Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering
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  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2010 feature videos

    Check out some of the new InfoPath 2010 features in action in the following videos on youtube: InfoPath 2010 Richer Browser Forms InfoPath 2010 Picture Button InfoPath 2010 Oneclick Publishing
  • Blog Post: Designing browser-enabled forms for performance in InfoPath Forms Services (Part 6)

    Part 6 – Addendum: Links to related performance resources Welcome to the sixth article in our series about designing InfoPath browser-enabled forms for better performance and scalability. In our previous articles we defined performance in terms of responsiveness, listed a number of conditions that...
  • Blog Post: Designing browser-enabled forms for performance in InfoPath Forms Services (Part 5)

    Part 5 – Addendum: Counters for monitoring form server performance Welcome to the fifth article in our series on optimizing the performance of InfoPath browser-enabled forms. In our previous articles we defined performance in terms of responsiveness, listed a number of conditions that cause postbacks...
  • Blog Post: Designing browser-enabled forms for performance in InfoPath Forms Services (Part 4)

    Part 4 – Browser Rendering Issues Welcome to the fourth article in our series on optimizing the performance of InfoPath browser-enabled forms. In our previous articles we defined performance in terms of responsiveness, listed a number of conditions that cause postbacks, and looked at some of conditions...
  • Blog Post: Designing browser-enabled forms for performance in InfoPath Forms Services (Part 3)

    Part 3 – Postbacks and the conditions that make them expensive Welcome to the third article in our series on optimizing the performance of InfoPath browser-enabled forms. In our first article, we defined performance in terms of responsiveness (and identified postbacks as a major cause of poor performance...
  • Blog Post: Designing browser-enabled forms for performance in InfoPath Forms Services (Part 2)

    Part 2 – Postbacks and conditions that cause them Welcome to the second article in our series on optimizing the performance of browser-enabled forms designed with Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007. In our first article, we defined performance in terms of responsiveness. In this article, we’ll focus on...
  • Blog Post: Designing browser-enabled forms for performance in InfoPath Forms Services (Part 1)

    Part 1 - Introduction InfoPath Forms Services (IPFS) is a Web service system integrated with SharePoint that enables you to deliver InfoPath forms on the Web through a browser. These browser-enabled forms extend the reach of your forms system, since your users do not require the InfoPath rich client...
  • Blog Post: New InfoPath content on the web

    I wanted to take a moment to recognize the great work of the Microsoft writers and editors who have been cranking out InfoPath content over the last few months. While we in the product team have clicked over into Office 14 mode, they have continued to serve customers by creating Office 2007 content ...
  • Blog Post: All you wanted to know about browser compatibility

    These articles will help you answer many of the questions you might have about Forms Services browser compatibility, rich-client only features, and the Design Checker. Title Details Audience Plan browser support (OSS) Describes the different levels of browser...
  • Blog Post: Submitting to a Database (via Web Services) in InfoPath Forms Services

    If you've ever designed and deployed a form that will be frequently used or require significant data analysis, you have probably looked into maintaining data in a SQL database . With InfoPath 2003 and the InfoPath 2007 rich client, you get what you expect. You create a main database data connection to...
  • Blog Post: Sniffing Code in Form Templates

    With the introduction of InfoPath Forms Services for MOSS 2007, clever management of form template deployment will probably become a must for most IT departments. You'll want to be sure that form templates are not draining server resources. You'll especially want to keep an eye on administrator-deployed...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Roles in Browser Forms

    What are Roles? Without going much in detail, InfoPath roles is a functionality where you can define user tags like "Sales", "Management" and utilize them in your form logic. This enables some very interesting scenarios in the forms space. For a detailed discussion on this topic, take a look at this...
  • Blog Post: The anatomy of a UDC file

    OK, we’ve talked about super-fantastic high end authentication scenarios. We’ve talked about cross-domain security and administrative control. We’ve talked about generating UDC files using InfoPath and consuming them again in the designer. Now let’s drill into the structure of the file itself. UDC...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Scenes of Administrator-Approved Form Templates

    If you’re a server administrator for Microsoft Office InfoPath Forms Services 2007, there may be a time when you’re tried to perform some action on a form template and received an error message that looks like the following: “Form template was deployed as part of the 9b518781-2fcd-40fe-a1f4-964b2cd4c0b8...
  • Blog Post: Hosting InfoPath forms in a custom ASPX page

    Many of you saw a detailed MSDN article on embedding an InfoPath XmlFormView control into a custom ASP.NET page. But - there's more to it. I came across an interesting blog post that talks about embedding a browser-based InfoPath form into a webpart. Here's another post of someone who got it to work...
  • Blog Post: Browser Forms with Spell Check

    With InfoPath Forms Services, you can take powerful InfoPath forms, and allow users to fill them out by using a browser. This enables your forms to reach more customers than ever before. Many Office users have been enjoying the convenience of spell check in Word and InfoPath. To enable this valuable...
  • Blog Post: Cascading Dropdowns in Browser Forms

    If you are building an InfoPath client-only solution and you need to filter drop-down list boxes, you can simply use the “ Filter Data ” feature when you set the Entries property for the control. However, since filters are not supported in browser-compatible form templates, how can you accomplish the...
  • Blog Post: Data Connections in Browser Forms

    A while back, I wrote a series of 3 blog posts about authentication that was targeted at advanced enterprise-level scenarios involving multi-tier delegation of credentials for data connections on the server. However, I never took the time to cover the basic scenarios around getting basic data connections...
  • Blog Post: Tudor's overview of InfoPath browser-based forms

    This is my first blog on InfoPath 12 so please allow me to introduce myself. I’ve started in Microsoft as a developer on FoxPro. If anyone still remembers the database container and the client connectivity, those are features I contributed to many years ago. Later on I moved to program management and...
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