At the end of last month, the Office team announced the end of the Desktop Client/Application InfoPath:
“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.”
The good news is that there is a hint on what will come next:
“In an effort to streamline our investments and deliver a more integrated Office forms user experience”
“We’ll provide more details on the future of Office forms later this year. 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”
So, there will be something to replace InfoPath, currently named something like “Office forms”, and the SPC14 attendees will see this new technology first! I reckon that the recent investments in the Access 2013 Service Application with Web based rendering will be part of this new direction.
Since today is the first day of the conference, I expect to see some posts on this topic any moment now!