Microsoft InfoPath 2010 is a forms-creation and data-gathering tool that helps organizations streamline business processes. InfoPath 2010 is designed for both advanced business users and developers, depending on the type of forms-based solution an organization needs.
Without writing code, advanced business users can use InfoPath 2010 to design sophisticated electronic forms to quickly and cost-effectively gather information.
Developers can create advanced forms for departmental and enterprise business processes, including composite applications and workflow sequences, with InfoPath 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and SharePoint Designer 2010—using little or no code.
Quickly and efficiently create forms and minimize training time. Create forms to support business processes using the familiar Microsoft Office tools, such as fonts, bullets and numbering, table design, and clip art. The familiar tools and environment help minimize training time and speed forms creation. The Fluent user interface, introduced in many 2007 Office system applications, is included in InfoPath 2010. Based on extensive usability data and recent advancements in hardware and software, the Fluent user interface is designed to make it easier for you to find and use the full range of features in Office applications—and get the results you want.
Easily create sophisticated forms without writing code. For example, you can: Quickly create and deploy forms using improved rules management, quick rules, styles, and dynamic layout sections. Set rules for conditional formatting. Create forms that include actions, such as alerts, calculated values, and data validation. Create validations, formatting, or actions based on user roles or create validations and actions that show based on the type of field.
Give participants the ability to fill out forms online or offline. With InfoPath 2010, people can fill out forms online or offline with a native integration of forms in the Microsoft SharePoint Workspace interface. A user can easily take a SharePoint library with InfoPath forms offline in the SharePoint Workspace environment. Information entered in the forms will be automatically synchronized to the SharePoint library once the participant is back online, so people can be productive whether they’re connected to a network or not.
Build modular, extensible, and portable SharePoint applications. Use SharePoint Server 2010 and InfoPath 2010 to create SharePoint applications. SharePoint applications can be built, for use at the departmental or enterprise level, using little or no code. These solutions are modular (you can build from existing list or library), extensible (you can add capabilities with code), and portable (you can publish using .wsp format to move the application from site to site or server to server).
Make browser forms conform to standards. InfoPath 2010 forms on SharePoint Server 2010 are now compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) AA to help you create forms that are accessible to users with disabilities.
Enjoy more powerful Web browser forms. Improved parity between InfoPath 2010 client forms and InfoPath forms in SharePoint Server 2010 ensures greater consistency for users who are filling out forms. For example, functionality available in both environments include bulleted, numbered, and plain lists; multiple-selection list boxes; combo boxes; picture buttons; hyperlink capabilities; choice group and section; filtering functionality; date and time controls, and people pickers.
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