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OFF-TOPIC: Windows 10 and Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) Issues (UPDATE)

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This is my first post from Perth, WA. It’s been an excellent journey and so far so good. More about my Perth life later.

This is something that I never experienced before. When you download any file from PartnerSource or CustomerSource, Microsoft would let you do that only through it’s File Transfer Manager program. If you have that installed already, any download initiation would first invoke this program and then let you set the path/folder to take in that download and etc.

However, when I tried to do that from my new Windows 10 machine, the FTM did not open. I tried to figure that out, but later remembered this same issue happening on my Windows 8.1 machine.

Basically, from Windows 8.1, for some reason, calling the FTM from Internet Explorer worked only on a 32 bit Internet Explorer.

Looks like Microsoft has not fixed that yet. If you are wondering why your FTM…

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October 5, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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It’s official, say hello to David Musgrave MVP!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have been involved with the Great Plains / Microsoft Dynamics GP Community for many years and for much of that time I have been friends with some of the most knowledgeable and helpful people in the community.

A number of these friends have been recognised by Microsoft for their contributions by being awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status.

Many people have been surprised to find out that even though I usually hang out with the Dynamics GP MVPs, I was not actually a MVP. That said, I was usually treated as an honourary MVP and invited to MVP events. Thank-you for the unofficial recognition.

The issue was that a Microsoft Employee cannot be a MVP and I had been a Microsoft Employee for 13.5 years starting not long after Microsoft acquired Great Plains.

In October 2014, I left Microsoft and restarted my consulting business as Winthrop Development Consultants.

A number of the MVPs and also people in Microsoft immediately nominated me for MVP status, however as the MVP award is based on the contribution to the community made over the previous 12 months, I was not eligible until I had been out of Microsoft for at least a year.

Today is October 2015 and 12 months have passed since I left Microsoft and I am very proud to say that it is now official. I received the email today confirming that I have been awarded MVP status.


Dear David Musgrave,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Dynamics GP technical communities during the past year.

Thank you to everyone who nominated me and to the people who approved my nomination. It is great to be recognised for the work I do and I feel very proud to now be able to say that I am part of an elite group of people….

The Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs


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October 1, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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GP 2010 Mainstream Support Ends Soon

All GP customers, ISVs, VARs and consultants should bear in mind that GP 2010 mainstream support ends on October 13, 2015.

Extended support runs till 2020, however it is strongly advised to upgrade your GP to most recent version (or a higher version on which your other modules/add-ons are compatible with).

You may want to bookmark this complete support schedule on Microsoft’s portal: Microsoft Support Lifecycle – Dynamics GP.


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September 29, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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Friday Funny: What is Cricket?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from last Friday’s post: Friday Funny: What is AFL? Aussie Rules Explained, I thought it would be worth posting something about Australia’s favourite Summer sport…. Cricket.

Cricket is played all over the world but predominately in countries with an English heritage as it is the Brits who invented the sport.

The following video provides a good 5 minute introduction to the sport of Cricket and its various forms.

Cricket World Cup 2015 – What is Cricket and Overview All World Cup (direct link)




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September 25, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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#reIMAGINE2015 – Getting There

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Starting with a taxi ride at 3:00am Friday morning to the airport, my 31.5 hour journey to Fargo, North Dakota, USA for the reIMAGINE 2015 conference began.

This trip is the longest I have had in the US as I will be staying until the GPUG Summit 2015 conference in Reno.

My flights were uneventful, I watched too many movies (8 movies and 1 music concert) and did not sleep enough. I flew from Perth to Sydney (4 hours), Sydney to Dallas (15.5 hours), Dallas to Fargo (3 hours). The only downside was a long transit time in Dallas where I spent about 4 hours snoozing.

Once I got to Fargo (at 9:30pm Fargo Time), I was disappointed to find that the spread of Minions had got here was well. They seem to be taking over the world and one day they will turn on us and become our masters. :-)


Once I got to the hotel, I unpacked my stash of Australian yummy treats and Vegemite. This trip I have even more as I have 3 events to go to (the two conferences and Dexterity training in Mexico). I then went to bed to get some well deserved sleep.


