Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile has been delayed until Q4 2012; do you still need a mobile solution?

In July of 2012, the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Q2 2012 Service Update, called CRM Anywhere, was just over the horizon. This update was set to include a variety of hotly anticipated new features, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile, an application that delivers the native CRM Online experience to mobile devices. However, Microsoft delayed the Q2 2012 update, including Microsoft Dynamics Mobile CRM and rescheduled its release for sometime in Q4 of 2012.

While Microsoft delayed CRM Anywhere, many of its CRM Online subscribers needed a mobile CRM solution immediately. Luckily, CWR Mobility developed a third-party solution called CWR Mobile CRM. Their solution delivers all of the features of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile and is available right now on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace.

As a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner and CRM Online Reseller, xRM relies on CRM Mobile CRM to provide CRM Online functionality on mobile devices. In fact, our technicians routinely work with the solution and can help you install it as a customization of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. We even devoted a section of the Success Portal for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, which is loaded with helpful tutorial videos, to CWR Mobile CRM.

If you’re looking for an immediate mobility solution for CRM Online, we recommend CWR Mobile CRM.

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Developer alert: Windows Store application submission is now open to developers!

The Windows Application Store is an online software marketplace created and regulated by Microsoft. Customers visit the marketplace using a web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, where they then browse the existing catalogue and purchase software such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Alongside Microsoft products such as CRM Online, Windows Application Store users can also browse third-party applications such as CWR Mobile CRM. Most of the software available on the marketplace is delivered in a digital format, directly to your mobile device.

Currently, Microsoft is the primarily developer that distributes software on the marketplace. As of September 14, 2012, Microsoft is accepting applications from third-party developers who seek to distribute software on the Windows Application Store for Windows Mobile devices. If you want to register, visit the Microsoft Developer Center Registration page.

After registering at the Microsoft Developer Center, you can determine which reseller agreement best suits your business. Pricing and payment details differ depending on the software that you are reselling. If you have any questions, feel free to Contact us at xRM.com.

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Developer alert: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Software Development Kit version 5.0.12 released

On September 6, 2012, Microsoft released version 5.0.12 of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK contains documentation, assemblies, and tools needed to customize and configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online as well as to develop add-on software. The SDK 5.0.12 update coincides with Update Rollup 10 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which was released on August 16, 2012.

The following two fixes are included in the SDK 5.0.12:

1. Microsoft.Xrm.Client.CodeGeneration.dll assembly was updated to the correct version.

2. A bug in the Xrm.PageScriptProjectTemplate that caused it to fail with UR10 was fixed.

Microsoft added several developer functions in the 5.0.12 update to the SDK. For a full list of new functions, download and extract the SDK 5.0.12. Open the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK compiled help file “crmsdk2011.chm” (pictured below) in the root directory.

 Developer alert: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Software Development Kit version 5.0.12 released

For the latest on Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the xRM developer community, follow our xRM.com Microsoft Dynamics CRM blog.

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The Microsoft Cloud Easy offer is expiring soon, $79 per CRM Seat!

If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to subscribe to one of Microsoft’s various cloud services, now couldn’t be a better time. Microsoft is currently promoting what it calls the “Cloud Easy” offer to new customers of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Office 365 (including Lync and SharePoint), and Windows Intune.

The incentive works like this; you subscribe to a Microsoft cloud service through a certified Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner or Reseller such as xRM.com and then register this subscription on the Cloud Easy website. Once the subscription has been confirmed, Microsoft delivers a subsidy check to the Microsoft Partner that resold your services. You can use the proceeds of this check to purchase any services offered by your partner. Our customers have used their Cloud Easy proceeds to purchase both Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online training and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online customizations and configurations. By the nature of the offer, new customers are already onboarding quite a few users, so using the offer to purchase training is a no brainer.

The number of seats and which services you subscribe to determine the total value of your subsidy check. The terms and conditions of the Cloud Easy offer states that the subsidy received is equal to 15% of the cost of one year’s subscriptions to any of the eligible services. We came up with the following numbers when using the page Microsoft provided to calculate your savings (although Microsoft warns that it is possible for a user to generate incorrect partner subsidy estimates through this tool). A customer that subscribes to the minimum number of CRM Online seats (five) to be eligible for the Cloud Easy offer receives $396 in subsidy funds, while a customer subscribing to the maximum number of eligible seats (200) receives nearly $16,000 in funds! The subsidy is not redeemable as cash. We suggest you read the full list of Cloud Easy Frequently asked questions.

As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a lot of money to be saved here, but your time is limited. The Cloud Easy offer expires September 30, 2012.

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