InfoPath is dead (not for now)

We all have been wondering about the future of InfoPath and SharePoint forms, and now we’ve some information on the next generation of Office forms. Microsoft is bringing in new intelligent, integrated forms experience that will span across devices. The new forms can be easily designed, deployed, and will use intelligent, integrated forms across Office clients, servers, and services—forms that everyone can use on their PC, tablet, or phone. Some FAQ’s Is InfoPath 2013 is the last release?
Yes InfoPath 2013 is going to be the last release of the desktop client What about InfoPath Form Services?
InfoPath Forms Services in SharePoint Server 2013 is the last release of InfoPath Forms Services What about InfoPath in Office 365?
The InfoPath Forms Services technology within Office 365 will be maintained and it will function until further notice. What should I use to build and complete forms?
You should continue to use InfoPath technology. What are the alternatives?
Microsoft investing in new forms technology across SharePoint, Access, and Word I use InfoPath, how will I get impacted?
Microsoft working on migration guidance in parallel to their their next generation forms technology. InfoPath 2013 desktop client and InfoPath Forms Services for SharePoint Server 2013 will continue to be supported through 2023. What next?
More details will emerge as the year progresses. A sneak peak will be available at the SharePoint Conference

Power BI for Office 365 now available

Microsoft has made Power BI available for all Office 365 customers. Power BI for Office 365 brings self-service BI solutions to everyday business users through the familiar tool they already use – Excel. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that enables our customers to easily gain insights from their data, working within Excel to analyse and visualize the data in a self-service way. It works with Office 365 to help customers share insights, find answers and stay connected to their data from their favourite mobile devices. Power BI for Office 365 includes:

  • Power Query, enabling customers to easily search and access public data and their organization’s data, all within Excel (formerly known as “Data Explorer“).
  • Power Map, a 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data (formerly known as product codename “Geoflow“).
  • Power Pivot for creating and customizing flexible data models within Excel.
  • Power View for creating interactive charts, graphs and other visual representations of data.

visual studio Bing Code Search

Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, Stack Overflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Bing Code Search works currently for C# solutions only, more languages to follow.All the snippets in the index were automatically checked to ensure they compile, but in the search, the algorithms also look at votes from the given community that the snippet comes from and other quality signals. The best thing, though, is that it doesn’t just copy and paste the snippet into the code, but it will also try to modify the code to fit the variables you already use in your own code. Even if you don’t have Visual Studio installed, you can try a web-based version (with a slightly different interface) here. Here is a video demonstration of the Bing search add-on   Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2014/02/17/introducing-bing-code-search-for-c.aspx

Microsoft brings eSignature to Office 365 customers

Microsoft Corp. and DocuSign on Monday announced a long-term strategic partnership to make DocuSign’s industry-leading eSignature apps widely available from within Microsoft Office 365. DocuSign’s eSignature apps for Office 365, available in the Office Store in early March, will provide customers with the ability to submit and sign documents without leaving Microsoft applications, allowing them to quickly, seamlessly and confidently transact their business.
DocuSign’s new solutions, built on the Office 365 platform, will include integration within Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013.
Read more here.