InfoPath 2013 is a Form Design Application that allows the user to create their own personal forms using already built rules as well as custom code. One of the best features to InfoPath 2013 is the fact that it allows you to fully customise your form. InfoPath 2013 is not only limited to just form design, but there are a lot of out of the box solutions (OOBS) to complete mostly any problem you get stuck on.
Having had the opportunity to be taught on InfoPath 2013 it left me with a heavy heart when Microsoft announced that InfoPath 2013 will be the final version of the application although it will still work within SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2016 On-Premise until further notice. That being said, what does this mean exactly for Office forms?
Well Microsoft have stated the following "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. The InfoPath Forms Services technology within Office 365 will be maintained and it will function until further notice."
So all in all the following things that we know to be true are as follows:
1. Will Microsoft be shipping another version of InfoPath? No, there will not be another version of the InfoPath desktop client or InfoPath Forms Services. We are focusing all of our investments on new intelligent, integrated forms experiences across Office technology.
2. How long will InfoPath be supported? • The InfoPath 2013 client will be supported through April 2023. • InfoPath Forms Services for SharePoint Server 2013 will be supported until April 2023. • InfoPath Forms Services in Office 365 will be supported until further notice.
I am personally sad to see this robust application being laid to rest and one can only hope that the next application to replace InfoPath 2013 is able to fill its boots.