New naming conventions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM updates

We’re changing the way we name product updates to make things simpler and to unify our approach for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics CRM (on-premises).

Finding and understanding version numbers

To understand the new naming conventions, let’s first take a look at version numbers in CRM.

To find your version number, in the upper-right corner of the web client, choose the Settings icon, and then choose About. You’ll see the following screen:

The first three numbers of the 7-digit version number tell you most everything you need to know about which version you’re working with, whether you’re using CRM Online or CRM (on-premises):


So what’s changed?

Three things have changed in regard to naming conventions:

  • CRM Online. Product names for minor releases of CRM Online will now include the year as part of the name. For example, the spring release of CRM Online for 2015 is CRM Online 2015 Update 1. If there’s an incremental update that applies to the minor release, it will be appended to the name. For example, the first incremental update to the spring 2015 release would be called CRM Online 2015 Update 1.1.
  • CRM (on-premises). In the past, incremental updates for the on-premises version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM were called “Update Rollups”. In the future, Update Rollups will just be called “Updates” and will be associated with the third digit of the version number. For example, the first incremental update for version 7.0 is CRM 2015 Update 0.1. The complete version number in this case is 7.0.1.xxxx, which indicates that the update applies to the major 7.0 release, not a spring release. There will not be a spring 2015 release for the on-premises version, but if there’s a minor fall release, it would be called CRM 2015 Update 2, and any subsequent incremental updates would be appended to that number.
  • CRM for phones. The new phone app introduced with CRM Online 2015 Update 1 will be called CRM for phones. The CRM phone app for CRM 2013 and CRM 2015 will now be called CRM for phones express.

Product names, versions, releases, and code names

The following table shows CRM Online product names with their associated version numbers and code names.

Product NameVersion
Descriptor
Version
Number
Release or
Update
Code
Name
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13 6.0.0 Major release “Orion”
Fall ‘13 6.0.1 Incremental update None
Fall ‘13 6.0.2 Incremental update None
Spring ‘14 6.1.0 Minor release “Leo”
2015 Update 7.0.0 Major release “Vega”
2015 Update 1 7.1.0 Minor release “Carina”

The following table shows CRM (on-premises) product names with their associated version numbers and code names.

Product NameVersion
Descriptor
Version
Number
Release or
Update
Code
Name
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 6.0.0 Major release “Orion”
2013 UR1 6.0.1 Incremental update None
2013 UR2 6.0.2 Incremental update None
2013 SP1 6.1.0 Minor release “Leo”
2015 7.0.0 Major release “Vega”
2015 Update 0.1 7.1.0 Incremental update None

We hope this blog demystifies naming conventions for CRM going forward!

 

Bryce Holmes
Content Developer
Microsoft Dynamics CRM
End User Team

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