Microsoft discontinues its InfoPath electronic-forms product

Microsoft discontinues its InfoPath electronic-forms product

Summary: Microsoft officials are confirming that InfoPath is at the end of the road and a new, still unreleased forms technology will be taking its place.

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As had been rumored for a while, Microsoft is discontinuing its InfoPath electronic forms product.

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Company officials confirmed the news in a January 31 post to the Office Blogs site. From that post on the future of electronic 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. The InfoPath Forms Services technology within Office 365 will be maintained and it will function until further notice."

Microsoft is "working on migration guidance" as it is building its "next generation of forms technology," officials added in the post, noting that Microsoft will continue to support InfoPath 2013 and InfoPath Forms Services for SharePoint Server 2013 through April 2023. Execs said Microsoft will provide more specifics on the future of Office forms "later this year" and will provide a sneak peek of what's being built at the company's SharePoint Conference 2014 in March.

Microsoft first introduced InfoPath as part of Office 2003.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Cloud, Collaboration, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • LOL were still converting from JetForms to InfoPath

    yes, Jetforms was discontinued oh about 10 years ago :-)
    greywolf7
    • Office 2013 and InfoPath 2013 will still be supported for years.

      At least they gave you plenty of warning.
      techvet
    • list of alternative solutions

      You gonna like this list http://list.ly/list/EKk-infopath-replacements
      lapiovra
  • What the ****

    After Silverlight, they are now killing InfoPath ?
    After the abomination that is Modern U.I on P.C ?
    After the sheer ugliness, the uneeded and radical shift of the user experience of the last version of products such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM ?
    Are they nuts or insane ?
    I think that i will seriously consider alternative technologies because i do not trust Microsoft for my future business needs.
    timiteh
    • Question

      How much does your business rely on infopath, and I am sure you will upgrade before the 2023 deadline of no support.
      schultzycom
    • Sounds like

      you didn't like Microsoft anyway.
      Moosehouse
      • After being shafted by Microsoft several times...

        Why should he?
        jessepollard
    • Switch to Nintex

      Best wysiwyg form designer for SharePoint, with firewall traversal and mobile client working also offline. Nintex.com

      good luck
      stempesta
      • Forms Designer

        I would recommend to look at Forms Designer (spform.com). It provides rich Silverlight interface for creating forms directly in the browser. The forms are generated as *.aspx pages as if you created them via SharePoint Designer. So, it is very well integrated into SharePoint and supports all types of columns including 3rd party ones. Moreover it provides rules engine which allows to create completely different forms for multiple SharePoint groups or fields values.
        spform
  • InfoPath

    Don Box must be shedding a tear today. Wasn't InfoPath his baby once he left DevelopMentor for MS?
    fourbadcats
    • No

      Don worked on Microsoft's distributed systems technologies including COM (of course), but mostly WCF (nee 'Indigo'), WF, etc.
      bitcrazed
  • Dynamic Microsoft

    Microsoft brings on new products and discontinues on a pretty rapid pace nowadays. This is where I find a lot of frustration. Sometimes there is an upgrade path, and sometimes there is not. In the cases there is not, it's a huge amount of work migrating for a software upgrade. Microsoft isn't the only one that does this, a lot of commercial software is victim of this behaviour to force the end user to buy new versions frequently. And even open source software stops development on particular products because of lack of interest or time (if the product is totally done on a voluntary basis). But I have less tolerance for products that are paid for, versus ones that are free. And since open source is open (meaning the code is available), the chances of an upgrade path is much higher than closed source and proprietary products.
    Chris_Clay
    • The upgrade path in this case...

      ...is still within the Office Pro license model. As the functionality InfoPath provides today is supposed to be integrated into the apps that are port of the Pro Office pack. I think this is a natural evolution, one application less to remember.
      Hans:P
      • *part of the...

        ...
        Hans:P
  • Remember these discontinued Office apps:

    Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 v2 - Microsoft should have kept this one going.
    Microsoft Vizact 2000
    Microsoft Liquid Motion
    Microsoft Team Manager 97
    adacosta38
    • Other discontinued apps

      Microsoft Publisher
      Microsoft FrontPage
      navyjax2@...
      • It's going even further...

        Even the successor of FrontPage, Expression Web, has been discontinued.
        sevenacids
      • Publisher

        Uh, Publisher hasn't been discontinued.
        Jason Joyner
  • Maybe good news for me

    As an Access programmer and app developer at least it appears they are not going to discontinue Access. Most people denigrate Access as puerile, but can create some pretty solid apps quickly for many custom projects.
    brickengraver
    • Not only that

      Its probably the best in its kind out there to teach desktop database management to students in and to have an idea how databases work in an approachable way. I used it back in high school and its used widely here in the Caribbean here as part of the IT Curriculum to teach DBM and for IT School Based Assessment paper. I am sure if development were to end, there would be an uproar, then again, most schools are still on version 2003 and 2007, so if MS were to discontinue development, it likely wouldn't affect teaching DBM from a theoretical point of view for many years. I remember back in the mid 90's FoxPro and Borland DB were the popular desktop DBs of choice and lets not forget Paradox.
      adacosta38