I tried to follow in Sharepoint Server 2010 and Infopath 2010 the article:

which is for Sharepoint/Infopath 2007 adjusting it for 2010

Upon completing step 7:

  • "7. On the Button Properties dialog box, select Update Form from the Action drop-down, and click OK"

I observe the warning:

  • The button control will only be visible when the form is edited in a Web browser

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Pressing F5 (or Preview) button (which, as I believe, corresponds to running a form in "Infopath Filler 2010"?) confirms it and shows the form without this button.

How should I interpret the msdn's comparative table of differences between Infopath 2010 List and Form Library templates from which one can understand that:

  • custom code support is available only for Infopath 2010 Form Library Template but not for List Template while I have a custom code in List template?

Should I understand that it is impossible to update a list form from client form through SharePoint Object Model?

How one should proceed in order to update a Sharepoint 2010 list from an Infopath 2010 client form (i.e. in Infopath Filler 2010 or other clients like Outlook) through code?

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I realize this is an old question, but your stated understanding is correct.

A list form CANNOT be converted to a regular InfoPath form. The list form is a specialized template which is locked to a specific submit datasource (the SharePoint list). There are other limitations to the "list form" template type, as well. This fact isn't overly obvious in most documentation, but is mentioned briefly in the "Overview of Form Templates" article.

Here's the relevant part:

After selecting a form template from the New tab, InfoPath will default your filling environment (mode) to Web browser or InfoPath Filler. In most cases, you can easily switch between modes by using Save-As, or by clicking the File tab then Form Options. Next, click Compatibility and select the desired form type from the Form type box. There are, however, a few form templates where the mode cannot be changed, such as SharePoint list and E-mail. Certain controls, data sources, and templates are also available in only one environment. For example, submit database connections and XML schemas with complex repeating sequences are only supported in the InfoPath Filler. Finally, InfoPath Filler forms contain a superset of the controls and features that are available in Web browser forms. You can add features to a Filler form that will not work in a Web browser form. If you expect a form to be filled out on SharePoint and in the InfoPath Filler, you should design a Web browser form.

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