Anticipated release, fall update: Q4 2015
Microsoft plans to refresh its Dynamics CRM solution in the second quarter of 2015 with what it calls a “spring wave” of updates.
For some time now, Microsoft’s various Dynamics CRM and ERP solutions have been on a six-month product refresh cycle. The last major update to Dynamics CRM came in December 2014, with the release of Dynamics CRM 2015. That would suggest that the next big update could fall sometime in June this year, although Microsoft has not given a more specific timeframe beyond Q2.
The Dynamics CRM 2015 release was notable for the addition of integration with Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated digital personal assistant technology. That release was followed in January by a major update to Parature, a component of Dynamics CRM aimed at marketing- and sales-oriented users.
So far, Microsoft has not revealed much about what is coming with the spring update wave. However, a roadmap posted online in September 2014 by a Microsoft partner suggests that the entire Dynamics CRM stack — including on-premises Dynamics CRM, the cloud-based Dynamics CRM Online, the Dynamics Marketing tool, the Social Listening tool and Parature — will be getting updates at that time. According to that post (which has since been removed, although ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley retained a screenshot of the roadmap), the code names for the different updates are “Carina” for Dynamics CRM and Dynamics CRM Online, “Corvus” for Social Listening, “Spica” for Dynamics Marketing and “Taurus” for Parature