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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

Microsoft and announce a global strategic partnership

As we watch our Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online instances being updated with the Spring ‘14 release, there is some ‘interesting’ news released today from Microsoft.

Thursday 29th May 2014:

On Thursday Microsoft Corp. and (CRM) announced a strategic partnership to create new solutions that connect’s customer relationship management (CRM) apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows so customers can be more productive.

"We are excited to partner with and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world," said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. "Working together we’ll deliver new solutions that connect the customer insights of Salesforce to the cloud productivity of Office 365, the cloud platform of Azure and the mobility of Windows, so our customers can do more."

All good questions you might be asking yourself about now:

  • What does this mean for CRM world?
  • What does this mean for the end customer?
  • What does this mean for the share price of
  • How will the market react to this news?
  • What does this mean if you don’t use either Microsoft Dynamics CRM or

How do I find out more? … you can join the conference call:

The teleconference will begin at 1:45 p.m. PDT.

  • A live audiocast of the conference call can be accessed through’s Investor Relations website,, and Microsoft’s Investor Relations website,
  • Participants who choose to call into the conference call can do so by dialing (866) 901-7332 for U.S. participants or (866) 901-1764 for international participants, passcode 47761253.

Like I said earlier, ‘interesting’ times ahead!

Greg Olsen

Microsoft – New CEO Satya Nadella

February 4, 2014 Leave a comment

As we all know, Steve Ballmer announced on August 23rd 2013 that he would retire as CEO from Microsoft once a successor was named. Now the new successor has been named, it is Satya Nadella.




As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.”



You can read more about the appointment of Satya via the official Microsoft press release here:


Greg Olsen

Categories: Microsoft