Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 beta now available for cloud deployments

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 14, 2010

MicrosoftDynamicsCRM2011Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has announced the beta release of Dynamics CRM for cloud-based and on-premises deployments. The beta release marks the worldwide rollout of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service from Microsoft’s global datacenters. This will be released to customers and hosting partners for on-premises deployment as Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

The beta for the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service will now be available in India along with 35 other markets and offered in eight languages globally. The final version of the service will be available in 40 markets and 41 languages, including India, by the end of the year. The beta of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for on-premises and partner-hosted deployments will be available in all 40 markets in eight languages.

“I am excited to announce the launch of global beta of CRM Online worldwide and in India. Our new beta release for cloud-based and on-premises deployments will enable the real customer relationship management experience- dynamic, open, uncompromising, extensible and fully integrated into the desktop — as both software and a service,” said Subhomoy Sengupta, Group Director, Microsoft Business Solutions, Microsoft India.

Some of the features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 include a familiar interface through a native Outlook client, the Microsoft Office contextual CRM ribbon, ‘RoleTailored’ design, user personalization, guided process dialogs, inline data visualizations, and real-time dashboards. It also provides connected experiences through cloud development, Windows Azure integration, contextual Microsoft SharePoint document repositories, teamwork and collaboration, and the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace.

Microsoft also announced that the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace will enter beta later this month. At beta, this new online service will be available at no additional cost and will provide an easy way for partners to market and distribute solutions to Microsoft Dynamics customers, including a catalog with more than 700 applications and professional services. Customers will be able to access Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace directly from within Microsoft Dynamics CRM to search, filter and download applications, as well as directly connect with Microsoft partners.

Customers and partners can download or sign up for the beta today at CRM2011beta.com to evaluate and start building solutions based on the new release.