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Business Action Virtual Tour – Global Series of Events

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The CRM team talks about CRM “5”

This week at PDC the Dynamics CRM team is taking the wraps off a few select platform features coming in the next major release of CRM.  A few weeks before PDC I sat down with some of the program managers and devs on the team to discuss a few of these features. In addition to… Read more


I finally got myself registered for PDC last week.  I noticed that we’ve now published a few Dynamics sessions.  These look to be really interesting.  Since PDC is the conference where we talk about the future of the Microsoft platform, I’m anxious to hear what Andy Bybee and Humberto Lezama Guadarrama have to say on… Read more

Another CRM Development book hits the shelves

David “Mr. Dave” Yack sent me a copy of his latest project this week.   Dave’s written a book on developing with the Dynamics CRM called “CRM as a Rapid Development Platform.”  I haven’t had a chance to read through all 700 pages, as I just got it a couple of days ago, but it looks… Read more

The Dynamics Duo talk about CRM and Silverlight

In yesterday’s video we talked about WPF and showed off some mind-altering 2D and 3D animations :).  As we said then, WPF provides access to local data and resources as well as access to bare metal performance including 3D graphics acceleration.  But you can’t take that sort of thing to the web.  While WPF will… Read more

The Dynamics Duo talk about CRM and WPF

In this episode The Dynamics Duo dive into the deep rich coolness that is WPF.  We also spend some time talking about the offline data framework that Dynamics CRM provides developers.  In past sessions we built solutions on SharePoint and Office and those are great for the specific scenarios they were intended for.  Windows Presentation… Read more

The Dynamics Duo talk about CRM and Office Business Applications (OBA)

In the last episode we talked about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server; in this one we talk about Microsoft Office on the client side. CRM actually integrates really really well with Microsoft Office Outlook right out of the box.  That’s a natural as it’s the place where many people work day-in day-out (and especially those sales… Read more

The Dynamics Duo talk about Dynamics CRM and SharePoint

In this segment Girish and I talk about how Dynamics CRM integrates with SharePoint.  We begin with a little guidance for where you might use one over the other and where they work well together.  And they sure do go well together.  “Separated at birth” is how I put it in the video.  🙂  Girish’s… Read more

Transparency and Openness

It’s great to see that the various product teams have committed to providing customers and partners the roadmap information they need to make technology and business decisions.  The latest team is the Dynamics CRM team.  They posted their statement of direction last week: This document outlines the future direction of Microsoft Dynamics CRM through to… Read more