Announcing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011


Today at WPC10 we’re announcing the naming and beta availability for the next version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, “Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011”. A beta version of the software will be available in September2010 both as on-premises download as well as pre-release versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online running in data centers in North America, EMEA, and APAC.

If you are here in Washington DC attending WPC, you can play with the latest CRM 2011 bits yourselves by working on the Hands on Lab titled HOL219 Building Industry Solutions with xRM. Please note that we built this lab using one of the daily product builds of CRM 2011 and remember that CRM 2011 is still under development. If you have any questions/comments about the lab, please feel free to contact me directly.

Previously code named CRM “5”, CRM 2011 has a next generation business application framework that developers and ISVs can use to build a variety of solutions and applications. CRM 2011 includes a number of new features including Role Tailored Design, Inline Visualizations, Contextual SharePoint documents, New Outlook experience, out of box dashboards and much more. Also don’t forget about the integrated Dynamics Marketplace which is a fantastic offering for partners and customers.

We are also announcing the the expansion of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to 40 markets and 41 languages by end of 2010. It is worth noting that previously CRM Online was available only in North American markets. CRM Online is a great proof point for our commitment to cloud based solutions as we are bringing a number of advancements including the Solution packaging, native WCF web services, oData endpoint, native embedding of 3rd party Silverlight controls and much more.

More information about Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and beta notification sign up can be found at the Microsoft Dynamics CRM website at

Also as part of the October launch of the Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft is announcing that eligible companies registered in the Microsoft Partner Network will be able to receive 250 seats of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for internal use.