We admit to nearly spilling our coffee this morning as we got wind of the news that Microsoft seems ready to give up on InfoPath, and moving towards a new form-based technology. Now, before you spill your Café Mocha, understand this is Microsoft, where Windows XP is just beginning to see its official end time coming, and even that won’t happen until April 8th. So… the end-times are not really nigh.
In a statement, Microsoft says that they are:
“….retiring InfoPath and investing in new forms technology across SharePoint, Access, and Word. This means that InfoPath 2013 is the last release of the desktop client, and InfoPath Forms Services in SharePoint Server 2013 is the last release of InfoPath Forms Services. The InfoPath Forms Services technology within Office 365 will be maintained and it will function until further notice.”
Microsoft further states that they will announce a migration plan as they work to develop the replacement to InfoPath. They also remind everyone that “…the InfoPath 2013 desktop client and InfoPath Forms Services for SharePoint Server 2013 will continue to be supported through 2023 as part of our Lifecycle support policy.”
How does this change impact you? Is it a cause for concern, or will you just embrace whatever the Mother Ship sends down as a replacement? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.