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March 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Microsoft Dynamics announces new products, updates

Microsoft Dynamics is kicking off its Convergence 2012 conference today in Houston with a keynote address in which company bigwigs are expected to outline the vision for Dynamics and announce new products and updates.

Convergence is the annual conference for customers of Dynamics, Microsoft’s line of business management software including enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management applications.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend Convergence 2012, where Microsoft COO Kevin Turner and Microsoft Business Solutions President Kirill Tatarinov are expected to deliver their keynotes this morning.

At Convergence, Microsoft is expected present its vision — or guiding principles — for Dynamics, including creating products to better and more quickly help users gain insight from their business transactions and data; helping people connect with each other better; and letting customers pick and choose, a la carte style, which products they want to buy and having it work together seamlessly.

These principles “are elements in the products today and will be advanced going into the future,” Michael Park, corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, said in an earlier interview.

New products and updates are also expected to be announced at Convergence. Among them:

  • Dynamics AX 2012 R2, which will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of this year, is expected to deliver multichannel retail capabilities with Web storefronts and in-context business intelligence using SQL Server technologies.
  • Dynamics NAV 2013 and Dynamics GP 2013, expected to be generally available in the fourth quarter, will be cloud-enabled for Windows Azure and optimized for small and mid-sized businesses. (The NAV 2013 beta release is expected in May.)
  • Dynamics CRM’s next service update is also scheduled for the fourth quarter.

Dynamics currently has more than 350,000 customers, according to Park. Of those, 33,000 are business customers of Dynamics CRM, translating into 2.25 million individual users, according to Microsoft.

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