Feb03

The Death of InfoPath Forms?

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’tsharepoint 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.

5 Comments

  1. Smitty

    knew it was coming…but I haven’t found a decent replacement for sql database forms…anywhere…please don’t make me use Access!!!! I’ve been able to ‘de-couple’ my apps from using Access to using SharePoint to host the forms, reports, web pages, and documents…which allows me to change one piece w/o rolling out a whole new app…what now? InfoPath is a very powerful form tool…I hope their replacement can do the things IP does!

    1. Unbounded Solutions

      We think you’ll be okay with InfoPath forms in the near future – MS is saying that they will be supported for another 10 years. But it bears watching to see what they will be pushing as the new best practice.

    2. Ana Venn

      If InfoPath fits your current needs, you should take a look at Formotus, which allow you to run these forms on your Android/iPad/iPhone/Windows 8 mobile devices. They will have a conversion path from existing InfoPath forms moving forward.

  2. Tom Chaudhry.

    I hope Mother Ship brings the alternative soon. As we need to develop more forms and other companies are bombarding emails with their alternative solutions. Thanks. Tom Chaudhry.

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