In the second half of November 2010, I was telling you that Microsoft planned to launch Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 in mid-December 2010.
Well, the Redmond company certainly managed to live up to the promise, and shipped the R2 release of Dynamics NAV 2009 on December 15th.
At this point in time, Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 is available to customers in no less than 42 countries around the world.
This is a first for the software giant, which has never made available a version of Dynamics NAV on as many markets simultaneously until now.
“If Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 was a release of courage and NAV 2009 SP1 was a release of precision, NAV 2009 R2 is a release of agility,” revealed
a member of the Dynamics NAV team.
“Because of architectural investments we made in NAV 2009 and based on your increasing interest in hosting and the cloud, we were able to pull features together early and ship them to you now.
“Getting you value earlier and more often is something we will continue in the future, based on a more frequent release cadence.”
This is now by any means an empty promise from the company. Fact is that Dynamics NAV customers have already been able to enjoy an accelerated release pace of new offerings.
In the past three years alone, Microsoft managed to ship just as many new iterations of Dynamics NAV, and by the looks of it, the successor of Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 is coming in 2011.
“First, we had done some investigations about running the RoleTailored client over wide-area networks, which would dramatically improve the usability of a hosted solution while reducing its cost.
Second, we realized that many of the features we'd already done in NAV "7" could be shipped early. Finally, by working with the CRM Integration team in Microsoft, we both agreed that we wanted to get the CRM-to-NAV Connector out early. Thus, R2 was born,” the Dynamics CRM team representative added.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 RTM is currently available for download. Customers with valid PartnerSource
accounts can now grab the bits, Microsoft informed.