The Microsoft Office announced on Friday that InfoPath 2013 will be the final version released. This is a significant announcement because it means any customer with custom SharePoint workflows, Office Document Information Panels, and any other Data Entry Applications will have to move those to a new technology, but Microsoft hasn’t said which one.
Second, for other business applications where data entry forms are needed, outside of the web, I believe Microsoft will push for the use of LightSwitch. LightSwitch is a trimmed down version of the Visual Studio environment that allows for quick development of data entry applications/forms. The information can easily be connected to XML or SQL data sources making this an easy replacement for the InfoPath Form entry design and use.
I’d love to hear other’s predictions about what to do with the InfoPath applications that exist out there, so please leave a comment with your thoughts.