I was able to install the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Outlook Client (version 188.8.131.529) on the just released Microsoft Surface Pro 2! I’m running the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Office Outlook with Offline Access. I can go offline and online just fine.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is an excellent option for the traveling professionals that don’t want to carry a full laptop and a tablet. Here are a few things I like about running the Microsoft CRM Outlook Client on the Surface Pro 2:
- It performs pretty well, speed wise is pretty decent. I think this is due to the 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i5 processor and the solid-state drive (SSD). I would recommend going with the Surface Pro 2 256GB or 512 GB model which comes with 8GB RAM instead of 4GB RAM that comes with the 64 or 128 GB model
- It is really, really portable. I’d used 2 pound laptops in the past, but this beats them hands down when it comes to being mobile friendly. I think this is mainly due to the Windows 8.1 tablet friendly touch design
- Full-size USB 3.0 support! This is so convenient. I mean I can use it for so many things such as connecting a USB to Ethernet adapter or to an external data storage
Please note: Per the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Implementation Guide as of this writing – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Windows 8.1 are not listed as supported. So you know what I’d say: For production rollout – only deploy Microsoft CRM on supported platforms! You will have less headaches this way in case you run into issues. Since the Surface Pro 2 was just released – I am pretty sure it will be added to the supported list fairly soon.