InfoPath Discontinued - Replace with SharePoint Custom Web Parts

 

At this point you have likely heard the news that Microsoft has announced the discontinuation of InfoPath.  This was officially released on January 31st.  A new version is expected to replace the desktop version but timeframe is unclear in the Microsoft statement:

Industry trends and feedback from our customers and partners make it clear that today’s businesses demand an intelligent, integrated forms experience that spans devices. We are looking to make investments that allow you to easily design, deploy, and use intelligent, integrated forms across Office clients, servers, and services—forms that everyone can use on their PC, tablet, or phone. Our goal is to deliver tools that are flexible and agile, so you can quickly connect to your data and processes in new and exciting ways.

So what does this mean for the companies that have developed in-house SharePoint solutions including InfoPath forms?  For the short run, not much.  The InfoPath 2013 client and InfoPath Forms Services for SharePoint Server 2013 will continue to be supported until April 2023.  It does bring up the question of whether or not it would be a good idea to develop a new solution using InfoPath knowing that its death is imminent.  To be fair, even prior to this news InfoPath had its limitations in developing enterprise solutions on the SharePoint platform.  That is why at DynamicPoint we made the design decision to leverage custom web parts in the creation of our SharePoint Applications for Microsoft Dynamics ERP; Employee Expense, Requisition Management, and Invoice Automation. If you are looking for an InfoPath alternative for automating these processes please check us out atwww.DynamicPoint.com.

Mike Marcin, DynamicPoint – SharePoint Expense, Invoice & Requisition Management applications built exclusively for the Microsoft Dynamics community.