The Horizon: July 2023

It’s a fast-changing world out there. With new product launches, updates, and retirements on an almost daily basis, it can feel impossible to keep up. In our new blog series, The Horizon, we’ll be sharing our favorite, mostly Microsoft-based news, information, tips, and announcements to help keep you in the loop.

End of the road for InfoPath

We start with an early warning for InfoPath users. If you’re an InfoPath 2013 client or InfoPath Forms Services in SharePoint Online user, support will end July 14, 2026. 

According to Microsoft:  

“Industry trends and feedback from our customers and partners make it clear that today’s businesses demand an intelligent, integrated forms experience that spans devices which InfoPath does not provide.” 

So, what do you need to do?  

Well firstly, you can use the Microsoft 365 Assessment Tool to scan your tenant for InfoPath usage. 

Then, using the Power BI InfoPath Report generated by the scanner tool, you can: 

  • Identify all InfoPath Forms usage in the tenant, per site collection and site.
  • Evaluate the recency and volume of usage of InfoPath Forms.
  • Understand lists, libraries, and content types that use InfoPath.

Microsoft recommends migrating to Power Apps, Power Automate, or Forms but we’ve also developed an excellent solution for those who need to migrate away from InfoPath but Power Apps does not meet the requirements. 

Drop us a line if you’re interested in finding out more, or if you could use our assistance in migrating. 

Copilot pricing confirmed

This month the much-anticipated advanced AI capability tool Copilot’s pricing was announced. Brace yourselves, it’s not cheap. 

Microsoft 365 Copilot will be available for commercial customers for $30 per user per month for Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard, and Business Premium customers. 

Although we still don’t know when it will be available on general release, we predict it will be a year before we’re all taking full advantage of the tool. In the meantime, at that price point, expect early adopters to be in the C-suite. 

You can find out more about M365 Copilot and how you can eventually benefit from using it in our recent blog post.

Lists, but not as you know them

If you’re a regular Microsoft Lists user, you’re going to love this set of updates. 

Not only has Lists been turbocharged, loading twice as fast as before, there are also a heap of other new features that’ll make using Lists quicker, easier, more intuitive and generally put a smile on your face. 

And speaking of faces, one of the new features means you’ll be able to actually see the faces of your colleagues who are working with you on the Lists at the same time. This feature was previously only available on Lists MSA but is now being rolled out to all Lists. 

Another update is that custom views just got a whole lot easier to create and access, and the applied filters are much more visible. In addition, there’s now a drag and drop feature. Add images without having to browse through your file system or simply copy an image to your clipboard and paste it. 

These are just a handful of the updates being rolled out, read the following Microsoft 365 blog post.

Automate onboarding & off-boarding with Microsoft Entra

Onboarding and off-boarding staff can be a time-consuming process, from ensuring new starters have access to the information and tools they need to do their jobs to maintaining security and compliance when people leave the organization.  

Enter Microsoft Entra, Microsoft’s identity management platform, replacing Azure AD and including some additional capabilities. 

Microsoft Entra allows you to automate identity lifecycle management via lifecycle workflows and even integrates with HR systems like Workday and Success Factors. 

Watch this tutorial presented by Director of Microsoft 365 Jeremy Chapman below you’re struggling with inefficient onboarding and off-boarding. 

Finding your happy place

And if all this talk of work is raising your stress levels, you might want to focus on your happy place. 

Visualizing a place where you’re calm and happy can help you distance yourself from stressful thoughts, according to The Monday Campaigns’ DeStress Monday initiative. 

Find out how to identify your happy place and use visualization to de-stress. 


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