Some people have seen this application on their desktops and wondered what it is. Maybe you clicked on it and went “Oh god whats this”. Some of you maybe even playing around with it. However, how useful is Infopath?
Well Microsoft has responded to forums and feedback regarding the product and have decided rather than offering and maintaining a seperate product for forms. They are going to retire it.
Forms are a great way of inputting, reviewing and amending information. You can even have rule based input. However, did you know that you could do the same in Access or Excel already? Numberminds is in the process of using forms to help our HMRC CIS customers to input new sub-contractor information, weekly payments and create and lock monthly returns.
So why would people need to use Infopath?
Clearly, Microsoft has agreed and are moving to improve the forms elements of Sharepoint, Excel and Access.
So how are we evolving our forms technology? In an effort to streamline our investments and deliver a more integrated Office forms user experience, we’re 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.
If you’re using Infopath and are worried about this news then please get in touch with Numberminds and we can help you migrate away from a retiring solution..