Probably you all heard about the initiative from Microsoft to create a new Edge browser based on the Chromium open source project. Microsoft has a Microsoft Edge Insider program. I was wondering if the new browser would work together with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations already. While exploring the option of this browser, I found two new features which will help users and professionals working with Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Microsoft Edge Insider
When you are interested yourself, you can also become a Microsoft Edge Insider. You can find all relevant information on the Microsoft Edge Insider website. You can read about what’s new and download a trial version. In my experience, the browser is stable enough for me to use it daily. I have also provided some feedback to Microsoft. The fun part of that is that you get response when they will look into your feedback. I have chosen to use the Dev Channel where new developments will be update weekly.
NEW MICROSOFT EDGE FEATURES
Now about the two new features which are really helpful when you work as a user with Microsoft Dynamics 365 as a user or as professional. Below, you will find some introduction. At the bottom of this blog post, you will find a YouTube video with a demo of both features:
- You can now install any URL as an App.
You can for example install the production and acceptance environments as apps. When you have done that, you can start the application just like any application on your Windows 10 device without starting the web browser and type the URL or start it from a bookmark or favorite.
Also as consultant or developer, you can install each different environment as an app. Don’t forget about the environment pages in LCS. You can also create an app for them.
- You can manage multiple users within the new Microsoft Edge browser.
This will be helpful if you have to manage multiple login accounts for Microsoft Dynamics 365 environments. When you are a consultant and need to login on multiple customer environments, you can now create a profile per user. Then you are able to switch easy between users and the environments. Namely pre-sales consultants can benefit from this by creating a profile per persona. They are able to show multiple scenarios in their demonstrations per persona limited features part of a certain security role. This reminds me on an earlier blog, where I provided an option to easy setup the Contoso Demo users in your own tenant. This feature is also available in the Google Chrome browser.
I have created a video to show you how you can use the new features. You can watch it below. When you like my video’s, don’t forget to subscribe to my Dynamicspedia YouTube channel.
Like a charm?
Not all features in the new Edge browser are working like a charm. When you want to edit a workflow or financial report, the one-click installation is not working. This is the same behavior as today with the Google Chrome browser. Rachel Profit did create a blog post how it can be solved with help of a browser extension. I have not invested in the extensions for the Chromium based Edge browser yet.
Update: How to use browser extensions for e.g. opening the workflow editor is described in this blog: How to open the workflow editor with the new Microsoft Edge browser.
I do hope you liked this post and will add value for you in your daily work as a professional. If you have related questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to use the Comment feature below.
That’s all for now. Till next time!
Great presentation and extremely useful for us D365 consultants on multiple projects! One suggestion: You might point out that you will need to add the extensions for EACH profile. A bit more effort up-front but a lot of efficiency gained later. Thank You very much!
Thanks for reading my blog and your comment. I do assume you are referring to the ClickOnce extension for opening e.g. the workflow editor? Indeed this is a setting per profile. At the time of writing, I had not tested it for multiple profiles. Thanks for pointing out.