It’s when I see something like this that Microsoft really disappoints me!.

I have just been sent details of this InfoPath web application by Microsoft.  I should have been pleased, but I was very disappointed, not by InfoView which seems to be a great way of publishing an InfoPath form so that it can be completed using a web form, but because Microsoft did not ship it!


Microsoft would have got such a different reception and eliminated a lot of trust issues if InfoPath had been positioned as a web form designer, offline editor and aggregation tool, with a complementary web forms interface for those not able to take advantage of the native client.  I can not believe that developed in parallel with the thick client developing the web client would have been that big a deal either.


Anyway Microsoft chose a different route and instead of being seen as producing a great innovative standards based product that demonstrated the best of rich and reach, they chose a route that exposed them to constant criticism over attempting to lock people into Office and Thick Client technologies!


Come on Microsoft examine everything you are planning from the perspective of those who are uneasy about your track record,  I think it will be your best long term form of marketing!

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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