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    Infopath - user requirements? (Office 2003)

    I have just looked at Infopath 2003. It looks great for forms, except that I have found no clues if it is possible to use forms from Infopath without installing Office 2003. MS evangelises that forms can be distributed to customers and partners, but are they able to fill in any forms without upgrading their Office?
    Infopath produxes files with filetypes xsn (xml somehow nasty?). This format is not supported on Office2000 or OfficeXP.
    Is there a reader or something similar in existence, or is this a useless product for the next 2-3 years until everybody has converted and upgraded to 2003? Trying to let WindowsXP help me find a suitable program for the extension led me nowhere...

    Olav

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    Re: Infopath - user requirements? (Office 2003)

    Infopath is a 2003 product. It isn't going to be useable by earlier versions of Office.
    Charlotte

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    Re: Infopath - user requirements? (Office 2003)

    From the live and webcast presentations I've seen the last two weeks, depending on your needs, much of the functionality of Infopath is going to derive from its use running on top of servers with xml as the bridge. Servers like SBS which includes Win Server 2003 and Win Sharepoint Server 2003, components like Remote Biz Serve, Exchange Server depending on what you're doing. Maybe some of these links will help, and if you watch the site at MS Smart Solutions and get the free newsletter, you may see some helpful Infopath articles (not a MS site).

    Infopath System Requirements

    Infopath Assistance

    Infopath FAQ's

    SBS Overview

    System REquirements for Windows Sharepoint Services

    Windows Server 2003 Family

    SMBP

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    Re: Infopath - user requirements? (Office 2003)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 24-Oct-03 17:45. Added one more link)</P>InfoPath is available separately with a list price of $199 (InfoPath "How to Buy" page) or as part of Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003, which appears currently to be available through volume licensing or an MSDN Universal subscription (not OEM or retail).

    Packaging always seem to be in flux, so it's possible that the above is out of date or soon will be. What I do feel safe in saying is this: getting an entire enterprise to switch from a free browser or free Access runtime to a new $200 package is going to take some persuading.

    Added: The InfoPath 2003 System Requirements page doesn't mention that you need the rest of Office 2003. Maybe you can keep your present version(s) of Office and run InfoPath alongside? Would make sense; they're not closely related from what I can see.

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