What did we release today?
Well, we did a press release! The announcement is saying that CRM “5” Community Technology Preview (CTP3) is being released to a handful of Microsoft partners for limited preview. Please note that this is not a public beta, so there is no public link to download bits or anything at this point.
CRM “5” is still under active development and more than few months away to be released publicly. We are doing a limited release for 2 main reasons
If you have a project coming up on CRM 4.0, is it time to panic?
Relax, you will be fine. Continue to work on CRM 4.0 and all of the supported components & code will be compatible with CRM “5”.
Also there are some amazing CRM 4.0 SDK enhancements that we will talk about at Convergence 2010 next month which makes it easy for you to move certain applications you build on CRM 4.0 to CRM “5” with very little or no code change. So please watch the news from convergence closely for the details on this.
How can you get started with CRM “5” CTP3?
If you are an Independent Software Vendor (ISV), limited seats are still available for working with CRM “5” CTP3 through the ISV Metro program run by Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) group at Microsoft. Talk to your ISV Evangelist or Microsoft representative in your region and ask them to nominate you for the Metro program.
If you are not an ISV, please be patient and wait for a few more months. We’ll get you up-to-speed well in advance before the product ships.
NOTE: There might be a few lingering bugs and issues in the product today as is the case with any preview software. What we are looking for is validation from you on whether we are building the right set of features and functionalities to enable your application development. So if you see an occasional error message or placeholder icons, do the smart thing.
BTW, is it CRM 5.0 or CRM5 or CRM “5” or “CRM5” ?
From my limited interactions with our legal team, “5” is just a code name for the product and not the final name. Any code name for pre-released versions should always have quotes (“5”) around it. It is up to the marketing team to come up with a dazzling name for the product before we ship. So for now, I’ll stick with CRM “5”. Or is it “CRM5”, ah now you got me confused :-)
In my quest to bring Office, SharePoint & CRM closer together, I tweaked an old demo and got it working with Office 2010 & SharePoint2010.
This demo showcases a custom add-in within Office 2010 that helps a Project Manager to create a status report document. The code uses a formatted document template and a custom task pane that pulls data from CRM. From the task pane, you can directly insert data into the word document. Also you can take portion of the document content and publish them to a custom SharePoint 2010 list using the Client Side Object Model.
You can download the current code for this project here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/officewpfcrm4
Disclaimer: Please note that this is demo quality code without any optimizations or clean-up.
The code is currently using Visual Studio 2010 Beta2, Office 2010 Beta, WPF and SharePoint 2010 Beta.
As we evolve this code, I’ll be updating the MSDN code gallery project page. Also I’ll post a Channel9 video soon that goes through the development process in detail. If you have any comments or feedback in the meantime, please feel free to send them my way.
I have been working closely with Steve Fox lately to put together some interesting scenarios on how we can bring the line of business data from Dynamics CRM and surface that using the SharePoint 2010 platform.
The first step in that effort is creating a simple developer demo wherein a Silverlight webpart running on SharePoint 2010 brings data from CRM 4.0 web services.
In this demo, we have a data grid showing some CRM accounts and once you choose an account, it displays the opportunities within the account by using a Chart from Silverlight toolkit. The data grid is also editable, so you can make changes and save them back to CRM. Also when you choose an account and click on “Publish to SharePoint” button, it uses the new Client Side Object Model (CSOM) in SharePoint to publish the data to a custom list in SharePoint.
You can download the current code for this project here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/slsp2010crm4
The code is currently using Visual Studio 2010 Beta2, Silverlight 4 Beta and SharePoint/Office 2010 Beta.
Conference gala is certainly here. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2010) is coming to Washington, D.C. this year on July 11-15, 2010.
If you are building some great solutions on Microsoft technologies, make sure you nominate your organization for the various partner awards and get the recognition you deserve. This year there are over 65 awards including the Software-plus-Services and Windows Azure Platform Partner of the Year Awards. Remember that nomination closes by April 2nd, so hurry up. Below is an extract from the awards site:
As a partner, you want press, industry, analyst, and Microsoft recognition. You want to differentiate your company from your competition. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your innovative solution recognized with a Microsoft WPC 2010 award!
This year, the WPC 2010 Awards Program is being expanded to showcase more partner solutions than ever at the upcoming conference in Washington, D.C., July 11-15, including the newly added Microsoft Country Partner of the Year award. Past winners have demonstrated significant customer impact, solution innovation, speed to market, deployment, and utilization of advanced features in Microsoft technologies. They have optimized Microsoft technologies to meet customer business needs and exceed expectations.
The Microsoft WPC 2010 Awards submission period runs from February 22, 2010 until April 2, 2010. Review this year’s award descriptions, FAQ, tips, and program rules to learn more about the awards process and to help in preparing your submission. Get started today, and submit your award!
Questions? Email the Microsoft WPC 2010 awards team
Convergence 2010, the premier Microsoft Dynamics conference is here shortly (April 24-27) and this year the event is organized a little differently, beginning on a weekend and with a virtual partner day. If you are thinking about attending Convergence, register now to take advantage of the $300 discount. This is valid until March 3rd, so why not register now and also remember that the better/closer hotels fill up fast.
I will be there presenting a session on xRM & Cloud titled
CSCRM22 Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Building Relationship Management Solutions in the Cloud Session Type: Concurrent Session Track: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Skill Level: 300 - Experienced Audience: Technical Decision Maker Session Description: Dive deep into how you can leverage Microsoft cloud technologies to develop solutions and connections within your business. Attend this session to see these key technologies in actions, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the Windows Azure platform, and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite.
CSCRM22 Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Building Relationship Management Solutions in the Cloud
Session Type: Concurrent Session Track: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Skill Level: 300 - Experienced Audience: Technical Decision Maker
Session Description: Dive deep into how you can leverage Microsoft cloud technologies to develop solutions and connections within your business. Attend this session to see these key technologies in actions, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the Windows Azure platform, and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite.
Here is the entire session catalog for your reference and please remember that this is still work in progress.
Of course there will be keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive discussions and everything but the key part of any conference is networking with fellow attendees, organizers and to your social world out there. So make sure you take advantage of the tools to have a wonderful experience.
Remember to use the official hash tag: #CONV10
See you in Atlanta.