Dear InfoPath, it’s time to say goodbye…

Now it is official. InfoPath client and form services in SharePoint will be retired. In many posts there were already questions about what’s going on with the form technology from Microsoft. Microsoft posted today in this blog about the future of InfoPath and form technology.

The key facts:

  • InfoPath client 2013 is the last published version
  • InfoPath Form Services are the last time published with SharePoint 2013
  • Support will go on till 2023
  • Microsoft recommends to use InfoPath further on
  • Microsoft will bring updates in the current year about new form technology and migration plans
  • Microsoft says it might be that SharePoint, Access and Word will be the next form technology

At the SharePoint Conference in March, Microsoft will announce some news on this topic:

If you’re attending the SharePoint Conference in March, you can get a sneak peek of what we’re building in “InfoPath and SharePoint Forms Roadmap” session.

The session should be available afterwards online. I think you’ll find it here.

Bye bye, InfoPath –  we had good days and bad days.

And what now?

First, if you planning to customize listforms, you should think twice about using InfoPath. It might be better to use different solution. It depends on the migration plan which i hope Microsoft will publish this year.

If you have already InfoPath forms in active solutions, you do not have to worry (exception for having code behind in it). Just wait for the migration plan. In SharePoint it is often possible to return to the default list form by using the listform settings.

Another aspect is: It is supported till 2023. I guess your application which is using InfoPath will be replaced by new fancy things till 2023 or at least i hope so.

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Karsten Pohnke About Karsten Pohnke
He is Consultant for SharePoint Solutions for collaboration, communication and business processes. He provides his customers applications based on standard features as well as development or combining the power of several microsoft tools like Dynamics CRM. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.

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