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Microsoft Convergence 2015 – Opening Keynote

Today over 12,000 packed into the Phillips Arena to hear the opening keynote delivered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft Executive Vice President of Business Solutions Kirill Tatarinov.



The takeaway them of the keynotes was:

Empowering people and organizations





There were some key announcements or demos from today’s keynote. These were:

  • Office Delve
  • Microsoft Social Engagement
  • Azure IoT Suite
  • InsideSales for Dynamics CRM
  • Dynamics CRM Spring ‘15 Preview (‘Carina’)
  • OneNote integration with Dynamics CRM
  • Skype for Business Preview
  • Office 2016 Preview
  • Surface Hub
  • Power BI

Full details of the announcements can be found by reading the formal press release from Microsoft here:

You can listen to the keynote video via this link:

I captured some slides of these announcements or demos. These are shown below.



Office Delve


Microsoft Social Engagement (formally known as Microsoft Social Listening)

Microsoft Social Engagement

Azure IoT Suite

Azure IoT

Inside Sales


Dynamics CRM Spring ‘15 Preview (‘Carina’)

Dynamics CRM

OneNote Integration with Dynamics CRM


Skype for Business (Formally known as Lync)

Skype for Business

Skype for Business2

Office 2016 Preview


Surface Hub

Surface Hub

Greg Olsen

Microsoft Convergence 2015 – Welcome to Atlanta

Another year has gone by and the Microsoft Convergence has landed. It returns again to Atlanta.  Here thousands will pack into the Georgia World Congress Center venue to attend sessions, be part of the exhibition and do LOTS of networking.

Convergence Banner


As I work my way though the week, I will endeavour to post various information and photos here on this blog to share this years experience.

Greg Conference Badge

Tomorrow we kick off officially with the Keynote. This sets the scene for the whole week and gets us all motivated.

Looking forward to it!

Greg Olsen

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 – Global Premiere Event

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment


On November 4, 2013, Microsoft is hosting an hour long, virtual Global Premiere Event, live from Barcelona! Join us to hear live amazing stories from companies who are creating compelling customer experiences and using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to help bring those experiences to life, see the new version in action!





Greg Olsen

Microsoft Dynamics 2013 – Announcements Released at WPC 2013

I thought I would add a blog post of some of the announcements for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 (a.k.a Orion) at the latest Worldwide Partner Conference 2013.

I did a blog post when I was at Convergence 2013 in New Orleans earlier in the year about Orion. So if you would like to see that post also, then head to the link here.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Themes

The current 2013 themes can be categorised into 4 categories:

Reimagined Experience

Cleaner, faster, more intuitive interface drives productivity

Process Agility

Agile process guidance so you can respond to rapidly changing business needs

CRM on the Go

Access what you need where you need it so you can connect to customers

Social in Context

Work across boundaries to create the right customer experiences

Marketing Pilot Availability

The following countries will have the first availability for Marketing Pilot in Q1, CY14:


  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • United States


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
    CRM Upgrades

The big question that will be on everyone’s mind .. what about upgrades?

Microsoft has announced at the WPC that CRM 2013 will upgrade your Ribbons, Forms and JavaScript to the new process form user interface. This is great news!

Microsoft Licensing – New Versions

With the launch of CRM 2013 comes the launch of new licensing versions. This was already announced earlier by Microsoft.

New versions will be:

  • Essential
  • Basic
  • Professional

These versions will be the same for both CRM Online and On-Premise.

Pricing For CRM Online (USD$)

  • Essential – $15 per user per month
  • Basic – $30 per user per month
  • Professional – $65 per user per month

INCLUDED: 1 non-production license. Great for development and testing!

Pricing For CRM On-Premise (USD$)

  • Essential – $79 per user (CAL)
  • Basic – $342 per user (CAL)
  • Professional – $984 per user (CAL) or $787 per device
    CRM 2013 Server License: $3938 per instance


CRM Mobile – iPad, iPhone, Windows 8 and Android

Microsoft will be introducing new mobile client applications on iPad and Windows 8 tablets, giving users access to powerful functionality and analytics on the go.

Not long after CRM 2013 is released, Microsoft plans to offer new touch-optimised mobile experiences for Windows Phone 8, iPhone and Android phones, extending user access to CRM information.

This info has also been released with Microsoft’s latest press release.

Exciting times ahead for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Greg Olsen

Windows 8.1 – Preview Guide Available For Download

Today at the BUILD conference in San Francisco, the new operating system update Windows 8.1 Preview was released. With the operating system update release, comes a product guide.

You can download a copy of the product guide from Microsoft here


For future reference, I have uploaded it here as well.

Greg Olsen

Build 2013 – Keynote Kicks Off Tomorrow

Cloudy San Francisco hosts tomorrows Keynote which officially kicks off this years BUILD conference. However, I’m writing this blog post from Auckland, New Zealand.


BUILD is the biggest Microsoft developer geekfest event for the year worldwide. It’s going to be great to see what Microsoft showcase for the development world tomorrow. Talk of the street is Windows 8.1. What else will there be? I have my predictions. We will soon find out!

BUILD 2013

Make sure you tune into the live stream of the keynote here

Also, make sure you check out some early blog posts and photos from Roshan Mehta via his blog here.


Greg Olsen

Microsoft Convergence 2013 – Blog 4- Orion Roadmap & Look n Feel Screenshots

Wednesday 20th March 2013 session at Convergence 2013 in New Orleans, Jujhar Singh delivered a session titled CSCRM08 – Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Product Recap & Roadmap Primer. Now this is a session I had been waiting for. It contained the roadmap and look n feel of the next major release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM code name Orion, which was released publically today to customers, partners and other attendees of Convergence 2013. I will continue on the theme of photos. They explain most of it – I’m sure you can read from the photos right?

The roadmap can be displayed in 4 areas:

  • Polaris
  • BCM
  • Polaris Update
  • Gemini
  • Orion
  • Orion MKT



The next major release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM will come in the form of the Orion release in the second half of 2013.

The major themes for the Orion release are as follows:

  • User Experience – Continuation of the journey in Polaris
  • Ubiquitous – Role-tailored applications for Sales Professionals. (Ubiquitous key word replaces the word Mobile. You will be hearing this a lot more).
  • Productivity – Internal Collaboration for the on-premise customers & Server Sync enhancements
  • Business Process – Process-centric theme continued to the next level
  • Online – Online first focus to continue (this means CRM Online will get all the new features first before OnPremise)


Now lets take a look at the new Orion User Interface. Firstly, you will notice it has no ribbon. Next it has no left navigation bar. The navigation bar is now at the top (as shown in purple colour in the screenshot below).


This new UI drives a better user experience for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Everything is happening in the one browser window. Note: I have no information on the Outlook UI. You will need to wait for Microsoft to announce this.

If you have used, then you will be familiar with the dropdown navigation. This experience is now similar within Orion as shown below.


More UI screenshots can be seen below





The mobility roadmap for Orion


Platform in Orion


The Next Frontier …

This slide gives you a snapshot of what is coming


This is the look n feel of the MarketingPilot application which will be a part of the Gemini release. Note the flat UI.



Exciting times ahead in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.


Greg Olsen