Dynamics GP 2013 Hits General Availability

As promised, Microsoft rolled out Dynamics GP 2013 this week, one of three Dynamics products expected to be released this month.

The first was Release 2 of Dynamics AX 2012, Microsoft's enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for manufacturing, retail, public sector, distribution and services organizations, which became generally available in early December. At the same time, Microsoft announced that Dynamics GP 2013 would become generally available on Dec. 19, and the Q4 Dynamics CRM update would become available in mid-December.

Dynamics GP 2013 was released on Wednesday as scheduled. The release is available only to English-speaking countries so far, with French-Canadian and Latin-American Spanish editions expected to become available in the first half of 2013, according to a blog post by Errol Schoenfish, director product management at Microsoft.

Schoenfish pointed to the new Web client as one of the key selling points of Dynamics GP 2013. "Customers can access Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 through a rich client and an innovative new Web client. So whether they are in the office, on the road, or at home, they can get to the information they need when they need it, and on the device of their choice," he wrote "That sort of flexibility boosts not only productivity at the workplace, but also allows for innovation and inspiration wherever they are."

Other features include faster deployments via the new RapidStart toolset, improved "hostability" capabilities and over 125 other enhancements.

Information on accessing Dynamics GP 2013 is available here.

As for the Q4 Dynamics CRM update, the third Dynamics product scheduled to see daylight this month, Microsoft said that the rollout has begun for early-access customers, with general customers receiving the update in January.

"The Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 service update is being rolled out to customers and partners in our early access program. As we indicated earlier this month, the roll out will continue into January for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online existing and new customers, worldwide," a Microsoft spokesperson said in an e-mail. "Our priority is to provide a great customer and partner experience with this service update."

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