Microsoft releases three new IT and enterprise Windows 8 apps

While Microsoft spends a lot of time promoting its consumer oriented Bing apps for Windows 8, the company has also released a number of Modern apps for the OS meant for enterprise and IT users that perhaps don't get as much attention. In the past couple of weeks, the company has launched three new apps for those customers in the Windows Store.

One of those new app releases is Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which requires a link to a PC running Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. Microsoft's notes for the app claim that it will help business customers stay on top of their operations while on the go, by tracking sales performance of products with charts and graphics, calling up customer data and listing any contacts and leads from the dashboard. The app also supports pinning specific information to the Windows 8 Start screen.

Another new app, made more for IT workers, is Lync 2013 PreCall Diagnostics, which requires a Lync account. This app lets users check out the current state of their network to make sure that a Lync call or meeting can go through. They can run a test in On Demand mode to check out the network's performance for a longer period of time. The app offers graphics to show the status of a Lync network with indicators that show things like Network MOS, Packet Loss and Interarrival Jitter.

Finally, IT workers who want to sit back and learn more about Microsoft's products can check out the TechNet Edge Show app for Windows 8. The app allows users to access the weekly web video show which offers technical tutorials and information on software like Windows Server, Windows Azure, System Center, Hybrid Cloud, and People Centric IT.

Source: Windows Store (1, 2 and 3) | Images via Microsoft

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I don't really use these products but I can pretend like I do and pee on them, It is just the kind of guy I am. Next I'm going to nock down an old lady.

The CRM app is very useful, obviously only for CRM users (and any comments about it being bad because of this are simply mindless foolery).

The first app might be quite useful for Microsoft CRM users. But the second app is not only unuseful but also feels cheap and third-party made. And the third app is basically the same as Channel9, but restricted...

Dark black background and voilet text. That is the ugliest POS. This is not modern design but a design of dinosaur era.

Auditor said,
Dark black background and voilet text. That is the ugliest POS. This is not modern design but a design of dinosaur era.

It reminds me of the colours available on XTree Gold and Quattro Pro...

Auditor said,
Dark black background and voilet text. That is the ugliest POS. This is not modern design but a design of dinosaur era.

Violet text? I see violet graphs, but no text.

TCLN Ryster said,
Dark black? Isn't the first word there redundant?

Depends on what point in the spectrum you consider grey to become black.

I hope MS have some killer apps to roll following 8.1 and that the Facebook app will be available at the same time as the OS update.

Have to agree, and two off them would likely be better off referred to as plug-in apps since they have the requirement of an existing MS product.

This is terrible even as a prototype much less a finished product. If they want to be taken seriously stuff like this should never see the light of day. There is nothing "modern" about it either.

Obry said,
How uninteresting

Do you use CRM at all? if not how would it be interesting?

I feel this is the kind of news Neowin should avoid, as its user base in general is simply not using the enterprise side of MS enough to even know how to form an opinion on any of it.

How many of you know about Navision, AX or GP? The massive enterprise ERP tools from MS, CRM is part of the family (Dynamics xx) but it dips its toes into the smaller company sizes also.

My friend is a Nav consultant, and he manages a NZV contract with BASF worth £2 million per year in support alone! Its massive money and massive companies - you really have no idea about this side of MS.

Completely agree, this is the wrong site for this type of news. It's all about kiddies wanting the latest beta and a 'facebook app' .... expand your horizons people, there is more to MS than consumer stuff!

duddit2 said,

Do you use CRM at all? if not how would it be interesting?

I feel this is the kind of news Neowin should avoid, as its user base in general is simply not using the enterprise side of MS enough to even know how to form an opinion on any of it.

How many of you know about Navision, AX or GP? The massive enterprise ERP tools from MS, CRM is part of the family (Dynamics xx) but it dips its toes into the smaller company sizes also.

My friend is a Nav consultant, and he manages a NZV contract with BASF worth £2 million per year in support alone! Its massive money and massive companies - you really have no idea about this side of MS.

You sound angry. Maybe you need to get laid more.

That being said, I wasn't commenting on the type of apps these are but on the aesthetics and how pathetic they look. Enterprise oriented or not, in today's age software needs to look good too - not just work good. The DOS days are long gone and if Microsoft is going to stomp around beating their chests about with how "modern" their software is then they need to lead the way and if this is the fruit of their loins then they are doing a terrible job. Just because something is geared toward the enterprise market doesn't automatically need to be boring and ill designed. Anyone who proclaims otherwise needs to get fired and find work in a non IT line of business.

And for your information, I'm a software developer who primarily builds line of business applications so I'm quite well aware of Microsoft's enterprise side of the world. Thank you for your quick judgment though. Shows how intelligent and open minded you are (/s).

Obry said,

You sound angry. Maybe you need to get laid more.

That being said, I wasn't commenting on the type of apps these are but on the aesthetics and how pathetic they look. Enterprise oriented or not, in today's age software needs to look good too - not just work good. The DOS days are long gone and if Microsoft is going to stomp around beating their chests about with how "modern" their software is then they need to lead the way and if this is the fruit of their loins then they are doing a terrible job. Just because something is geared toward the enterprise market doesn't automatically need to be boring and ill designed. Anyone who proclaims otherwise needs to get fired and find work in a non IT line of business.

And for your information, I'm a software developer who primarily builds line of business applications so I'm quite well aware of Microsoft's enterprise side of the world. Thank you for your quick judgment though. Shows how intelligent and open minded you are (/s).


Not angry, I was just making a point and not just in reply to your post, reading through the comments I could see a theme growing. The CRM app has been anticipated for a while along with GP and AX apps, they are very nice, reporting is fluid and very modern and the UI is very easy to navigate, this single screenshot doesn't do it justice.

The screenshot of the lync app that's mainly for admins isn't an issue, as its mainly for admins or the odd user to use if they have issues with Lync, not to use it day to day.