Today is a great day in my organization as we’re able to publically announce the release of Workflow Manager 1.0, which is now available for download. Workflow Manager 1.0 allows you to host and manage long-running Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) applications. Workflow Manager was designed to meet the scale and multi-tenant needs of your modern enterprise applications while also increasing developer and administrator productivity. Workflow Manager is the backing technology for SharePoint Workflows in SharePoint Server 2013 and the next version of Office 365, and SharePoint support has been a key focus for this first release of Workflow Manager.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF SOFTWARE-AS-A-SERVICE ISVS & THE ENTERPRISEWorkflow Manager 1.0 extends the functionality originally delivered with Windows Workflow Foundation and allows ISVs and enterprise organizations to host and manage these long-running workflows. This includes support for deployments which require multi-tenancy support, scalability and high availability.
DEVELOPER AND ADMINISTRATOR PRODUCTIVITYWorkflow Manager 1.0 allows you to build on the core programming model and runtime of Windows Workflow Foundation in .NET and extends the programming model with new declarative data and messaging options; this includes support for calling REST services and simple pub-sub based communication, leveraging the newly released Service Bus 1.0 for Windows Server. Workflow Manager 1.0 also provides new capabilities for managing system tenants, activities and workflow instances. This includes repository and version management for published activities and workflows. In addition, workflow instances can be programmatically started, queried and terminated, and all management operations are supported via a set of REST services, PowerShell cmdlets and a client API.Messaging and management are clearly two critical areas for building and maintaining workflow solutions, and this is an area where we will continue to invest as we evolve this technology.
PRICING AND LICENSINGWorkflow Manager 1.0 is available today from the download center and is a free piece of technology for use with Windows Server. Workflow Manager 1.0 is also supported in Windows Azure Virtual Machines.For examples of the various features in the product, please refer to the content provided here. For any questions and/or feedback, please reach out to us on the Workflow Manager 1.0 MSDN forum.We are excited to bring this solution to the market and look forward to seeing the solutions customers and partners deliver with it.Learn more about Workflow Manager 1.0
Jürgen WillisPrincipal Group Program Manager