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Microsoft Plans Three Dynamics Releases for December

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Microsoft is releasing three updates for its Dynamics line of enterprise software this month: Dynamics AX 2012 R2 is already available, while Dynamics GP 2013 and an update of Dynamics CRM Online are coming soon. However, the company has failed to deliver on its promises to release versions for use with its Azure cloud computing service.

CRM reported, “Microsoft today announced plans to release significant updates to its Dynamics CRM solution later this month. The company is also updating its Dynamics AX and Dynamics GP products. ‘Our December product releases deliver significant value to customers through simple-to-use and easy-to-implement business solutions,’ said Kirill Tatarinov, president of Microsoft Business Solutions, in a statement. ‘This wave of new Microsoft Dynamics’ capabilities, together with Microsoft’s innovative social, mobile, collaboration, productivity, and analytics resources, inspires people to do their best work and transform their businesses.'”

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley added, “The Dynamics AX 2012 R2 update enables multiple languages and legislations to be run from within a single instance, among other new features. The coming GP 2013 update adds improvements to hostability, manageability and deeper Office/Office 365 integration — and a total of 125 different enhancements, said Microsoft officials. The CRM fall service update adds support for more browsers, embedded Bing maps and support for Office 2013, among other new features.”

However, InformationWeek’s Doug Henschen noted, “Microsoft stoked expectations for hybrid cloud, cross-mobile-platform and cross-browser capabilities at the Dynamics Convergence Conference in March. But Microsoft executives told InformationWeek on Monday that an anticipated Microsoft Azure public-cloud deployment option for Dynamics NAV and Dynamics GP ERP apps has been pushed back into the first half of next year. And on the mobile front, cross-platform HTML5 capabilities won’t show up until 2014, so access on iPad, iPhone and Android devices is limited to Dynamics CRM.”

TechTarget’s Linda Rosencrance wrote, “For its part, Microsoft said it was committed to providing a great customer and partner experience running Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 on Azure — just not right now. ‘We decided to take some extra time to on-board the first live customers, fine-tune usage scenarios, and develop further guidance and next steps for our customers and partners,’ the Microsoft Dynamics ERP team said in an email.”

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