Starting with Microsoft SharePoint 2007 and continuing with SharePoint 2010, the core SharePoint engine hosted the Windows Workflow Foundation runtime and stored all workflow-related data within the SharePoint content databases. This approach was convenient because customers did not have anything to configure: workflow functioned right out of the box in even the most basic installations. However, there were downsides to this approach: it was hard to get telemetry data on the deployed and running workflows because developers and administrators were limited to the exposure provided by the SharePoint application programming interfaces (APIs).
Microsoft has taken a very different approach to workflow in SharePoint Server ...
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