A Microsoft InfoPath Alternative

Looking for an InfoPath alternative?

Ever since Microsoft announced their plans to completely phase out their popular electronic form submission software “InfoPath” by 2026, more and more users have been stuck looking for an alternative that meets their data forms needs without breaking the bank or being too difficult to adapt to.

Luckily for (former) InfoPath clients, there’s WorkMap – a no-code database management and workflow automation tool with a powerful web form feature. WorkMap not only matches InfoPath in terms of capabilities, it surpasses it.

For starters, InfoPath Forms Services is built on and requires Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Not only is it a cumbersome extra step to make sure the correct Microsoft software is downloaded, it also means that InfoPath is typically only available for PCs. Meanwhile, WorkMap is a standalone product that is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any device.

InfoPath has tried to minimize this disadvantage by offering “browser-enabled forms.” However, in order to produce this type of form, you need to first design a browser-compatible form template in InfoPath, then publish it to a server running InfoPath Forms Services, and then finally enable it for use online. All these extra steps result in lowered efficiency and productivity, especially when compared to WorkMap, where all web forms are browser-enabled as well as easily embedded into a website.

Perhaps the most important feature of InfoPath is the ability to automatically insert data from forms directly into your desired data source. WorkMap offers the exact same capability, with all of the data from your forms going straight into your desired workflow and table.

Forms in WorkMap have an array of customizable options. As shown below, all the data fields from your specified table are already inserted, but the user has the option to remove certain fields as well as require certain fields. There are several different layout options, including columns, headers, text boxes, and more. There are also several different options for what happens once a form is submitted, including customizable popup messages and alternate follow-up forms.

Potentially the best aspect of WorkMap forms is the fact that they are only a fraction of what WorkMap has to offer. All of the data collected by the forms can be organized, manipulated, and assigned to specific users. This data can also be easily automated to manage business processes. Finally, it can be stored and shared via customizable, conditional reports. 

So what are you waiting for? Ditch the outdated InfoPath model and start using today!