Why is InfoPath being used if it is being discontinued by Microsoft?
It was announced in early 2014 that InfoPath was ultimately being retired by Microsoft. The Department of Technology contacted Microsoft directly and discovered that support would continue through 2023 and a migration plan away from InfoPath forms would be provided. With support promised through 2023 and knowing InfoPath is a temporary solution spanning no more than another three years for the STAR Project, InfoPath continues to be the best solution for use until a fully functional automated system is developed. Additionally, Agencies/state entities used InfoPath to submit Stage 1 Business Analyses starting in September 2013. This minimizes the learning curve for stakeholders to learn and adjust to a new tool.