Microsoft is readying a ‘Pro’ model of its Forms survey product

For the beyond a couple of years, Microsoft has supplied a survey-introduction product to its Office 365 Education and industrial clients that are known as Microsoft Forms. That product permits instructors, students, and others to create their own quizzes, surveys, polls, and questionnaires. Now Microsoft is about to start trying out a new variant of Forms referred to as “Forms Pro.”

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Ricardo Diaz (@rdiazjimenez on Twitter) requested me closing night if I knew approximately a product known as Forms Pro. The Walking Cat (@h0x0d on Twitter) published earlier today a link to Forms Pro, reputedly codenamed “Shimla,” which showed a new emblem however no up to date records about the preview. However, Tero Alhonen (@teroalhonen on Twitter) observed a reference to Forms Pro at the Office 365 roadmap — which Microsoft officers added on February thirteen — which states the preview of Forms Pro is rolling out nowadays to Office 365 users.

Here’s the description of Forms Pro at the roadmap:

“Forms Pro is a simple, yet complete company survey answer for corporations to seize and analyze comments to enhance how they engage throughout their enterprise. With Forms Pro, you may get actionable comments from clients in actual-time at each stage in their journey, enhance organizational health with actual-time remarks, build the goods clients want, and leverage the information and tools you already use from Dynamics 365, Common Data Services (CDS) and Power Platform. Forms Pro will adhere to the compliance, security, and privacy degrees you’ve got come to expect from Forms and other Office 365 apps.

 

Companies can accumulate information without customers having to visit non-secure answers, and there isn’t a want to construct and preserve custom surveying equipment.”

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The Microsoft Power Platform is its collection of the Microsoft Power BI, PowerApps and Flow equipment. Forms purchaser/training customers currently can personalize Forms the usage of connectors constructed the use of Flow. It seems business customers will be capable of doing the identical. Common Data Services for Apps and Analytics are more developer-oriented services for extending and connecting Dynamics 365 CRM/ERP to other Microsoft and 0.33-party products and services.

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I’ve asked Microsoft if the business enterprise is planning to price for Forms Pro once it exits preview. I’ve additionally requested which businesses of Office 365 and Dynamics 365 users can be getting Forms Pro once it is to be had. No word returned to date.

Microsoft made Forms to be had to all business Office 365 users remaining 12 months.

 

Update No. 2 (February 14): Here are some answers to a number of my questions about Forms Pro from a Microsoft spokesperson:

When will Forms Pro be available?

Microsoft Forms Pro can be in public preview later this spring. We look forward to sharing extra info in the coming weeks.

Will Forms Pro be unfastened or paid?

We look ahead to sharing pricing and packaging info for Microsoft Forms Pro quickly.

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