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Friday, 02 December 2011 08:38

Microsoft has a released a new version of the CRM 2011 SDK, You can download it here or access it trough MSDN.

ps: As I write this, only the MSDN link is up to date, the download still points to 5.0.7.

Here's a short highlight of the new features :

  • Updated binaries for the Portal developer toolkit and developer extensions. New features include support for authenticating portal users through the Windows Azure Access Control Service.
  • Added topics for Microsoft Office 365 integration, access, check it out here
  • Refreshed the User Interface Style Guide to include UI specification for the Activity Feeds feature and the Windows Phone application
  • Added an important security alert and new information about Office 365 authentication. Active Directory and Claims-Based Authentication
  • Added a new topic to provide guidance about tactics to provide support for multiple languages for all types of solution component. Create Solutions that Support Multiple Languages
  • Included the Site Map Editors section to include links to applications available to streamline editing the SiteMap
  • Added the Display a View in the Application Navigation using Site Map section to provide information about how to configure the SiteMap to show a specific view for an entity.
  • As usual quite a bunch of new code samples
  • See the complete list in the Release History on the first page.

The next SDK update is scheduled for January (thanks Mitch Milam and Ben Hosking for the info)

Friday, 18 November 2011 13:25

I was busy playing with how to automate ribbons definition when I found this very nice tool on Codeplex , the Visual Ribbon Editor.
Definitely worth having to speed up adding those buttons you need just right now for a mockup ;)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 12:03

The Office division has released a very nice video showing their vision about the future of computing; to watch in HD for the full glory.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 14:43

The Rollup 20 for CRM 4.0 has been released; you can download it from here , or get the KB Article :
As it fixes a few incompatibilities with IE9, I have adjusted the Dynamics CRM Supportability and Compatibility Matrix.

Here's the full list of fixed issues in this rollup.

  • Users who have Read permission and Append permission are incorrectly able to delete members in a shared marketing list in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.
  • When you open a record in an associated view in Internet Explorer 9, the picklist fields do not work correctly. More specifically, when you click the picklist fields, nothing occurs.
  • The mail merge mutex object is not cleaned up if a mail merge process is left idle for more than 30 minutes. Therefore, when you run the next mail merge process, you receive an error message that states that a mail merge process is already running.
  • When you synchronize Microsoft Dynamics CRM Citrix clients with Microsoft Office Outlook, you receive the following error message:
    An unknown error occurred while synchronizing data to Outlook.
  • When Microsoft Exchange 2010 is being used, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 does not track email messages that are generated by RightFax.
  • When Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 retrieves user information from a large domain that contains multiple child domains, you experience slow performance.
  • When you use the workflow designer to associate a contract with an account in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, the contract list displays no active contract for the corresponding customer.
  • The Accounts: No orders in last 6 months system view incorrectly displays accounts that contain orders that were created in the last six months.
  • Assume that an entity has the Cascade Active value specified in the Relationship Behavior for Assign field. If an appointment has relationships with the entity, you cannot assign the appointment to a new owner.
  • Assume that a contact entity contains a white space in a text field in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. In this situation, the contact entity is synchronized continuously in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM client for Outlook. This occurs even though no record is changed in the contact entity.
  • The Accounts: No orders in last 6 months system view displays the same customer multiple times.
  • Log levels for Microsoft Exchange Web Service (EWS) traces are set incorrectly to Default instead of Verbose in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.
  • Assume that you use Internet Explorer 9 to log on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. When you edit multiple email fields in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, you receive the following error message:
    Line 51
    Error: Unexpected call to method or property access.
  • When you synchronize appointments in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 with Microsoft Office Outlook, the appointments are generated as meeting requests. This occurs even though there are no attendees who are listed in the appointments.
  • When you save an appointment with a duration of zero minutes, you receive the following error message:
    User is being scheduled outside their work hours.
  • You cannot change the business unit of a user who is in a resource group when you use Administrative mode.
  • You cannot deploy rules to the mailboxes of different users in a Microsoft Exchange 2010 environment. This problem occurs when the Exchange Client Access server (CAS) role and the Exchange Mailbox server role are assigned to different servers.
  • If an item is opened in Outlook, you cannot promote the item in the Inbox mail list.
  • When you use Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 E-mail Router to send email messages, random characters are unexpectedly added to the subject header of the email messages. Therefore, the email messages may be classified incorrectly as junk email messages.
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