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Microsoft SharePoint Designer
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SharePoint Designer 2013 (x64) running on Windows 8
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release November 30, 2006; 10 years ago (2006-11-30)
Last release
2013 (15.0) / October 30, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-10-30)[1]
Development status Discontinued[2][3]
Operating system Windows 7 or later[1]
Platform IA-32 and x64
Size 282 MB324 MB[1]
Type HTML editor/Wiki editor
License Freeware

Microsoft SharePoint Designer (SPD), formerly known as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, is a discontinued HTML editor freeware specialized in creating or modifying Microsoft SharePoint sites, workflows and web pages. It is a part of Microsoft SharePoint family of products.[4] It was formerly a part of Microsoft Office 2007 family, but has never been included in any of the Microsoft Office suites. SharePoint Designer 2013 was the last version of this product.[2][3]


SharePoint Designer and its sister product, Microsoft Expression Web, are successors of Microsoft FrontPage. While Expression Web serves as the full-featured successor to FrontPage, SharePoint Designer focuses on designing and customizing Microsoft SharePoint websites. For instance, it only includes SharePoint-specific site templates. The first version, SharePoint Designer 2007, retains more FrontPage features than Expression Web (such as web components, database, marquee, hit counter, navigation bars and map insert). SharePoint Designer 2007 was initially a commercial software product. On March 31, 2009, however, SharePoint Designer 2007 was made available as freeware.[5][6]

On April 24, 2009, Microsoft released SharePoint Designer 2007 Service Pack 2.[7] On April 21, 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010 was released and made available for download.[8] On October 24, 2011, Microsoft released SharePoint Designer 2007 Service Pack 3.[9]

SharePoint Designer 2010, the successor to SharePoint Designer 2007, was released to web on April 21, 2010 in two flavors for IA-32 and x64 CPUs.[10][11] Unlike its predecessor, however, it does not operate in absence of Microsoft SharePoint Server or Microsoft SharePoint Foundation and therefore cannot be used as a generic HTML editor.[12]

On October 30, 2012, Microsoft released SharePoint Designer 2013.[1] This was the last version of SharePoint Designer; following the announcement of SharePoint 2016 in Ignite 2015 conference, Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager of Microsoft, announced that a corresponding SharePoint Designer would not be released with this product.[2][3]


SharePoint Designer shares its codebase, UI and HTML rendering engine with Expression Web, and does not rely on Internet Explorer's Trident engine.[13] It features a workflow designer that allows users of SharePoint to create workflow so that workflow can automate the process with the concept and objects such as list item, content type, and list column within SharePoint server. Starting from SharePoint 2013, it provides text-based designer and visual designer for non-developer users.


  1. ^ a b c d "SharePoint Designer 2013". Download Center. Microsoft. October 30, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Kashman, Mark (8 May 2015). "SharePoint UNPLUGGED! Questions Answered on Anything You Heard This Week". Microsoft. 
  3. ^ a b c Overfield, Eric (11 May 2015). "Ignite 2015 Announcement – There will be no SharePoint Designer 2016". Eric Overfield blog. 
  4. ^ "Product Information: Related Technologies". Microsoft SharePoint website. Microsoft. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Video: SharePoint Designer 2007 (April 2009 Announcement)". Download Center. Microsoft. April 1, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "SharePoint Designer 2007". Download Center. Microsoft. March 31, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)". Download Center. Microsoft. April 24, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (32-bit)". Download Center. Microsoft. April 21, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Service Pack 3 for SharePoint Designer 2007 (KB2526089)". Download Center. Microsoft. October 24, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (32-bit)". Download Center. Microsoft. April 21, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (64-bit)". Download Center. Microsoft. April 21, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Hoover, Kolby (November 2, 2009). "SharePoint Designer 2010 New Shell Tour". Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog. Microsoft. Retrieved January 27, 2013. A Few Limitations to Call Out [~snip~] As we shifted to being a powerful and usable toolset for SharePoint 2010, we securely attached to SharePoint. In other words, SPD focused at being only a SharePoint tool. Unfortunate for some, this means that you won’t be able to use its page editor without also having SharePoint. The page editor is only available when a SharePoint site is open. 
  13. ^ Mauceri, Rob (April 16, 2007). "Office Live and SharePoint". Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog. Microsoft. Retrieved January 27, 2013. SharePoint Designer doesn't use Trident. SharePoint Designer, Expression Web, and the next version of Visual Studio's Visual Web Designer (code name Orcas) all use the same standards-based web design component. This component was developed jointly by the three product teams for high fidelity rendering of web standards like CSS, XHTML, as well as 

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