Today Microsoft posted on its official Office blog an update on Info Path and Share Point forms.
Here’s an excerpt: “Info Path 2013 is the last release of the desktop client, and Info Path Forms Services in Share Point Server 2013 is the last release of Info Path Forms Services.
Learn more about Formotus for Info Path users ➤ A Microsoft support article dated 9/17/2016, Info Path Forms Containing Code Fail to Activate when using the Managed Solutions Gallery, states in part: “The September 2016 PU for Share Point Server 2010, Share Point Server 2013, and Share Point Server 2016 introduces the Managed Solutions Gallery to enhance the governance of sandbox solutions.
In a web application with a Managed Solutions Gallery, when you publish an Info Path form that contains custom code, the form no longer renders in a browser and users can no longer fill in the form using a browser.
However a few new tidbits have come to light that will be of interest to organizations invested in Info Path forms: Contrary to previously announced plans to discontinue Info Path Forms Services — the server-side piece that lets forms run in a browser on Share Point — the Microsoft blog was updated with this announcement: “Specifically, Info Path Forms Services will be included in the next on-premises release of Share Point Server 2016, as well as being fully supported in Office 365 until further notice.
Contrary to plans announced at the Share Point Conference last March, Forms on Share Point Lists — the new Share Point feature that was to replace certain uses of Info Path — the Office 365 Roadmap was updated to show Fo SL as cancelled: “The ability to create custom Share Point List forms is an important scenario.
Even so, there’s still this caveat: “There are some scenarios Info Path excels at — the offline access, those rich XML document scenarios — you should continue to use.” Mc Nulty also reiterated that support for Info Path 2013 would continue to 2026 — as if it had been released with Share Point 2016.
Hat tip to our friends at Qdabra for calling to our attention that Microsoft’s removal of the sandbox code service in Share Point Online means that Info Path forms with code will no longer work in the browser.
Microsoft has said that Info Path 2013 will be the last version of the desktop client, and that it will work with Share Point 2016.
We are refining our plans in this space as part of a more comprehensive set of forms investments.
We will update the roadmap when we have more information to share.
The cross-platform mobile client was the hard part to create.
We’ve added value to standard Info Path forms by creating custom device controls (camera, GPS, etc.) and a cloud console for configuring, deploying and managing forms and users. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements from us soon.