Mark Bower

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  • Blog Post: Calling Web Services From InfoPath Web Forms

    Today I needed to get an InfoPath Forms Services web-form to make a call out to a web service. I was non-too pleased to get a cryptic error message from SharePoint when I tried to do this first-off. SharePoint claimed it had written details of the error to the Windows Event Log, but there was nothing...
  • Blog Post: Office 12: Sneak Peak at Developer Enhancements

    The PDC session abstracts have been published, and although they are written in a fairly oblique way (very deliberately I suspect) they still provide an early taster of the fun to come for developers with Office 12. Forms Server Creating Browser-Based InfoPath Forms...hosting the server form control...
  • Blog Post: Host InfoPath in a Custom Application

    PDC Session abstracts published this week provide good news for many ISVs and partners I have spoken to over the past year or so. The abstract for a session on InfoPath 12 includes this snippet: " integrate InfoPath forms into your own application by hosting InfoPath as an ActiveX or WinForm control...
  • Blog Post: Office 12: First Look at 'Forms Server' Technology

    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. Information Week reports that: In what he termed the first public viewing of Office 12, Chris Capossela, corporate vice president...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What's in a name? The Information Worker, The Knowledge Worker and The Structured Task Worker

    The other day I was explaining to a customer about the different types of Information Worker. Doing a web search afterwards I found very little information available about a bunch of terms we tend to bandy about quite freely without ever really explaining: Information Worker, Knowledge Worker, Structured...
  • Blog Post: How To Submit Ideas and Suggestions for Microsoft Office Products

    Do you have an idea for a new feature or addition to one of the Office products? Maybe there is something about the way a feature works that really annoys you? Believe it or not, there is a simple way to submit your ideas to the Office team for consideration. The problem is the web page is hidden away...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath Viewer Sample Updated

    I have made a few minor updates to the InfoPath Viewer sample app : Passes user context when downloading XSN files - important if the XSN file is stored in SharePoint Hides command window when running expand.exe More robust when executing expand.exe Download the updated sample Thanks to Omar Shahine...
  • Blog Post: Article: InfoPath Viewer Sample Application

    Recently I have heard a number of people ( Chris Kunicki and LauraJ for instance) musing why there isn't an InfoPath viewer application available to allow people without InfoPath installed to be able to see a read-only view of the data from a filled-in form. I don't have the answer to that I'm afraid...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2003 Form Viewer Sample Application

    Introduction Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 provides a powerful way of designing and deploying electronic forms to capture information as XML. In order to design, fill-in and view InfoPath forms, Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 is required to be installed on each PC. A common requirement is the ability...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2003 SDK Updated

    A new version of the InfoPath 2003 SDK has been released to include new information and updated samples for the SP1 update of InfoPath. Here’s what’s new in the updated SDK New tool: Using the InfoPath to Word Wizard New code library: Build a Custom BizTalk 2004 Pipeline Component New code library: Build...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 Service Pack 1 released!

    Apart from the usual round of fixes this update includes lots of new functionality for the newest two members of the Office family: OneNote and InfoPath. To get SP1 installed go to the Office Update web site click check for Updates. New features in OneNote include better integration with...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath Blog Editor for .Text

    Been a little quiet for a while, as I have been on vacation and away at the annual MS field training event in Atlanta (think TechEd with double the number of attendees!!)   While I was away I came across this free InfoPath Blog Editor for .Text, and if this post makes it to my blog you'll know that...
  • Blog Post: Choosing between InfoPath and Smart Document Solutions

    I was asked recently about when it would be appropriate to use InfoPath vs. Smart Documents. It's an interesting question as there is quite a degree of overlap between these technologies, so here are my rules of thumb for choosing between them... Consider InfoPath when: The typical usage scenario is...
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