Today people use SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio (I haven’t played around creating workflows with VS though) or third party tools like K2, Nintex for building/designing workflows. Adding to this ‘elite list’ of workflow designers is Visio 2010!
Yep, now business users can make use of Visio 2010 to create workflows which can be exported. Though there is no information on whether these exported workflows can be imported using SharePoint Designer 2010 or directly from SharePoint 2010, I think SharePoint Designer 2010 should support importing these Visio SharePoint Workflows.
If you are in the Office 2010 technical preview, you can download Visio 2010.
Below are some screenshots of the new Visio 2010 SharePoint Workflow Template:
Here is my simple workflow I designed:
You can also validate your workflow before exporting or saving
After its successfully validated, you can then export
Exporting the workflow creates a .vwi file:
The .vwi is nothing but a but a zip file which consists of:
What happens next is yet to be figured and I hope information will start flowing as soon as Microsoft unveils SharePoint 2010 in the SharePoint Conference!
Until then, lets enjoy designing workflows in Visio 2010!