Microsoft Dynamics CRM 'Spring' update and GP 2016 ERP rollouts begin

Microsoft is rolling out its Dynamics CRM Spring 2016 wave, as well as its Dynamics GP 2016 release, starting this week.

Microsoft began rolling out two of its latest Dynamics releases this week.

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On May 3, Microsoft kicked off the start of its Dynamics CRM Spring 2016 Wave. The Dynamics CRM Spring wave will integrate technologies from two of Microsoft's recent acquisitions, FieldOne and Adxstudio, into Microsoft's CRM platform.

FieldOne provides field-service technology and Adxstudio, a portal for community engagement.

The downloadable Spring Wave Release Preview Guide provides more specifics about the three pieces Microsoft will roll out, namely, Dynamics CRM Online 2016 Update 1; Dynamics Marketing 2016 Update; and Social Engagement 2016 Update.

Also, as officials promised earlier this year, Microsoft made generally available Dynamics GP 2016 as of May 1.

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As RoseASP, a Microsoft Dynamics hosting vendor noted on the company's blog, there's a new HTML5 Web client that's part of this release that replaces the former Silverlight client interface for the Web client. The Web client is designed to work with IE, Chrome, Safari and Edge.

Other new features in GP 2016 include the ability to see PowerBI reports on the home page; new SmartLists capabilities; a new sales all-in-one document view; and more, according to RoseASP.

Dynamics GP is on a cycle of new updates arriving every six to nine months, Microsoft officials said recently.

While Microsoft has moved to make cloud integration front and center with its Dynamics CRM Online, Dynamics AX and Dynamics NAV products, so far it hasn't done a whole lot to bring Dynamics GP to the cloud -- beyond allowing partners to offer it running in a virtual machine on Azure.