CRM Developer Tools in Visual Studio 2015

It seems CRM Developer Tools are not getting much love from Microsoft lately.

The versions available for CRM 2013 where only for VS2013 and V2012 It’s not been release as part in CRM 2015 SDK yet.

…and VS 2015 is just around the corner…

But there is always a way, ;)…

There are known work arounds (e.g.: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Toolkit with Visual Studio 2013) to make this work on VS2013 but I found none so far to deal with VS2015.

After looking around and doing some tests I found a MVW (Minimum Viable Workaround, ;)) to make this work. 3 simple steps should do it, as per below:

  • Add the below to devenv.exe.config

  • Install Microsoft.CrmDeveloperToolsVS2015.vsix (my own version with just a view tweaks considering the workaround for VS2013, as per blog linked above)

  • Copy the contents of “CRM MSBuild.zip” to “C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\CRM” (if folder path does not exist create it:

Disclaimer:

  • Needless to say that this a completely unsupported workaround, do it at your own risk.
  • This was done on the Current VS2015 RC1 (Release Candidate), it might not work on former of future releases.
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CRM 2015 Update 1 is OUT! (CRM Online)

CRM 2015 Update 1 (AKA: .v7.1; Carina) has been out for a few weeks now.

Microsoft started rolling out CRM 20125 for Online instances back in December 2015, and now it’s time to do the same for 2015 U1.

For on-premises, this update is scheduled to be released in Q4 2014 (source 1 ; source 2).

This is a very exiting release, as it brings a plethora of new features and improvements, some of them long-awaited (Microsoft seems to be listening loud and clear partners and customers suggestions).

Even the web UI has had a distinctive change (if you see the UX in the image below, then you are on Update 1 already, ;))

If you want to know what’s in the box, check out some of my previous posts:

  1. Navigation Bar and Global MRU
  2. Form Navigation
  3. Theming
  4. Export to Excel Redesigned
  5. Immersive Excel
  6. Folder-Level Tracking
  7. CRM for Phones Redesigned
  8. OneNote Integration
  9. Online Ramp-Up E-mails