Microsoft CRM 2011 near-final test build available for download

Microsoft CRM 2011 near-final test build available for download

Summary: Microsoft made the Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Dynamics CRM 2011 offering available for download as of December 14. The global launch of the product is slated for January 20 next year.

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Microsoft made the Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Dynamics CRM 2011 offering available for download as of December 14.

This is a publicly available RC and "will be available until the RTM (release to manufacturing) release scheduled for Q1, 2011," according to a blog post on Microsoft's Dynamics CRM blog.

The RC is the last test build Microsoft will make available externally before the CRM Online version is released to the Web in January, and the on-premises version is RTM'd in the first quarter of next year, officials said.

The fine print, from the blog post:

"On-premises Beta databases can be upgraded to this new RC release which can then be upgraded to the upcoming RTM release.  CRM Online Beta customers will continue to have access to their CRM Online Beta instance until the CRM Online RTW launch in January, at which time they can choose to opt-in to upgrade their Beta instance to a production subscription."

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.

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 officials said recently there will be a global launch event for CRM 2011, which will be Webcast, on January 20, 2011.

Topics: Microsoft, Enterprise Software, Software

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  • RE: Microsoft CRM 2011 near-final test build available for download

    I really wanted to try out Microsoft's Online CRM offering but the requirement of Internet Explorer 6 or later makes it very difficult as I use other browsers and devices. I am also surprised Microsoft updates their online service at the same velocity as packaged product. This makes them feel like a complacent incumbent instead of a nimble, up and coming, second place competitor. So while the price is right, the above limitations require I look elsewhere.
    MobileUser2011
    • IE comes with Windows

      @MobileUser2011 ...and it does not cost money, its free and the only effort required is either a single or double click. Geez, you make switching browsers sound upgrading a mission critical application.
      Mr. Dee
    • RE: Microsoft CRM 2011 near-final test build available for download

      @MobileUser2011

      Ooooh yeah. Running IE takes soooooo much work. Welcome troll, or have you been here before?
      tonymcs@...
  • RE: Microsoft CRM 2011 near-final test build available for download

    I get a bit tired of short sited people saying it's not a big deal to use IE. It is. Especially if you are using ANY non-Windows OS. Yes, Gasp! There are other Operating systems than windows. There are also over a HUNDRED million other mobile devices (Apple iOS devices Alone surpassed 100M June) that Microsoft leaves out. iPad, iPhone, Droid, Linux, Even my PS3 has a Browser in it. Google TV too?

    Making an app run in a browser is great, limiting it to on browser on Windows is not.

    Microsoft's solution? Mobile Express. A very limiting shell of a solution so they can say there is at least an option. The next solution, spend hundreds or thousands on a 3rd party app to do what MS CRM should out of the box.

    It's frustrating because I want to both sell AND use the product, which is (except for the forcing of IE) a good product!

    So, STOP making excuses, saying how it's no problem (for YOU) to use IE and admit that Universal accessibility would make so much more sense!!!!

    SalesForce works on other platforms. Microsoft's ad phrase "Don't get Forced" should read, "Don't get forced to use IE"

    R.

    MSP & ACN Member.
    randy@...
    • RE: Microsoft CRM 2011 near-final test build available for download

      @randy@...

      Thanks Randy. I want to use it on an iPad and Mac as well. I can access my BPOS subscription just fine but CRM 2011 is a no go. I actually tried signing up for CRM 2011 (ie. genuinely interested) and received the error message that I was using an unsupported browser. It doesn't seem to be documented that only IE/Windows is supported.
      MobileUser2011