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  • Blog Post: Working with VSTO 2008 Projects in InfoPath 2010

    The InfoPath team is busy working on the next version of Office. While we’re offline, we’d like to take the opportunity to tackle some of the questions that we get asked frequently by InfoPath users. Today I’ll talk about how to migrate your InfoPath projects from Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Peer to Peer Solutions using SharePoint Workspace 2010

    In the 2nd of 2 videos about InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint Workspace integration, Shirish Pulikkal from the InfoPath test team shows how to create and maintain an Asset Tracking list for both online and offline use, using InfoPath designer and SharePoint Workspace. The Scenario: In the 1st video, Taking...
  • Blog Post: Using Relative URLs with the ServerInfo Class in InfoPath 2010

    Hi, my name is Jill Anderson and I am a tester on the InfoPath team. In this post, I would like to introduce you to the one of the newest members of the InfoPath Object Model, the "ServerInfo" class. For InfoPath forms published to a SharePoint server, the members of this class give you context about...
  • Blog Post: Using TFS for Source Control in InfoPath 2010

    In this video demo, Philip Newman and Christopher Brotsos from the InfoPath program management team show how you can use Team Foundation Server (TFS) to manage source control for your InfoPath forms with code. Follow up Team Foundation Server (TFS) is an effective repository and source control program...
  • Blog Post: How to Pass Querystring data into an InfoPath Form

    Hi there, Daniel Broekman here. After showing you how to customize a SharePoint list with InfoPath 2010 , and describing the differences between SharePoint list forms and form library forms together with Kate Everitt, I’m back with a quick tip for easily sending  a value from the browser’s query...
  • Blog Post: Take a list offline using SharePoint Workspace 2010

    In this short video demo, Shirish Pulikkal from the InfoPath test team shows how you can customize a SharePoint list in InfoPath designer and work with the list offline in SharePoint Workspace. The Scenario: A fictitious company Fabrikam wants to track assets in their lab using SharePoint list. They...
  • Blog Post: Extended data validation for the Multiple-Selection List Box in InfoPath 2010

    Hi, Frank Mueller from the InfoPath development team here. The Multiple-Selection List Box (MSLB) control was introduced in InfoPath 2007 to enable users to select multiple items from a list when filling out forms. In this post, I will explain the different ways you can restrict and validate the data...
  • Blog Post: Create a Rating Control using Picture Buttons

    In this short video demo, Matt Bielich from the InfoPath test team shows how you can add a rating control to your InfoPath 2010 forms using picture buttons.
  • Blog Post: SharePoint List Data Connections in InfoPath 2010

    Hi, my name is Joey Wiggs and I’m a developer on the InfoPath team. In InfoPath 2010, one of the ways in which we've improved our integration with SharePoint Server 2010 is by providing richer capabilities for connecting to and getting data from SharePoint lists. In this post, I will compare SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Free InfoPath 2010 Web Cast: Best Practices in Form Design

    The fourth and final session in the InfoPath 2010 Academy Live series, Best Practices in Form Design, by InfoPath PM lead Daniel Witriol takes place this Wednesday, May 5th at 8:30 AM (PST). You can sign up for this free Web cast on https://www.eventbuilder.com/event_desc.asp?p_event=a2d1f10w . ...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Sandboxed Code in InfoPath 2010 Forms

    In this video demo, Phil Newman from the InfoPath program management team shares some tips and tricks for debugging InfoPath forms with sandboxed code on SharePoint server 2010. Here is this link to the ULS viewer tool that is used in the demo: Download location: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/ULSViewer...
  • Blog Post: Comparing SharePoint List and Form Library Forms

    So you’ve heard about SharePoint list form customization in InfoPath 2010 and you’ve seen the cool demos . But you may be asking yourself – What’s the difference between list and library forms and when should I use one or the other? In this post, we will answer these questions and provide guidance on...
  • Blog Post: Capacity Planning for SharePoint 2010

