’ll dig to find alternatives for SharePoint Designer 2016 & InfoPath 2016 by answering the below questions:
- What’re the alternatives for SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 in SharePoint 2016?!
- Have you ever heard about the PowerApps?!
- Have you ever heard about the Microsoft Flow?!
- Is PowerApps and Microsoft Flow supported for SharePoint 2016 On-Prem?
- Did you consider Microsoft Flow & PowerApps are replacing SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 in SharePoint 2016?
- How to get started with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow?
(1) What’re the alternatives for SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 in SharePoint 2016?
Microsoft hasn’t announced a frank replacement for SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 yet, but you can still use SharePoint Designer 2013 64 bit as well as InfoPath 2013 for use with SharePoint 2016.
SharePoint Designer 2013 can be downloaded from here for free.
(2) Have you ever heard about the PowerApps?!
On 30 November 2015, Microsoft announced the availability of a new PowerApps product,
PowerApps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile – without the time and expense of custom software development.
PowerApps is connecting, creating and sharing business apps with your team on any device from anywhere in minutes.
PowerApps is also access, capture, and share data and automate tasks and accomplish more.
(3) Have you ever heard about the Microsoft Flow?!
Microsoft Flow is a public cloud service to help individuals and teams to set up automated workflows between their favorite apps and services to synchronize, get notifications, collect data, and more. for more details check https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/
(4) Are PowerApps and Microsoft Flow supported for SharePoint 2016 On-Prem?
As a short answer, No, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are cloud-based services that are not supported for On-Prem SharePoint versions.
PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are being licensed to most SharePoint Online tenants (E1, E3, E5, Plan1/ Plan2 and Essentials).
By the way, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow can be work with on-premises data in SQL and SharePoint as simply as cloud-based data using the data gateway,
(5) Did you consider Microsoft Flow & PowerApps are supplanting SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016?
PowerApps does not replace InfoPath 2016, and Microsoft Flow does not replace SharePoint Designer 2016.
PowerApps creates an entirely new class of capability of building mobile business applications without code.
PowerApps can create forms like applications that connect to not only Microsoft products like Office 365 and SharePoint Online but also third-party platforms such as Twitter, Dropbox, Check the full list of connection here.
PowerApps can overcome the InfoPath browser forms limitation on mobile where InfoPath browser forms do not work on mobile devices when SharePoint Online mobile view is enabled.
PowerApps might be used to create an application where InfoPath might have been used before.
Although PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are the successors to InfoPath and SharePoint Designer for many common business scenarios, especially custom forms used on SharePoint lists. but in my humble opinion, I don’t consider they are as a frank replacement for a SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 yet, which are only a cloud-based solutions, I wish it will support On-Premises in the near feature.
- PowerApps can be used now to connect to SharePoint On-Premises and retrive data from Lists through a gatway.
- It’s support Sharepoint On-Premises 2013/2016.
(6) How to learn PowerApps and Microsoft Flow?
To get started with PowerApps check https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/
To get started with Microsoft Flow check https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/