Microsoft Prices CRM Online to Undercut Rivals

By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2008-04-22 Print this article Print

Microsoft rolls out its Dynamics CRM Online package with prices and options aimed at undercutting software-as-a-service leader

Playing catch-up in the on-demand customer relationship management market, Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with aggressive pricing and data storage options that seek to take business away from

Dynamics CRM Online is a full suite of on-demand sales, marketing and customer service applications along with business process automation and workflow automation, said Bill Patterson, Microsoft's director of product management for the online CRM package.

To try to entice customers to switch to Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft is undercutting's prices and offering more data storage capacity.

Microsoft is offering its on-demand CRM package in two editions. The Professional Edition offers 5GB of data storage, 100 configurable workflows and 100 custom entities at an introductory price of $39 per user per month through the end of 2008. The regular price after that is $44 per user per month. More details on pricing and options are available at Microsoft's Dynamics CRM Online Web site.

The Professional Plus Edition provides offline data synchronization along with 20GB of data storage, 200 configurable entities and 100 custom entities. This package is priced at $59 per user per month.

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In contrast,'s Professional Edition costs $65 per user per month and provides 1GB of storage.

More than 500 organizations have been using the product for nearly eight months as part of an early release program, Patterson said.

"For some of these businesses this is their first CRM system; for others, they are replacing other CRM investments such as" and Oracle's Siebel CRM On Demand package, Patterson said. Interest in the Microsoft product isn't limited to small and midsize businesses, he said, but departments and divisions within large enterprises are also showing an interest.

Patterson said the average deployment size is about 15 seats per customer but some of the larger sales in the pipeline are averaging about 27 seats per customer.

Microsoft has also been working with about 300 VARs on the product introduction and about 150 ISVs that are building industry vertical applications that run on top of CRM Online or software that integrates CRM Online with other applications.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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