Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 to support Azure hosting, planned for April 2014

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Fred Studer at Convergence EMEA 2013 

At Convergence EMEA 2013 today in Barcelona, Microsoft announced that Dynamics AX 2012 R3, the next update for its enterprise ERP solution, is planned for April 2014 and will be supported for deployment in Windows Azure via infrastructure as a service (IaaS).  The company also shared that it remains on track to deliver the next major version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, also known as Rainier, on-premises and as a public cloud service offering.


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Waiting for the next update

Dynamics AX was most recently updated in December 2012 with Dynamics AX 2012 R2. A notifiable feature is the next update will be sold as on premise and as cloud service. We knew that NAV and GP have been available as windows azure solution from june. And we hope AX azure solution will be as successful as NAV and GP. Microsoft has mentioned about touch optimized smart phone apps last Thursday. What do you think about that?