At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in July, Microsoft execs told partners to expect Microsoft to step up its Dynamics CRM Online push. On October 8, the company took a step forward in that direction.
Microsoft is making available starting today a new Sales Productivity bundle that combines Dynamics CRM Online Professional with Office 365 Plan E3 and Power BI, the company's business analytics service. The $65 per user per month promotional price for that new bundle will be available through June 2015. The non-promotional price of the bundle is $105 per user per month.
Microsoft is making the new bundle available to both new and existing Office 365 and CRM users. Existing Office 365 users can upgrade to it for $45 per user per month.
Normally, Dynamics CRM Online Professional costs $65 per user per month by itself, and includes social media analytics, sales automation, sales campaigns, mobile access and other features beyond basic CRM. Office 365 Plan E3 goes for $20 per user per month on its own. And Power BI, when sold as an Office 365 add-on goes for another $20 per user per month.
Microsoft officials said the new $65 per user per month Sales Productivity bundle undercuts some comparable competitive offerings by up to 50 percent. (And by competitive offerings, Microsoft really means Salesforce, as the Microsoft chart embedded below makes clear.)
The new Sales Productivity bundle will be available in all markets worldwide where Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365 and Power BI are available, according to company officials.