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Dynamics 365 – Available 1st November 2016

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

11th Oct 2016

Today live form Tampa, Florida, Microsoft announced Dynamics 365 publically for the first time. Dynamics 365 was shown in action during a keynote delivered by Microsoft EVP Scott Guthrie. Scott shared the Microsoft strategy for digital transformation as he unveiled Dynamics 365, the next generation of intelligent business applications.

Dynamics 365 will be made available 1st November 2016.

Dyn365 Nov1

Greg Olsen

Categories: Dynamics 365, Microsoft

Dynamics 365 – Get a first look at Microsoft Dynamics 365

October 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Join Microsoft online on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7) and be among the first to see the next generation of business applications—helping your organization to grow, adapt, and evolve.

On Tuesday, October 11 you will see Microsoft EVP Scott Guthrie share the Microsoft strategy for digital transformation as he unveils Dynamics 365, the next generation of intelligent business applications. You’ll get an in-depth look at:

  • How Dynamics 365 applications unify CRM and ERP capabilities into purpose-built applications that work seamlessly together
  • How to better engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and reinvent products and business models
  • How organizations are meeting the changing needs of customers and capturing new business opportunities

Don’t miss this session!

Greg Olsen

Microsoft Dynamics CRM – CRM Magazine – Market Leader Awards Winner

August 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Microsoft Dynamics CRM was announced as the winner in four major categories of the CRM magazine Market Leader Awards:

  • Enterprise CRM Suite
  • Midmarket CRM Suite
  • Small Business CRM Suite
  • Sales Force Automation




This is great news for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Read more about this from Bob Stutz blog post here.

Greg Olsen

Categories: Dynamics CRM, Microsoft

Windows Server 2003 – End of Microsoft Support July 14 2015

Just under a year out from this blog post, Microsoft will end the support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14th 2015. This means no more security patches or bug fixes will be available. So if you are running Windows Server 2003 you need to plan for this date and the impact it will have on your server(s). If you intend sticking with Windows Server after July 14th 2015 then you will need to have a custom support agreement with Microsoft to receive any new issues or updates.



Greg Olsen

Office 365 – New Feature – First Release

Microsoft has been rolling out a new feature called ‘First Release’. This feature allows administrators of Office 365 to enable their organisation to receive a collection of Office 365 feature updates and enhancements the instant they are released from Microsoft.

From Microsoft:

First Release gives customers who opt-in the opportunity to get a small selection of significant enhancements to the Office 365 user experience, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online first. If you opt-in to First Release, you will receive new qualifying feature updates first, a minimum of two weeks before customers in our standard release group.

By default, all Office 365 customers are part of the standard release group. If you stay within this group i.e. don’t enable First Release option, then you will receive the new feature updates a minimum of two weeks after availability in First Release.

To enable First Release to your Office 365 subscription:

  1. Log into the portal admin at
  2. Go to Admin > Service settings > Updates

First Release Option

Greg Olsen

Categories: Microsoft, Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 & Yammer – Leaders in Social Enterprise

A recent report published from Forrester has recognised Microsoft Office 365 + Yammer as Forrester Wave Leaders within the Enterprise Social Platforms. You can find the full report from the Forrester site here.

Microsoft Office 365 and Yammer can be clearly shown within the ‘Leaders’ area of this Forrester Wave illustration.

Office365 & Yammer Graph 2014

Another Key Takeaway from the report published by Forrester:

Enterprise social has become increasingly integrated with adjacent technologies, such
as document collaboration, portals, and line-of-business applications like customer
relationship management. To that end, vendors with significant leverage like IBM,
Microsoft, and will become more dominant on customers’ shortlists.

For more information, you can read the report here.

Greg Olsen

Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Free eBook – Increase your impact with Microsoft Dynamics Marketing

Hot out of Microsoft. A free eBook.


This eBook gives you a quick run-down of the powerful tools in Microsoft Dynamics Marketing that you can use to manage leads, plan and execute campaigns, and monitor their performance.

If you would like to get a hold of this eBook, you can download it from here

Archived version is downloadable from here.

Dynamics Marketing eBook


Build Campaigns


Dynamics Marketing



Greg Olsen