Microsoft has released new tools to accelerate development of custom components in Dynamics CRM 2011 solutions. At the same time, we have published an update to Dynamics CRM Online that includes better integration with Office 365 and the introduction of social capabilities.
The CRM Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is a downloadable package that becomes embedded within the Visual Studio 2010 development environment and streamlines the creation of custom solution components. Prior to the release of this Toolkit, developers had to work with a series of standalone tools and command-line utilities to create and deploy custom extensions to Dynamics CRM. Now, developers can use Visual Studio 2010 templates to generate Dynamics CRM custom component projects, add code stubs based on the type of custom component being built, and deploy components to either on-premises or cloud-hosted runtime environments. The toolkit also installs an “Explorer” module into Visual Studio 2010 where developers can browse the various artifacts that make up their Dynamics CRM instance.
More power to Visual Studio 2010 developers!!