The reIMAGINE 2015 conference is being held at the Convention Center attached to the Hilton Garden Inn with most of the attendees staying at Garden Inn or the Home2 Suites next door. I went out on Saturday morning to get some photos during daylight.

In the photo below, you can see the Convention Center to the left of the main building.


I am staying at the Home2 Suites next door.


The view from my room window shows the cross walk that takes you straight to the Convention Center.

Convention Centre

Looking forward with catching up with my friends as they start arriving on Saturday afternoon.

Next update from Fargo soon.


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September 20, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap and User Interface Design

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, I read a couple of articles by my fellow bloggers in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community and wanted to highlight them as well as add some of my own thoughts.

The first article was from Tim Wappat at Dynamic Code Blocks. It was a summary of the sneak peak at Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and its HTML 5 web client at a meeting in London, UK.

The article, GP2016, looking sweet in HTML5 gives some insight into the upcoming HMTL 5 web client as well as other new features for GP 2016 and beyond. Have a read of the article to get the latest info.

There is also an updated roadmap slide which I expect to be expanded upon at next week’s reIMAGINE 2015 conference.


The second article from Steve Endow on the Dynamics GP Land blog is a follow up on Tim’s post and is a commentary on the Hamburger menu icon. If you use mobile apps (smartphone or tablet) you would probably have seen this 3 horizontal bars icon appearing more and more.

On readimg Steve’s article: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 should go meatless you will discover that this navigation model does not work and has a negative impact on application usage. The hamburger menu is not intuitive and people don’t like it. Make sure you read the articles referenced by Steve and you can see that more and more companies are moving away from the hamburger menu and the usage data confirms that decision is the way to go.

So, now I can add my thoughts to the issue with mobile user interface design.

As the screen sizes of modern mobile devices seems to be continuously growing, phones are becoming harder and harder to use one handed. My current phone (Lumia 925 Windows Phone) has a 4.5″ screen and it is already impossible for me to get to the top left corner of the screen (I am right handed). This was never much of an issue as Windows Phone had its menus at the bottom of the screen and used an ellipse (…) button on the right hand bottom corner to signify that more menu choices were available.

As the hamburger menu paradigm is becoming more common with the button usually in the top left corner and the screen sizes are getting bigger, it is becoming harder and harder to use the apps.

Recently I saw a feature which would shrink your screen down to the bottom half of your device to make it easier to use one handed. This then leaves the top half of the screen blank and unused. To me this feature is not one of added flexibility, but a feature necessary due to bad user interface design.

Windows Phone had so many great features and with its desire to be more like Android and iOS, we are inheriting the bad user interface design of the competitive products.

Get rid of the hamburger AND keep all navigation at the bottom of the screen for handheld devices.



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September 19, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Second Meeting

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOn Tuesday night, the Perth GPUG Chapter had its second meeting.

The meeting was held at the Perth Microsoft Office from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. We started with some socialising with a drink and pizza.

The number of attendees was down a little from out first meeting, but some of the people who wanted to attend were unable to due to other commitments or sickness and injury. Get well soon Michael Z and Robert G.

During the meeting we did not get through all the planned materials, but we had some great discussions about Microsoft Dynamics GP and its history as well as the best methods to sell and support the product.

Kate Sexstone presented on the benefits of GPUG Academy and the various certifications offered by the program.

Another highlight for me was to finally meet fellow blogger, Vaidy Mohan, who has just moved to Perth to work with a local partner. We have been chatting online for many years, but had not been able to meet in person until now.


Thanks to Michelle (our host) and Katherine & Robin (office admins) from Microsoft who help make the meeting happen.

The next meeting is planned for 8th December 2015 5pm to 7:30pm at the Microsoft Office.

If you are a customer in Western Australia, we would love to see you at the next meeting.

Click here to register. Also click for the Perth Chapter’s Collaborate Forum.


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September 17, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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