Gates and Sinofsky spill the beans on the future of InfoPath


Just been watching more of the BillG keynote from the Office Dev Con.  The second part of the session is a QnA with Bill and Steven Sinofsky.  Bill and Steven made some interesting comments about the future of InfoPath.

 

Asked by an audience member about the strategic direction for forms technologies, Sinofsky squarely put the focus on InfoPath and SharePoint in the IW space.  No surprises there.  But Sinofsky then went on to explain some of the vision for future versions of InfoPath: Customers have asked what about the thin client? 'We’ve heard that and ‘we’re going to hit that right away’. Gates went on to add more detail: InfoPath ‘with rich controls, on top of the Avalon runtime’, but also with the ability to ‘project onto classic HTML’.  So InfoPath is likely to evolve into a Forms package that can target thin-client HTML delivery and rich client Avalon delivery.  Look forward to it.

Comments (7)

  1. JD on MX says:

    Gates on forms: Mark Bower notes a snippet from a Bill Gates keynote: "Sinofsky then went on to explain some of the vision for future versions of InfoPath: Customers have asked what about the thin client? ‘We’ve heard that and…

  2. Chris says:

    Sometimes its great to be right, and sometimes it hurts. In this case, I’m talking about an evolution in the software world that my former company played a part in – had world-leading software for, in fact – but we’re not in the business any more. We sold…

    http://blahgkarma.blogspot.com/2005/02/it-hurts-to-be-right.html

  3. Mark Bower says:

    Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Chris Capossela demonstrated a Forms Server technology designed to make XML forms available through the web browser.

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