September 17, 2010
We have been waiting with bated breath for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 beta release. I had the opportunity to go to the first of the Microsoft CRM 2011 road shows for partners about a week ago in Reston Virginia and …
now we have in-house betas in both the online and on premise versions.
There’s lots of new stuff – some that we liked and some that we weren’t too sure about. Time will tell, but I really like what I see so far.
The first impact that we noticed is that CRM 2011 will only run on 64-bit servers. This meant that we had to put up our long-delayed 64-bit and Hyper-V servers so that we can convert our existing products from CRM 4.0 to the new CRM 2011 beta.
We’re most excited about the enhancements for ISVs and developers that will allow us to package complete solutions for CRM including templates, reports, and yes even plug-in assemblies. We believe this will also be very helpful in moving code from development to Q&A to production environments, simplifying the lives of those of us who customize and develop CRM solutions. The other part of this, is that CRM online will now support more developer functionality.
Microsoft is also committing to an upgrade path from the beta to the RTM (release to Manufacturing) version%2