    Check out the new Capacity Management Resource Center for SharePoint 2010 that went live when Office 2010 released to manufacturing last Friday, April 16th.  The InfoPath capacity planning document   along with a refresh of the Capacity Planning Tool Kit are now available. The Capacity Management...
  • Blog Post: Using Multiple Views in Customized List Forms

    Hi, my name is Laura Harrington, and I’m a program manager on the InfoPath team. In this short video demo, I will show how you can optimize the form filling experience for different tasks and users by creating multiple custom views in your customized SharePoint list forms.
  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2010: Menu to ribbon reference workbook

    Find the new locations of InfoPath 2007 commands in InfoPath 2010. The InfoPath 2010 menu to ribbon reference workbook contains tables that list the old menu commands and show where in InfoPath 2010 those commands are located. This Excel workbook is now available to download from http://office2010.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Person / Group Picker Improvements in InfoPath 2010

    Hi, this is Frank Mueller, a developer on the InfoPath team. In this post which is the first of two blog posts about the Person / Group picker, I want to tell you about the improvements we’ve made to this control in InfoPath 2010. The Person / Group Picker (aka contact selector) control allows you...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading InfoPath 2007 forms with Person/Group Pickers to InfoPath 2010

    Hi, this is Frank Mueller again and this is the second of two posts that I’ve written about the InfoPath 2010 Person / Group picker control. InfoPath 2007 form templates containing the Person/Group Picker control (formerly named Contact Selector) will continue to work in InfoPath 2010 the same way they...
  • Blog Post: REMINDER: Learn about InfoPath 2010 in Free Web Casts

    If you want to learn more about InfoPath and SharePoint 2010 directly from the Microsoft product team, then sign up for the InfoPath 2010 Academy Live Series . There are 2 remaining sessions in the series. The next session “ Form-Driven Mashups using InfoPath and SharePoint 2010 ", presented by Nick...
  • Blog Post: Package and Re-use a SharePoint List Solution

    This week’s post continues the theme of SharePoint list customization. In this short video demo, Roberto Taboada from the InfoPath program management team shows how you can quickly and easily re-use your customized SharePoint lists by packaging them as SharePoint list templates. This is a really powerful...
  • Blog Post: Customize an External List Form in InfoPath 2010

    In this week's “5 for forms” video demo, Trey Brumley, a software design engineer in test shows how you can use InfoPath to customize the form for an external list on SharePoint that connects to a SQL Employee database through Business Connectivity Services.
  • Blog Post: And the winner is…

    The InfoPath Solution Video Contest is over! We assembled the team last Friday, and screened the final submissions, debated, re-watched, debated, re-screened again, and finally voted to determine the winners. The Contestants Before we announce the winners, let’s review the contestants. At final...
  • Blog Post: Use Rules and Filters to Create Cascading Dropdowns in Forms

    Hi, my name is Anson Hidajat and I’m a program manager on the InfoPath team. In this week's “5 for forms” video demo, I will show how you can use rules and filters to create cascading dropdown lists in a tennis tournament bracket application. Enjoy and please send us your feedback!
  • Blog Post: Create Code-Free Mashups with InfoPath and SharePoint Web Parts

    Hi, My name is Nicholas Lovell and I’m a developer on the InfoPath team. In this video demo, I will walk through how to create a simple portal page for processing claims at an insurance company. This claims portal includes a SharePoint Web Part with a list of all the claims, an InfoPath Web Part that...
  • Blog Post: Learn about InfoPath 2010 in free Web casts with the Microsoft Product team!

    Do you want to learn about InfoPath and SharePoint 2010 in FREE Web casts with the InfoPath product team? Then sign up for the InfoPath 2010 Academy Live Series . There are 3 remaining sessions in the series. The next session “ Building SharePoint Applications with InfoPath 2010 ” will take place on...
  • Blog Post: Digital Signature Support in InfoPath 2010

    Hi, this is Gergely Kota, a developer on the InfoPath team. Digitally signing data when filling out a form makes the data tamper-proof, authenticates its signer, and is a key component of trusting form data. In this post, I’d like to share the improvements that have been made to digital signature support...
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