Getting ready for the CRM 2011 news and updates

Like most of you can find on the web, a great new release of Dynamics CRM 2011 is coming soon.

The list of the new features can be found in the following link http://crm.dynamics.com/en-us/roadmap

I want to focus on the Cross Browser feature here, even though this new functionality will be very welcome for most of the users including us (the developers), most of us might get some big headaches if we don’t be prepared to this change on time. Luckily Microsoft has released a few weeks ago a tool that will help us adapt the JavaScript codes that could be potential issues on the new release, especially with the other browsers like Chrome, Safari, etc.

This tool is called Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool and can be downloaded from  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30151

Once the solution is installed we will see the tool can be run from the solution itself:

When executing the tool we will be able to see the functions and methods that we will have to pay attention to replace and fix to support the cross browser feature.

The complete list of the incompatible functions between the different browsers that this tool detects can be found on this link

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2012/06/21/microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-custom-code-validation-tool-released.aspx

for those that want to start trying the new version on their On Premise environments I recommend following the detailed guidelines that Girish Raja published on this link

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/girishr/archive/2012/05/09/microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-ur9-a-k-a-r8-beta-is-here.aspx

Do not confuse the number of the rollup update 8, that is already available for download and released on May 2012 that can be downloaded from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2600644 with the version of the Release 8 which is supposed to be called now the Rollup Update 9.

Regards
Damian Sinay