The Changing Landscape for
Dynamics CRM and Web Portals

Dynamics CRM Partners have a lot of change to deal with and sifting through the options available with Dynamics 365 can be an overwhelming task.

The current options for Dynamics CRM and Dynamics 365 Portals are The Portal Connector and Microsoft Portals.  The portal solution you choose will largely depend on the complexity of the solution your customers need.

For basic Profile or Case Management needs, Microsoft Portals may be the right choice.  But remember, each new Portal from Microsoft requires another license and if you need to customize or modify the portals make sure you have a developer handy.

Customers needs are seldom simple.  They often have complex needs to complement their complex business processes.  That is why you need a portal solution that is completely and easily configurable and customizable.  That is why you need The Portal Connector.

A very common question we get is "How are you different than Microsoft Portals?"

It can be tricky to compare apples to apples when two products take such a different approach to a common business need.

Here are the key comparisons between The Portal Connector and Microsoft Portals.  Not all features are compared below, that would just be too long a list.  If you want a more detailed comparison, please contact us for a live demonstration and discussion.

Note that The Portal Connector is the only portal product available that is still being developed for all versions of Dynamics CRM 2011+ and Dynamics 365.

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The Portal Connector Dynamics 365 Portals
Dynamics CRM Version Support
  • CRM 2011
  • CRM 2013
  • CRM 2015
  • CRM 2016
  • CRM Online
  • CRM Online 2016 Update 1
  • ADXstudio portals is no longer available for general purchase
Dynamics 365 Version Support
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition
  • Planned Support for Dynamics 365 Business Edition when released
  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition
  • No plans for Dynamics 365 Business Edition as of June 2017
Portal Hosting Options

Portal can be hosted anywhere.

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Third party provider
  • Customer On-Premise
  • Microsoft Azure
Portal Support and Training for Partners
  • Live One-on-one training for Partners
  • Live Daily Q & A sessions
  • Community support forum
  • Technical and configuration documents

Microsoft Support

  • Differs based on paid support plan
  • Community support forum
  • Technical and configuration documents
Production vs. Dev/Test/UAT Licenses
  • 1 Production Domain
  • Unlimited Non-Production Domains
  • 1 Production Domain
Ecommerce
  • Point and click configuration
  • 6 Payment Processors pre-configured
  • Multi-currency
  • Tax Sets
  • Not available as of June 2017
Multi-Lingual
  • 140+ Languages Supported
  • Right to Left Supported
  • Language Cultures
  • Multi-lingual Picklists
  • Multi-Byte Character Languages
  • 43 Languages Supported
  • Multi-Byte Character Languages