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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2015 Update 1 includes a number of terrific technical improvements including faster page loads, improved application performance, and faster email delivery. One noticeable feature is the new Form Rendering Engine. This enhancement loads CRM pages faster so you can view data on the forms quickly.
Users and administrators should be aware of the impact the new engine may have on their customizations and may need to consider enabling the "Legacy Form Rendering" setting if they encounter script errors due to the new form rendering engine. In today's blog we will focus on the specifics of the new Form Rendering Engine and give you some tips and tricks for working with it! Let's get started!
Here are a few of the benefits of the new Form Rendering Engine:
The tricky thing for users and administrators has to do with unsupported customizations or direct DOM manipulations which will possibly fail and need to be re-engineered. The following are examples of when this might occur:
We recommend formally testing any scripts, solutions, and customizations in a sandbox to ensure proper functionality AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. To assist with testing and in order to prevent errors from going unnoticed, Microsoft has added a dialog box that will display the following error message should a script error occur:
The following two options are recommended when identifying potential issues:
Under Settings -> System Settings -> General tab, select Yes for "Use legacy form rendering" as shown in the images below.
Note: this is a temporary measure, as this functionality is expected to be removed by Microsoft in the next CRM release. All the more reason to update any broken script immediately to avoid problems in the future.
So, enjoy the technical updates in the Spring 2015 Update 1, including faster loading pages, but incorporate a backup plan for those scripts, solutions and customizations that error out during loading process. If you want to learn more about CRM 2015 and other features of the Spring Update, check out our website!
Thanks for stopping by our blog today, and as always, happy CRM'ing!