Microsoft stops developing Dynamics mobile

Partner-developed products will fill the gap, Redmond says

Microsoft has discontinued the mobile versions of its Dynamics ERP products.

The first mobile Dynamics product, Dynamics AX Mobile Sales, was introduced in 2007 and let sales staff remotely place and track orders, query sales histories and manage advertising campaigns from Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft also offered development tools for businesses to build their own mobile offerings based on Dynamics.

At the time, Microsoft said it planned to extend other products in the Dynamics family to mobile devices.

A recent blog post said that mobile access for Dynamics AX and Dynamics NAV has been discontinued.

The software giant appears to have begun sending notes out to users earlier this month. It said that third parties have enabled great mobile applications for Dynamics and that "due to the broad availability of partner-developed mobile solutions built on these or similar technologies, we have made a strategic decision to discontinue the current development of Microsoft Dynamics Mobile," according to the note, which has been posted online by various customers.

The note also said that no future updates to the product will be provided and it won't be sold past August 31 2010. Websites for the products are still live.

Microsoft has discontinued a number of products in the past year. Between October 2008 and June 2009, it had stopped selling or scaled back development on at least 12 products, says Matt Rosoff, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft. Other discontinued products include Money and Equipt. Microsoft did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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