Microsoft Retiring InfoPath And SharePoint Forms

Microsoft has announced the retirement of its Office InfoPath forms-entry software, favoring a, yet-to-be-announced, next generation technology, expected to be revealed later this year.

Microsoft says, “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.” A detailed information can be found in the official blog post.

Although Microsoft is ending the Infopath, it will continue to provide support to its users. The Microsoft Office team says, “Until we have more detailed technology roadmap and guidance to share with you, we encourage you to continue using InfoPath tools. We also want to remind you 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.”

For the curious minds, attending Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference, to be held in Las Vegas from 3-6 March, will help you get a sneak peek into the next generation tech Microsoft is working on.