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Some years ago, CRM entered the mobile world with the release of Mobile Express. We’ve heard from customers about the limitations of this experience, and we’ve worked hard to address their concerns. In our current release, we’ve made a serious commitment to our mobile customers by offering Mobile Safari support.
We’re proud to say users can now access Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online from an iPad.
Let’s look at what we’ve shipped.
We designed this iPad experience to solve the key Sales scenario of taking a lead from opportunity to close. We optimized the user interface for touch interaction, with work surfaces presented “flat” inline. No more annoying popups!
You can access CRM on the iPad from Mobile Safari without having to install a separate application. You just have to be connected to the internet to access your data.
iPad experience is available ONLY for CRM Online customers and only for orgs that are opted in to the new user experience (to do this, accept the Product update from the settings -> administration page). Sign up via the web browser on a computer, and sign in to your org on the iPad.
There is no separate opt-in for the iPad. As long as you opt into the new experience by installing Product Updates, you can access your org from an iPad.
We support this experience on iPad devices which have iOS6.0 and above, with the exception of iPad Mini. We do not redirect to Mobile Express in iPad Mini, nor do we offer this new experience there.
The iPad experience supports the following key components
This is your landing page by default. You set up a default dashboard when you’re logged in from a computer, and it loads that dashboard when you log in.
Selecting a record from the sitemap loads the record grids.
You can view and drill down into charts from record grids.
Clicking the Expand button to maximize the chart—this replaces the double-click on the chart slider.
This is restricted to COLA (Contact, Opportunity, Lead, and Account) records, Dashboards, and What’s New. The sitemap honors permissions on these items, but you can’t customize it.
If you switch to a portrait layout, the sitemap automatically hides. It comes back when you switch to landscape.
You can collapse the sitemap in the landing pages and in the new forms to get more space
You can create a new record by selecting the entity in the sitemap and hitting the “+” button.
Opening a record or creating a new record will open a new tab.
For the COLA records, we render the new form mode with all the capabilities of the new form experience. Auto-Save will fire just like the web browser as you make changes.
All other records render in Read Optimized mode
To make quick changes in the record from Read Optimized mode, click Edit and Mobile Express loads inline. If we detect scripts in the form, we will load the form in Mobile Express.
What’s New is available in the iPad experience as well. You can create a new post, reply to an existing post, or like a post—just as you do in the web browser.
We’ve done a few things to optimize the experience for touch
Here are the restrictions of the iPad experience
We understand that this experience targets a particular scenario and if this doesn’t work for you, we have provided an easy way for you to switch to Mobile Express and continue using the experience that you did before this release.
This is our first big step into the mobility world. Look out for more capabilities in our future releases.
this great! When will on-premise users have this capability?
Wonderful... iPad usage is a top requested feature now. This is the right way.
Nice blog! You may need to change your bookmark if you continue to get Mobile Express after installing the product update.
Truly Excellent !!!