HTML forms are commonly cited as one of the more decrepit pieces of the Web, and Microsoft seems to have set out to create a stronger tool for both intranet webs and SOAP-based web services.
Microsoft has fairly consistently denied any competition between InfoPath and the W3C's XForms work in progress, but both are definitely working on the same problem set with some different approaches and features.
GUI for Web Services
InfoPath seems most compelling in a Web Services context, where it offers the change to put a human interface on what is more commonly sold as program-to-program communications.
Proprietary built on Common
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