Office 2007 and Windows Vista
With the pending releases of Office and Windows products, a new level of productivity tools and a new generation of operation system will be available to our customers. By releasing a compatibility update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0, we will enable our customers to take advantage of powerful new products.
Windows Vista availability will begin in November for businesses, January for consumers. We’ve pegged the Microsoft CRM 3.0 compatibility update to the worldwide release schedule of Office 2007 for a reason; we will want to do absolute final testing on the RTM versions of Office 2007, which is why we plan on delivering immediately after the Office 2007 RTM.
The compatibility release will be slipstreamed into our inventory of media kits, but it will also be made available for download.
Expect Office 2007 RTM + 1-2 weeks for downloads (same math applies to localized versions of the compatibility release) and approximately 45-60 days for media kits to be replaced with the compatibility release. Effectively that will mean that the compatibility release will be available several weeks before General Availability of Office 2007.
Microsoft Exchange 2007
Microsoft CRM 3.0 currently supports the ability to locate user mailboxes on Microsoft Exchange 2007 servers; the Microsoft CRM 3.0 Exchange E-mail Router and its dedicated mailbox continue to require Exchange 2000/2003 and can operate in a mixed environment.
However, the current Microsoft CRM Rule Deployment Wizard cannot be used against Exchange 2007 mailboxes, so alternative rule deployment methods should be used. An update to the Microsoft CRM Rule Deployment Wizard to enable use on Exchange 2007 servers is planned for release at approximately the same time as RTM of Exchange 2007 and we aim at making the update available for download immediately after.
Senior Director, CRM Product Management