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Experts Offer More Perspective on Microsoft Dynamics GP 12, Silverlight, and Windows 8

by Jason Gumpert

As first reported last week, while the Microsoft Windows team has clarified its position that the Windows 8 Metro mode will not support plug-ins, including Silverlight in Internet Explorer 10. But this change won't pose any disasters for the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 12 with its well known plans to roll out a Silverlight-based version of GP 12 in addition to the classic desktop client.  

The news is not exactly perfect timing for the Dynamics GP team, who are now under tight GP 12 development deadlines, and the discrepancy, especially around the Windows 8 hype, has led various GP experts to try to clarify to the matter.

Dynamics GP product manager Errol Schoenfish explained to us last week that the Silverlight client is moving ahead as planned and will be utilized from the Classic mode in Windows 8, which will reside alongside Metro and will still support browser plug-ins.

Several Dynamics GP experts have added their view of the Windows 8 outlook, including Dynamics GP product manager Jay Manley, who wrote on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog that the choice of Silverlight was a good one for GP 12.

"[W]e'll be using Silverlight 5 features as it ships, specifically Silverlight 5 has been architected to deeply support business application development far deeper than other similar toolsets... Metro-styled apps, with their "clean" interface and open feel, might not be the best interface for a business application that has deep functionality sets, complex transaction windows, and deep reporting requirements.  What is great about the Windows 8 operating system is that it supports multiple ...

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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