New naming conventions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM updates


We’re changing the way we name product updates to make things simpler and to unify our approach for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics CRM (on-premises).

Finding and understanding version numbers

To understand the new naming conventions, let’s first take a look at version numbers in CRM.

To find your version number, in the upper-right corner of the web client, choose the Settings icon, and then choose About. You’ll see the following screen:

The first three numbers of the 7-digit version number tell you most everything you need to know about which version you’re working with, whether you’re using CRM Online or CRM (on-premises):

So what’s changed?

Three things have changed in regard to naming conventions:

  • CRM Online. Product names for minor releases of CRM Online will now include the year as part of the name. For example, the spring release of CRM Online for 2015 is CRM Online 2015 Update 1. If there’s an incremental update that applies to the minor release, it will be appended to the name. For example, the first incremental update to the spring 2015 release would be called CRM Online 2015 Update 1.1.
  • CRM (on-premises). In the past, incremental updates for the on-premises version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM were called “Update Rollups”. In the future, Update Rollups will just be called “Updates” and will be associated with the third digit of the version number. For example, the first incremental update for version 7.0 is CRM 2015 Update 0.1. The complete version number in this case is 7.0.1.xxxx, which indicates that the update applies to the major 7.0 release, not a spring release. There will not be a spring 2015 release for the on-premises version, but if there’s a minor fall release, it would be called CRM 2015 Update 2, and any subsequent incremental updates would be appended to that number.
  • CRM for phones. The new phone app introduced with CRM Online 2015 Update 1 will be called CRM for phones. The CRM phone app for CRM 2013 and CRM 2015 will now be called CRM for phones express.

Product names, versions, releases, and code names

The following table shows CRM Online product names with their associated version numbers and code names.

Product Name Version
Descriptor
Version
Number
Release or
Update
Code
Name
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13 6.0.0 Major release “Orion”
Fall ‘13 6.0.1 Incremental update None
Fall ‘13 6.0.2 Incremental update None
Spring ‘14 6.1.0 Minor release “Leo”
2015 Update 7.0.0 Major release “Vega”
2015 Update 1 7.1.0 Minor release “Carina”

The following table shows CRM (on-premises) product names with their associated version numbers and code names.

Product Name Version
Descriptor
Version
Number
Release or
Update
Code
Name
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 6.0.0 Major release “Orion”
2013 UR1 6.0.1 Incremental update None
2013 UR2 6.0.2 Incremental update None
2013 SP1 6.1.0 Minor release “Leo”
2015 7.0.0 Major release “Vega”
2015 Update 0.1 7.0.1 Incremental update None

We hope this blog demystifies naming conventions for CRM going forward!

 

Bryce Holmes
Content Developer
Microsoft Dynamics CRM
End User Team

Comments (15)

  1. Néstor Sánchez says:

    Isn't the versión number of the last item in the on premise version supposed to be 7.0.1?

  2. shweta says:

    very well explained, quite helpful. thanks.

  3. Lorenzo says:

    The last row for the on-premises version is wrong: as stated above  the first incremental update for version 7.0 is CRM 2015 Update 0.1. The complete version number in this case is 7.0.1.xxxx (and not 7.1.0).

    I also ask why the correspondant of the 2015 Update 1 (7.1.0 "Carina") will not be available for the on-premises version until this fall, until now the roadmap has been respected for the two products at the same time.

    I also find misleading the fact that there will not be a spring 2015 release for the on-premises version, but if there’s a minor fall release, it would be called CRM 2015 Update 2 (while it will be the first minor update to this version and it should be named 7.1).

  4. CRM Team Blog says:

    @Nestor Sanchez – thank you and we've incorporated that change.

  5. Tim Z. says:

    Why is the 2015 Update 1 (7.1.0 "Carina") not available for the on-premises version?  The is hurting sales. Not good!!  The promise of Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the ability for the customer to choose a deployment option that best suites their needs.  

  6. Eva says:

    would be just great to have the spring release content for CRM on-premise any ealier then in fall. The new features are just fantastic, and I really want to offer them to our sales and support team right away.

  7. Anne Stanton says:

    So Happy  :)

  8. Michael M says:

    Tim Z – if you haven't figured it out already… (sorry Microsoft) – Microsoft has went OFF THE RAILS on one thing: They are determined to push cloud services AT THE EXPENSE OF THIS WHOLE 'CUSTOMER' THING. Meaning – THEY DON'T CARE. Folks – we are being PUNISHED if we're 'STILL ON PREMISE.' Shame on all us on-prem folks. MS: "We'll get you! We will punish you for not FORCING your customers to go into the cloud by NOT giving you the significant updates that we'll give CRM Online. That way, we'll look good and you and your customers will LOOK STUPID.

    GO MICROSOFT. They've become as passive aggressive as all the left wing democrats.

    SOMEONE SAY I'M WRONG.

  9. Michael M says:

    I would just like to say that while my response was tempered, it was truthful. However, because it wasn't in alignment with the propaganda that MS is spouting in effort to hide their intentions about forcing EVERYONE into online vs. onpremise, it didn't fit their agenda therefore it was CENSORED and not published. LOL.

  10. Selinon says:

    Please align online and on-premise descriptions, , you're still using 3 different names including "code name",

    I don't want to Google to understand which version we're talking about…

  11. Mel says:

    My version of CRM online is showing as (7.01.247)(DB 7.01.237) – where can I find information on this version?

  12. Michael M says:

    Thanks Lorenzo, well asked. Tim – I'm wondering why they didn't censor your truthful comment like they did mine.

  13. @Michael M and @TimZ – thank you for your comments.  We have gotten a lot of feedback about the frequency of our on-premises release, having moved from a three year cycle to now a once-a-year cycle in order to meet customer demands.  We also are striving to meet our CRM Online customer demands as well. Your comments are appreciated, but unfortunately at this time we are not making plans to change our release cycle.

  14. Shiva says:

    Nice post

  15. sudhanshu says:

    very well presented and can use to show customer…