It's beginning to look a lot like Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) channel partners can expect a shiny new Dynamics CRM package under the Christmas tree.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, the first major upgrade for the product in more than three years, remains on track to be released to manufacturing by the end of the year, Microsoft CRM general manager Brad Wilson said Thursday. That means the application, also known as "Titan," will be generally available to the channel early in 2008 and the Microsoft-hosted version of the application called Dynamics CRM Live that's based on the same code base should be up and running shortly.
Channel partners will be able to sell Dynamics CRM as an on-premise application or offer it as a hosted application. While Microsoft will host Dynamics CRM Live for customers within its own data centers, Wilson envisions Microsoft channel partners providing business consulting and configuration services around the hosted application. Microsoft has promised that solution providers that act as sales agents for Dynamics CRM Live will receive 10 percent of the annual subscription license fees.
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