In episode 13 of the “Inside Dynamics Communities” podcast, John Siefert, CEO, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, Ryan Gonzales, Senior Sales Director, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, and Pam Misialek, Community Director, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, break down the latest stories happening inside the Dynamics community.
In today’s episode, the hosts discuss a recent announcement from Microsoft relating to upcoming updates around Dynamics GP.
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00:17 — In the last few days, Microsoft released a letter called “The Updates to Microsoft On-Premises DPL Offers and Policies.” John explains that there were many things in this letter, but the thing that stands out the most is the updates around Dynamics GP. Specifically, as of April 1, 2026, there will be no new customer sales of Dynamics GP.
01:20 — Pam, who has been a part of the GP community for a long time, weighs in. For many years, there’s been fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Dynamics GP going away. Microsoft will continue to support GP existing customers, but no new net sales of the software will take place after April 1, 2026. Pam explains that people may interpret this to mean that Dynamics GP is going away. “It’s in writing now, which makes it a tough day.”
02:05 — John references the announcements that Microsoft made at Community Summit NA 2022 around Dynamics GP, which caused “angst and confusion” for many attendees. He asks Ryan to share his perspective on the matter. “It’s a bold statement. I think those that were in the space were kind of waiting for it,” says Ryan. It will be interesting to see what happens within the community, he notes. Is this an evolution of [ a part] of Microsoft’s business?
03:40 — “At a time when some of this stuff is happening for Microsoft, that’s a little concerning for the community,” notes John. Pam explains that Microsoft is also increasing the enhancement and subscription plans. Her advice to customers? Think about the long term.
05:01 — Ryan notes that many customers and partners he has spoken with have been preparing for this — to some extent. However, this will prompt other companies, like PowerGP Online, to “take the reigns.”
05:55 — John applauds the partners for their efforts around this announcement, but also emphasizes the intention of Dynamics Communities — by user, for user. “We’re instead serving this community and trying to help with education and connections and in the type of stuff that they can use to decrease the complexity of the system so they can deliver the results that our company needs,” he says, before adding that users shouldn’t be forced to make shifts that would disrupt their businesses.
07:36 — The hosts of Inside Dynamics Communities will be working with Dynamic GP UG Expert Kerry Hataley to outline the details of the update, as well as hosting “townhall type meetings” for users to join together to discuss these updates.
09:08 — Dynamics Communities is the space to come receive content, updates, and news around Dynamics GP. Additionally, there will be about 100 or so Dynamics GP sessions at Community Summit North America 2023.
10:56 — “Family. We’ll get through this together,” says Ryan, before adding that any users with questions or concerns can contact any of the “Inside Dynamics Communities” hosts.