Amazon WorkDocs Woes: AWS to Shutter Service

Amazon WorkDocs home page

WorkDocs end of support coming

I logged into an AWS account early this week, ready to review the Amazon WorkDocs service and train a customer. However, an unwelcome notification greeted me at the top of the WorkDocs console.

Support is ending in April 2025. That is, the service will no longer be available.

Amazon WorkDocs Notification

Apparently Amazon made the “difficult decision” to end support for its WorkDocs document sharing and collaboration platform. So, as of April 26th, 2024, new customer sign-ups and account upgrades are no longer available. And one year later, on April 25, 2025, the Amazon WorkDocs site, APIs, and Drive will be permanently shut down and all customer data deleted. I am disappointed that somehow, I didn’t directly receive this notification.

For customers like me and Tech Reformers clients who have been actively moving content into WorkDocs, this announcement comes as a major blow. According to Amazon’s email notification, there is an April 2025 cutoff date. “[The] Amazon WorkDocs site, APIs, and Drive will no longer be available, and all data will be permanently deleted.”

Migration Choices

AWS has built a data migration tool to help customers export their content to Amazon S3 storage. It’s still, however, a significant disruption for those of us who had bought into WorkDocs as our go-forward content management solution.

Interestingly, Amazon seems to be pointing impacted customers to Dropbox as an alternative. AWS is offering discounts on Dropbox licenses purchased through the AWS Marketplace.

Did You See the End of Amazon WorkDocs Coming?

The writing may have been on the wall. Business Insider reported last year that Amazon itself had purchased over one million Microsoft 365 licenses for its own workforce, representing a $1B+ commitment to Microsoft’s competing productivity and content management suite.

As an AWS spokesperson stated, “[Amazon] must sometimes make the difficult decision to pivot when [they] believe [their] resources should be invested elsewhere to better serve [customers].” It seems Amazon WorkDocs simply failed to gain enough traction.

This situation underscores the importance of having contingency plans and exit strategies in place, even when leveraging services from trusted providers like AWS. Sometimes with little warning, cloud providers will eliminate solutions.

I’m curious if other AWS customers were caught off guard by this WorkDocs announcement like I was. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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John Krull

John Krull is the Founder and President of Tech Reformers, LLC. Tech Reformers is a cloud service provider focused on K-12 Digital Transformation. Areas of practice include Infrastructure, Cloud Adoption, Managed Services for Cybersecurity, Student Safety, Disaster Recovery, and Content Services. John is a former CIO at Seattle Public Schools and former CTO at Oakland Unified School District. Prior to 15 years leading school system technology, John worked at Microsoft and various startups implementing web and video technologies. John began his long career as a teacher.