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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Portal: Updates accelerate in the October 2018 release and beyond

by Nicholas Hayduk
Owner, Engineered Code Consulting

Since the acquisition of Adxstudio in 2015, Microsoft has been steadily adding new features to the Dynamics 365 Portal product. With the October ’18 release, Microsoft can now check off two more top requests from their list, SharePoint and Power BI integrations, to the delight of Portal administrators everywhere. And, with the confirmation that Portal will soon be available for Common Data Service (CDS) environments that are not using the Dynamics 365 applications, the future of Portal has never been brighter.

Adxstudio Portals Now Officially End-of-life

As of August 1, 2018, Adxstudio Portals v7 is now officially no longer supported by Microsoft. While many implementations using this version still exist out there, it’s recommended that anyone in that situation evaluate their options. It’s only a matter of time until a breaking change occurs that will make it impossible to use version 7 with the latest version of Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement. If you haven’t done so already, please see our previous article on this topic.

Portal and the October ’18 Release

When Microsoft published the overview of the October ’18 release in the summer, we were excited to see an entire section devoted to Dynamics 365 Portal.

The feature most people are talking about is the SharePoint integration because it’s the one that has been the most requested since the launch of version 8. Part of the reason is that version 7 of Adxstudio Portals did include SharePoint integration, but it was removed after the acquisition.

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About Nicholas Hayduk

Nicholas Hayduk is a licensed Professional Engineer, and the owner of Engineered Code Consulting Inc., a firm that specializes in Adxstudio/CRM Portals implementations for Microsoft Dynamics CRM/365. Having worked with the product since it's infancy, Engineered Code engages with both customers and partners to ensure the success of their CRM Portals implementations. Customers appreciate working with a smaller company that gets results quickly and efficiently, and can bridge the gap between business and technology. Partners value working with a firm that can be flexible to accommodate their project requirements, whether it's training their internal staff, resource augmentation, or the complete end-to-end delivery of a project. For more information, please visit, or you can check out Nicholas' blog at