Enhanced Reporting - A number of improvements are in store for how you work with, build and use reports. First of all, Crystal Reports gets an upgrade. We are upgrading the Crystal Reports engine. We are also improving how you work with your favorite reports. More details about reporting and ad-hoc reporting as we get closer to the release.
Improved Dashboards - Earlier this year we released three new dashboard widgets. We will roll up the dashboard widgets into 8.1. The new widgets extend the capabilities of the Saleslogix dashboard so that you can pull data in to your personalized view. Data can come from RSS feeds, SData, and web pages. The new web page widget is a great way to embed "micro-sites" for corporate portals, FAQs and training material.
Better Integration with your Office Apps - We are upgrading a number of capabilities and features for how we integrate with desktop applications. Outlook integration gets a new sync engine. With a new engine we are able to support more types of integration. The new sync engine will replace Intellisync and is based on our multi-year research and development efforts to bring sync to a whole new level and set the bar for next-generation sync engines. Along with Outlook, we will introduce Google Apps integration. Both desktop integration will include the ability to exchange email, contacts, tasks and activities. Other features include 64-bit Office and Browser support for most desktop features and server-side export to Excel.
Enhanced Browser Support - Another big news item for 8.1 is that the Web Client will officially support Chrome and Safari as well as current versions of Firefox. As browsers continue to lock down their architectures to better secure our desktop, we are moving away from desktop installed components and leveraging server-side services. If a tighter integration is required for the desktop, Internet Explorer will be our platform for future desktop integration plug-ins.
Mobile gets Charts, KPIs and a Fresh New Look - The team has been busy putting together an updated look and feel for Mobile. The new mobile client leverages all of the great work by the behind-the-scenes Saleslogix platform team and brings you to a whole new way to work with your Saleslogix data. You will need to see it to believe it. If you are not smiling after seeing a demo of mobile, the new KPIs and charting will at least make you say "this is so cool!"
More information to come your way as we approach the Fall 8.1 release date.