Microsoft Rolls Out Dynamics GP 2015, Updates Dynamics AX

Close on the heels of this week's release of Dynamics CRM 2015, Microsoft on Tuesday announced two more updates to its Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) line.

First, the company has released Dynamics GP 2015, which Microsoft partners can now download through the PartnerSource portal here.

Gordon Macdonald, global outbound marketing director for Dynamics ERP at Microsoft, briefly described some of the changes in Dynamics GP 2015 in this blog post. New features include integration with Microsoft Azure AD, enabling single sign-on across other Microsoft cloud services like Office 365; more native workflows for expense, payroll, purchasing and sales functions; and a new service-based architecture aimed at cutting "the cost and time required for customers and partners to create and modify business solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics GP."

Microsoft first announced Dynamics GP 2015 in February as the second of two planned Dynamics GP releases this year (the first was Dynamics GP 2013 R2, which was rolled out in May). According to the timeline that Microsoft gave in February, Dynamics GP will have a six-month update cycle starting next year.

The second release announced Tuesday is Cumulative Update 8 (CU8) for Dynamics AX 2012 R3, which became generally available in May.

Microsoft briefly previewed CU8 at last month's Convergence Europe conference, promising "a full end-to-end cloud solution" through integration with Microsoft Azure. In a blog post Tuesday, Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, reiterated that CU8 "will enable businesses to experience all of the productivity benefits of Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Azure."

CU8 is available for download via the Microsoft Lifecycle Services page here. Download instructions and support information are available here.

This post on the Dynamics AX blog outlines the changes being delivered in CU8. The new release will support development with Visual Studio 2013 on Dynamics AX 2012 R3. In addition, Microsoft is introducing a new "modern" (or "Metro"-style) point-of-sale app for Windows and Windows Phone mobile devices.

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