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Industry Solutions – why chose Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a platform? 

Several key factors that affect an ISV’s efficacy are common across the software industry. Factors such as time to market, development, and maintenance cost form a critical part of the balance of profitability when building software solutions. An ISV should choose a development platform that can provide an accelerated development cycle and reduced ongoing maintenance...

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Running saved or user queries from an SDK application on CRM 3.0 

I recently found myself tediously constructing a QueryExpression based query to retrieve work items that satisfied a complicated set of criteria in our work item tracking system (Microsoft Dynamics CRM.)  I had constructing the query in advanced find before attempting the QueryExpression, and so it occurred to me that it would be great to just...

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Use Visual Studio 2005 To Build CRM Callouts 

We had some regularly scheduled programming, but Arash has just posted such a cool post over at his blog that I thought our value today could be best provided by being a re-director. Go check out his post on how to use VS 2005 for CRM callouts: http://blogs.msdn.com/arash/archive/2006/08/25/719626.aspx – Ilana Smith...

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Building applications for “partner” hosted CRM 

Earlier this year, we announced a new program to enable service providers to offer a hosted version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0.   The partner hosted version of CRM which is based on a Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) model delivers the same rich set of user interface options as offered by the on-premise version of Microsoft CRM...

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Top 10 Most Wanted Dynamics CRM Snap-ins 

During the course of giving and preparing countless CRM demos as Satya’s demo whipping boy, I’ve made frequent use of our Dynamics Snap-ins because they show off the *cough* harmony *cough* between Office and Dynamics.  Customers always get that faraway “wow, that’s cool!” look in their eyes.  In spite of my reservations about how simple...

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New Microsoft CRM Mobile Client 

I sat down with David Thacher, Brad Wilson, and Bill Patterson this past Wednesday to talk about what we are doing in terms of mobility.  We announced our plans for this recently at our Worldwide Partner Conference.  We’re adding new options here – one that I think really opens things up and fits better with...

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Microsoft CRM plug-ins 

As an intern on the team that is currently looking into future enhancements of the Marketing Automation (MA) capabilities of Microsoft CRM (MS CRM) I have noticed many opportunities in which ‘pluggable’ components may play an important role to enrich the functionality that we offer in this area. Currently, version 3.0 already has many areas...

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Related Entity Data in Excel Spreadsheet 

The grids in Microsoft CRM 3.0 don’t have related entity information.  You can’t for example look at a list of opportunities and see the account rating or account territory of the opportunity’s potential customer on the same row.    With the export to dynamic Excel feature in 3.0, you can actually edit the spreadsheet query...

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“Execute” API in a Service Oriented world 

If you look at Microsoft Dynamics CRM V3.0 web services APIs, you’ll notice a number of drastic improvements compared to the previous versions of CRM.  Besides the facts that you will see a much deeper integration with Visual Studio (IntelliSense = self documenting API = much faster/productive coding) and stronger compliance with web service standards...

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Why Filtered Views Are Cool 

In this article I want to describe my favorite feature from Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0: Filtered Views.   Background   Dynamics CRM is built on top of a complex SQL Server database. The CRM Platform component was designed to manage access to the underlying SQL Server database, providing an API layer, security services (permissions, roles,...

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