Every potential Microsoft CRM customer wants to see a demo before they purchase the software and we're more than happy to oblige via a LiveMeeting. However, some prospects just want to "play with" the software on their own time. Now of course they can download the 90-day trial version or even use the virtual PC image that Microsoft provides. Unfortunately this still requires prospects to spend some time installing the software and procurring the appropriate hardware...so many people don't go through this effort.
Well we have some good news for people looking for a quick and easy test drive of Microsoft CRM. Microsoft now offers LIVE CRM DEMO SERVERS free of charge at http://mscrm.demoservers.com!
After you register at this website, you can evaluate live Microsoft CRM demos within a hands-on lab environment.
Microsoft CRM DemoLab
Welcome to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Virtual Labs! The Microsoft CRM Virtual Labs allow you to quickly try and evaluate Microsoft CRM 3.0 through a series of guided, hands-on labs which can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Each lab has been created to demonstrate Microsoft CRM 3.0's rich system components that enable your business to quickly deploy, customize and use Microsoft CRM within your organization.
To begin, start by selecting the type of module you want from the list below:
Design, customize and add entire new features to the Microsoft CRM application – all without writing a single line of custom programming. In this lab, you will explore how to design the Microsoft CRM system so that it truly fits the way your business works.
Empower your service professionals with quick-access to entire customer relationships. Equip your service teams with service entitlement, access to a central knowledge base repository and innovative resource scheduling to ensure that your organization delivers the highest degrees of service to your customers.
Standardize, simplify and automate your business workflows through an intuitive, easy-to-use workflow designer. In this lab, you will learn how to quickly deploy automated system workflows that allow your business to save time and money when working with customers.
Stay one-step ahead of the competition. Designed from the ground-up to help your sales organization to sell more effectively, Microsoft CRM 3.0 introduces enhanced contact management, opportunity management and sales activity tracking to help your sales professionals be more productive.
Use Microsoft CRM 3.0’s revolutionary marketing functionality plan, target, implement and measure your marketing activities like never before. Built from the ground-up to help you be a better marketer, Microsoft CRM 3.0 will help you find new revenue streams for your organization.
When you select a demo lab, the website instantly creates a fully functional demo server of Microsoft CRM that you can access through a web browser (via an ActiveX control)! On the demo server, you can follow the steps specified in the demo labs, or just click around and check out Microsoft CRM 3.0. The demo server appears to be almost identical to the Virtual PC version of Microsoft CRM (complete with SharePoint, Outlook, demo data, etc.) but you don't have to worry about setting it and installing it! Someone else did all the hard work for you.
The demo server times out after 1 hour, but of course you can try all of the different labs so prospects should have plenty of time to "play with" Microsoft CRM at their convenience.
Be sure to check this amazing service out!
(The fact that Microsoft offers this service for free is shocking to me?!)