Today we are happy to announce the beta release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (formerly CRM ‘5’) to partners and customers. This release is on track with the announcements we made at WPC regarding the beta availability.The press release detailing the release and features/capabilities of CRM 2011 can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/sep10/09-09MSCRM2011BetaPR.mspx
At DPE, we are hard at work creating a 300-level developer training course on CRM 2011 and we will be releasing that in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
CRM 2011 is available immediately both in the cloud (CRM Online) and as on-premises bits. We strongly recommend you to get CRM Online (signup at http://www.crm2011beta.com) as it’s the same CRM 2011 product available in the cloud and ready for you to work on immediately. If you are already signed up as an pre-release partner or enrolled in the beta notification list, chances are that you already have a CRM Online invite in your Inbox. The On-Premises product bits are located in the Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0c7dcc45-9d41-4e2e-8126-895517b4274c.
CRM Online is available for download and testing in eight languages (English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese) and 36 market as this release marks the first global public beta for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Additionally, beta for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 on-premises is available in 40 markets in eight languages.
You can start building your applications right away as the solution packages built on beta will be compatible with the final release of the product. This is also a great time to give feedback to us about what you think is missing or not working right. If you are partner, it is a great opportunity for you to build your product now and get ahead of your competition by listing your application in the Dynamics Marketplace which will be available in the next few days.
Don’t forget to check out www.crm2011beta.com as it is a one-stop shop for everything related to this Beta release. The site includes feature walkthroughs, interviews with product team members, partner testimonials and many more resources for both technical and non-technical audience.
If you have a day to spare, attend one of our global readiness tour events happening world-wide. The product will jump out of beta into the final shape over the next few months and will be released in 40 markets and 41 languages by the end of the calendar year.
We have a public forum located here: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/crm2011beta/threads . Make sure you bookmark this link for all CRM 2011 Beta related questions. The forum is monitored by various MVPs and Microsoft team members so ask away!