I try to get out three blog posts per month and, given it is a short month I am therefore writing a blog post while I sit in an MVP session. I generally shy away from doing this as, frankly it is ‘safer’.
Other than telling you I am sitting in a room amongst the greats of CRM listening to the Product Managers of CRM impart their vision and thoughts, my hands are very much tied as to what I can say. Microsoft take the MVP NDA very seriously and I respect that. What I can say is the dialogue between the Product Managers and the MVPS is healthy, robust and respectful and I am proud to be part of it.
My Rules For Answering The Questions
In my last post, I encouraged readers to ask me questions to ask at Summit. While I can say the information provided about CRM now and in the future was comprehensive the rule I must follow is “I can only talk about it if I can find it online” or if I get formal approval. From a practical perspective this means I can mostly talk about Polaris and, to a lesser extent, upcoming releases such as Orion and Leo (http://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2013/02/next-4-releases-of-microsoft-dynamics-crm/). The good news is I passed on this blog to the Microsoft product team and have received the formal green light. For additional information, if history is any guide, most of what we learn at Summit comes out at Convergence anyhow
Ankit Shah asked about:
- When shall Dynamics CRM support HTML 5?
- What happens, post-Orion with custom ribbon buttons
- Is the new Flow UI going to be the end of jscript? What is the alternative for us?
- Will the internet lead capture be made available internationally?
- How do we change the goal roll-up system job scheduling time?
Simon Hertzel asked about:
- The upgrade path from here and beyond and whether fixes will be delivered separately to feature improvements
- Code parity between online and on-premise
- The provision of development and test environments for CRM online
Roman Finkel asked about:
- Can we convert field types rather than delete and re-create fields?
- Can we have dependent option sets?
- Can we have online forms?
Jeff Loucks asked:
- Do you prefer Magiannos or McCormicks?
- What are the four steak restaurants in Bellevue?
Html 5 Support
The Polaris cross-browser client is HTML 5 compatible so you can start developing today. Please note that if your client uses an older browser (or iPad safari) they may not be fully HTML 5 compliant.
Custom Ribbon Buttons
I cannot talk about post-Orion but I can tell you Polaris supports classic form custom buttons by putting them in their own bar at the top of the form.
J-script support in Flow Forms
Polaris ‘Flow UI’ forms have no support for jscript. However, as stated here (http://niiranen.eu/crm/2013/02/extreme-crm-2013-rome-takeaways/ ) it is intended for Orion to bring back form scripting.
Internet Lead Capture Form
I have no information to share on the availability of the internet capture form, or any web form in the product.
Goal Roll-up Scheduling Time
Similarly I have nothing to share on this one, sorry.
Upgrade Path and the Delivery of Fixes vs Updates
Again, Extreme 2013 comes through with the goods (http://niiranen.eu/crm/2013/02/extreme-crm-2013-rome-takeaways/ ). Bob confirmed that fixes would be delivered as rollups and these would NOT contain feature updates, which will, therefore, need to be delivered separately.
Reading between the lines of this (http://vizbqma.msdynamicsworld.com/story/microsoft-dynamics-crm-ur12-and-polaris-clarifying-differences-community), this (http://niiranen.eu/crm/2013/02/extreme-crm-2013-rome-takeaways/) and this (http://community.dynamics.com/product/crm/crmtechnical/b/microsoftdynamicscrmco/archive/2013/02/10/microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-extremecrm-day2-3.aspx) suggests Microsoft is adopting an ‘online first’ policy with on-premise catching up annually.
Provision of Test and Development Environments
According to this (http://blogs.technet.com/b/lystavlen/archive/2012/11/21/multiple-instances-in-the-upcoming-release-of-crm-online.aspx) Office 365 allows for multiple instances but charges a monthly fee, as feared by Simon. If the amount is $500+ as suggested my Simon in his original post to me, this would be difficult to maintain when a system is on-going for a small business. In fact, it may be cheaper to fire up a new Office 365 account, add in a couple of users for testing and pay for it this way i.e. $50 per user per month or thereabouts. There may even be an option of firing up an ‘on-premise’ version on a cloud IaaS with an MSDN license, if it is for development.
Field Type Conversion
Nothing to share on this.
Dependant Option Sets
The simplest way of achieving this today is with filtered lookups as per my article here. For now it makes sense to stick with that.
Nothing to share on this.
Magianno’s or McCormicks?
Personally, I would take McCormicks every time.
The Four Steakhouses of the Apocalypse
This is a trick question as there are, according to Bing, five of them (http://www.bing.com/entities/search?q=bellevue+steak+house&filters=segment%3a%22local%22&pc=CMNTDF&src=IE-SearchBox&qpvt=bellevue+steak+house&FORM=MAPAGG)
There are a lot of interesting things that have been happening in the release of Polaris and all indications are it is not letting up in Orion. We are, indeed, living in interesting times.