Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011 support coming to Windows Phone 7

Nothing is official yet but according to TheVarGuy.com who attended the SMB Nation conference in Las Vegas last week, Microsoft’s VP of US Small and Medium Business & Distribution, Cindy Bates, demonstrated the forthcoming integration of Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online 2011 with Windows Phone 7:

Microsoft aggressively pitched Microsoft CRM Online. Bates says CRM is Microsoft’s fastest-growing business application. Microsoft previewed some forthcoming CRM Online 2011 enhancements, including integration with Windows Phone 7.
The unspoken message: Microsoft will link its CRM cloud strategy the Windows Phone 7 mobile launch in a bid to compete more aggressively against Salesforce.com and NetSuite.

This will probably be similar to the way SharePoint is currently integrated in WP7 but given that nothing has bee said about it yet I would guess that this features probably won’t be released before the end of the year (unless it is offered as a downloadble application in the Marketplace).

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Asus and Garmin break up. No Windows Phone 7 handset in sight

Yesterday Asus announced that it will not renew its business relationship with Garmin in the smartphone market which in turn may delay the launch of some of the current products in the works. Today the company has also stated that the focus is currently on Android and not on Windows Phone 7:

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HTC 7 Trophy and Samsung Omnia 7 now available at SFR in France

This one’s for my french readers. I wanted to let you know that the HTC 7 Trophy and the Samsung Omnia 7 are now available at SFR (there’s no Omnia 7 in stack right now thought. I discovered this earlier today (around 4AM) and at that time the HTC 7 Trophy was priced at €99 with a 2year contract (and a minimum of €50.5 per month) and the Samsung Omnia 7 was priced at €149 with a similar contract. This was definitely a bad move on SFR’s part compared to Orange’s offerings (all their WP7 phones have a €100 mail in rebate). But the good news is that SFR’s prices have now been updated! The HTC 7 Trophy is now at €1 after a €98 mail in rebate and the Omnia 7 is now at €49 after a €100 mail in rebate too. For my part I still don’t have a WP7 device and the promised review sample I was expecting this from MS is still nowhere to be seen…

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Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta released

The handfull of Mac users who are interested in Windows Phone 7 devices should be happy to learn that the Beta versiono f the Windows Phone 7 Connector applicayion that letsyou syc your phone with your Apple PC is now available for download. Keep in mind that this isn’t the Zune software at all but a simple applications that will let users syncronize their music, videos, podcast and photos with iTunes and iPhoto. Download it here.