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Savage on IT: Dynamics CRM 2013 Sneak Peek and other Top IT News

Author by James Savage

This week’s top IT, enterprise, and Microsoft-related news stories hold plenty of new releases and updates from Microsoft, including a Release Preview Guide of the Dynamics CRM 2013 services scheduled for release later this fall.

Microsoft goes public with more details on Dynamics CRM 2013. This fall Microsoft will release its cloud-based CRM service, the Dynamics CRM 2013 on-premises complement, and new CRM apps. A Release Preview Guide is available for free download, with 19 pages of insight into what users can expect from Dynamics CRM this fall (from ZDNet).

What Exactly is a Business Service? IT operators, managers, and organizations don’t necessarily agree on what defines a business service, so many industry workers have a hard time explaining precisely what one is (from Network World).

Microsoft launches Skype pre-release for Windows 8.1. Skype will be bundled with Windows 8.1 in its upcoming release and includes app-to-app launching, direct click-to-call from Internet Explorer, direct answer from the Start and Lock screens, and saved missed calls and instant messages (from The Next Web).

Microsoft Makes The Windows 8.1 RTM Build Available To Developers. After previously telling third-party developers that they would not be given access ahead of the general public, Microsoft has decided to release the Windows 8.1 RTM Build one month in advance (from Tech Crunch).

Microsoft delivers near-final Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate. Developers can now test out a near-final version of Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2013 development suite. The release-to-web version will be available on October 18, alongside the general release of Windows 8.1 for developers (from ZDNet).

Microsoft launches Windows Azure for Research. The new program from Microsoft Research helps the research community advance scientific discovery with cloud-based data collections and tools (from The Next Web).

Microsoft offers $200 credit for used iPads. Microsoft is targeting iPads rather than its own devices in its newly implemented recycle-for-reward initiative, in hopes that users will convert to Surface Tablets (from Engaget).

Top 20 Colleges for Computer Science Majors. Based on earning potential, California is home to the top 5 schools for computer science in the country, followed by MIT and Virginia Tech. Out of 129 fields examined in a research study by PayScale, Computer Science ranked number 8 (from


James Savage

James Savage is the President of Concurrency, Inc., an information technology solution company he founded 1989. Its customers are among the most successful communication, construction, financial, insurance, logistics, and manufacturing companies in the Midwest.