Welcome the year end edition of the Friday 5.  With the end of 2016, let’s focus on the most important stories of the year. With all the great changes that 2016 brought, I can hardly wait to see what is in store for us in 2017!

1 – The biggest change to Dynamics CRM in 2016

By far, the biggest change to CRM in the year 2016 was the transition from Microsoft Dynamics CRM to Dynamics 365.  With this transition came branding and pricing changes.  This article from CRMUG outlines all of the major changes.

2 -Looking Back At Microsoft Dynamics & CRM in 2016

Wow! What an amazing year of change and growth in the world of Microsoft Dynamics and CRM. In his article from the Preact Dynamics CRM Blog, Warren Butler gives his pick of some of the most significant events.

3- The 10 Biggest Microsoft Stories Of 2016

Microsoft entered 2016 with some pretty ambitious and lofty goals.  Under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, we saw some very smart business moves and investments.  I wonder what’s in store for next year? Read about some of the biggest Microsoft news stories.

4- Microsoft purchases LinkedIn for $26B

This past year, Microsoft made one of its boldest and smartest purchases.  Forbes has a great article discussing the real reason Microsoft purchased the highly influential social media company. Personally I think that 2017 will see many changes to Dynamics 365 centered around integration with LinkedIn data.

5- 2017 predictions for Microsoft Dynamics: Branding, leadership, upgrades, SMB partners, and more

2016 has been a good year for Microsoft. We have seen many great things from them this year.  MSDynamicsWorld gives us a brief synopsis of some of Microsoft’s business moves in 2016 and offers their predictions of the outcomes we will see in 2017.

6 – Bonus Story ( I guess we should have called this the Friday 6)

Last week we let you know about a survey from the folks at CRM Audio regarding the top Dynamics 365 CRM stories of the year. In their year end podcast they reveal the winners. Do you agree or disagree?

Wrapping up 2016

As always, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading enCloud9’s Friday 5.  We will be back next week- in the year 2017!  Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy ringing in the new year.  We hope 2017 is your best year ever!