Good news for all USD fans …. Version 3.0 has just been released.
The download process is simple, as always. Below you can see that I have opted to download the package deplorer and the latest 64 bit client. (I don’t use the 32 bit client!)
Having completed the initial download, I opted to upgrade my client first. The client install was also a straight forward process. Although I did get a warning about needing to re-start my laptop! I guess this could be avoided by ensuring all the latest windows patches are applied and you have done a reboot before you start. (A quick reboot immediately solved this issue for me.)
When I tried the second time the client install was a much more straight forward process. Notice that I had USD already installed and it was being upgraded to version 3.0.
I installed the client first for a reason! As I wanted to check that the latest client will worek for the older version of USD. Meaning you could upgrade you clients first and then do the server components later if required.
Following this test, I can confirm the version 3.0 client worked with my older USD solutions installed on the server. (FYI: Including still logging into Live Assist from CafeX.)
Next I turned my attention to the server install. Again a simple process. Simply run the package deployer, using the forth option!
The upgrade of my server components took 15 minutes. Just long enough for me to drink my morning brew! You can see below that my USD solutions were updated as shown below.
I haven’t had time to test out the new features of USD, yet! But they include;
Ease of configuration for diagnostic settings
Admins can now configure audit and diagnostics in the solution. I particularly like the sound of being able to use “Ctrl-Alt-A” to generate on demand diagnostics.
Jaws Reader Support for Accessibility
Accessibility is a priority for Microsoft! Adding Jaws reading support continues the theme of making USD a more accessible product.
Developers can configure a PreFetch option on CRM hosted controls, thus speeding the opening of sessions etc.
A RunAsync option is available to allow “CreateEntity” action to run without blocking other actions.
Improve agent productivity by configuring shortcuts for toolbar buttons.
The debugger has been enhanced to provide supporting, rep[ay and clear options.
As I say, I haven’t tested out all of the new features. Yet! But I will soon and I will blog about any exciting results I obtain.
So far I have found no issues with this upgrade and would recommend this upgrade to all USD users.