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Default Content Approval Workflow not firing after Check-In from Office 2007

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 06, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint
 

I have created an Approval Workflow for a Document Library and assigned it as the Default Content Approval Workflow (in the UI: Start this workflow to approve publishing a major version of an item).

If, through the SharePoint web interface, I "Check-In" and select a Major Version (e.g. 1.0) or I "Publish a Major Version", this workflow is initiated as one would expect.

However, if through Microsoft Office 2007 (e.g. Word) I Check-In the document as a Major Version (e.g. 1.0) it does NOT initiate the workflow. It DOES set the Document Status to Pending but does NOT initiate the Approval workflow. It then becomes necessary to "Cancel [the] Approval" in the GUI and re-Publish it in order for the workflow to be initiated. This is crazy! Microsoft have achieved fantastic results with their Office integration, why hasn't the initiation of the Default Content Approval Workflow been included?

Can anybody replicate this? What is the correct channel for reporting this to Microsoft? Has anybody else discovered this and found a solution?

I can't believe SharePoint has been used as a Document Management System and nobody else has discovered this flaw?




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