Get Ready for the CRM 2011 Cross-Browser Upgrade

You may or may not be aware that the long awaited CRM 2011 "R8/UR9/Q2-2012" upgrade is just around the corner – Much of the work that went into updating CRM in this release was to enable cross-browser support.  (yay!)

For a while we’ve known that existing 4.0-style code (crmForm.*) would need to be upgraded to the CRM 2011 style (XRM.*) code.  But until recently, the common assumption was that all 4.0-style code would continue to work in IE after the upgrade – but that’s not entirely accurate. – Some 4.0 style code will need to be updated in order to make it compatible with this upgrade - even in IE.

The Custom Code Validation Tool

The CRM Engineering / Support team recently released a tool to evaluate the code in a CRM environment for compatibility post R8.  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2012/06/21/microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-custom-code-validation-tool-released.aspx

Follow the directions in the post to load the solution into your environment. Once you’ve loaded it into your CRM environment and you can access it directly via a URL like this – https://MyOrg.crm.dynamics.com//WebResources/msxb_/CustomCodeValidationTool.html

The navigation/interface is horrible, but the information it produces is really good.

In environments I’ve reviewed, I’ve seen a limited number of IE-breaking changes – But I see quite a few changes that will need to be updated in order to get CRM working in Chrome, and on iPads etc.

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Conclusion

For more information on upgrading scripts to support R9 – please see this post - http://blog.customereffective.com/blog/2012/05/cross-browser-compatibility-in-crm-2011-r8-q2-2012.html

Let us know if you’ve found this information helpful – your comments are appreciated.
@ScottSewell, Customer Effective

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