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MOSS Explained: An Information Worker’s Deep Dive into Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by John Ross, Nicola Young

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What Is Forms Services?

You may be wondering what InfoPath has to do with SharePoint and why there’s a chapter on it in this book. Although InfoPath has a lot of benefits that have already been described, the biggest pitfall for the product is that everyone needs the InfoPath client on their machine to fill out the form. Now if the form is only for internal use, this may not be an issue other than the additional expense of purchasing the product for all of your users. However, if you plan to roll these forms out to external users, such as partners or clients, or the general public through your Web site, then you have a problem. Even internally without Forms Services, you would need to purchase a version of Microsoft Office that includes InfoPath ...

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