What a morning this has been! I started my day with what was supposed to be another monthly NAV Directions webinar from Microsoft at 7:00AM Pacific. Sure, I knew that Paul White and Kristi Hofer were going to share a strategic update on Dynamics NAV, but I figured it would be “for your eyes only” type of information that we wouldn’t be able to share with anyone on social media.
The call was all shock and awe, at least as far as I was concerned. After the product demonstration and information for partners came the news: Oh, by the way, the Preview is going live TODAY at 8:30AM Pacific and will be announced to partners, clients and prospects at 9:30AM Pacific.
Even as the announcement was being made, I decided to try my luck with the URL in the demonstration, and it worked! A good hour before it was supposed to be available, I was already set up and running the Project Madeira Preview! And if you are in the United States, you can try it too.
Simply go to http://madeira.microsoft.com and click on “Try the preview”, and follow the instructions to get started. For more detailed instructions, check out our blog post on Getting Started with Project “Madeira” Preview and First Impressions.
Project “Madeira” is not Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and it will not replace NAV. Yes, it is similar to Dynamics NAV in many ways, but it is a separate product.
General Availability is expected in the second half of 2016 in the United States. Support for other countries will soon follow. The Preview that has rolled out today is also only available in the United States at the moment.
It is a true SaaS (Software as a Service) offering from Microsoft on Azure similar to Dynamics CRM Online or Power BI, optimized for SMBs with 10-99 employees, and it is completely managed by Microsoft.