Dynamics CRM on Internet Explorer 8

May 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I have been running Windows 7 & IE8 for a while now on both my work & home laptops, and have to admit that like most others I really do love them both! So as you could imagine, I was very excited to hear on Friday the 20th that IE8 had finally been released so I immediately jumped onto the http://www.microsoft.com/ie site & downloaded IE8 for my CRM VPC! 🙂 For some reason, when I installed it, the option to open windows in new tabs was disabled. I am not 100 sure why this happened, bit I am guessing this is because the VPC had Internet Explorer 7 without the tabs enabled on it?

Anyway, whatever it was, I had to go in and enable tabs manually. I did this by going into Tools, Internet Options, selecting the Settings button under the Tabs section:

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Once in this section, tick the tick box at the top to enable Tabbed Browsing & then change which ever settings you like (I left it mostly as the default, but selected to Always open Pop-ups in a new Tab). Click Save to enable the multiple tabs. Close & re-open any Internet Explorer Windows you had open.

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So once this is installed & you have the tabs configured you get the following benefits:

  • Noticeable speed increase,
  • Take advantage of the ease of access to the built in developer tools,
  • Multi tab screens that can group all of your CRM windows together instead of having multiple pop ups, and colour code them based on the source address
  • Although this feature was available in 7 its one I still love & don’t see much about – its the option to quickly close all except the main tab by selecting it, and clicking to Close Other Tabs

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CRM has been thoroughly tested against Internet Explorer 8 as it was one of the beta test products and so now CRM is Officially supported application for IE8.

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