Microsoft to offer CRM Online 2011 promotional pricing deal next year

Summary:Microsoft will be offering its CRM Online 2011 service for a promotional introductory price of $34 per user per month, which will kick in starting in January 2011.

Microsoft will be offering its CRM Online 2011 service for a promotional introductory price of $34 per user per month, which will kick in starting in January 2011.

The company announced the promotion on October 14 at its Convergence Europe conference.

The current pricing for CRM Online is $44 per user per month. Microsoft officials said that current customers who want to take advantage of the new promotion can sign a new contract to get the cheaper price.

The $34 price is good for the first 12 months of service. Sign-ups for the promotional deal will be open until June 30, 2011. The promo price does not kick in until CRM Online 2011 is made generally available.

Speaking of availability, earlier this year, Microsoft officials said that the coming version of CRM Online would be out before the end of this calendar year.

Officials are now saying "R&D on the next version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be completed by the end of this year, but due to the holiday season, the team will begin formal launch events for this service and start taking paid customers in January 2011." CRM Online 2011 is currently is available as a public beta.

The on-premises version of Dynamics CRM 2011 is still slated for availability in the first calendar quarter of 2011, officials reconfirmed today.

CRM 2011 will add a native Microsoft Outlook Client, an Office-like Ribbon and more user personalization options. It also will provide guided process dialogs, inline data visualizations, performance and goal management capabilities and real-time dashboards, company officials have said.

Other news out of Convergence Europe included the expanded availability of Microsoft's Dynamics AX for Retail product into 22 new markets, starting February 1, 2011. The Softies also announced the availability of an ERP two-tier connector that can be used between Dynamics AX subsidiaries and the SAP Business Suite.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software

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