I’ve been following a few MS blogs recently (particularly the Office ones) and have been really impressed again with how well they’re doing with the communication around the 2010 releases.
The winners for me so far have to be the Microsoft InfoPath 2010 Blog. They are regularly producing updates and articles. The stuff that I’m finding really useful is their ‘5 for Forms’ series which is a set of posts that uses a small 5 minute video to introduce a new or improved feature in InfoPath 2010. These have all had some SharePoint connection so far (which is useful!) and it’s a great introduction to how it’s envisioned that InfoPath and SharePoint 2010 will work together.
Some of the my favourites so far are:
- Add a Dynamic Map to a Contact Form using REST Web Services
- Create a Loan Calculator using the InfoPath and Excel Web Parts
- Create tabbed navigation using picture button controls
In the past, with the 2007 release, I was always hesitant to recommend use of InfoPath in anything other than a small environment as I just didn’t feel it was quite mature enough; and often custom development was a less risky option for the solution (how often do you hear that!). I think I’m going to have to rethink that recommendation though given the impressive things I’m seeing so far.
For me it’s all linking back to the underlying sense of empowering the end users in SharePoint 2010 to create their own ‘composite’ applications and productivity tools. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and build a real-world solution with it.