The Microsoft Dynamics Team have released the on premise and partner hosted software.
What is surprising is that this has been released 2 weeks early as the expectation was that it would be released in March.
What was also interesting is that this was the first major software release by Microsoft, to my knowledge, that went live in the cloud before on premise.
Now my supposition is that this was in part to show their deep commitment to the online platform and to send a clear message about their commitment to CRM online, but it had an additional advantage that they could ensure that all the performance tweaks that come with any new software could be monitored and checked in their own environments where they had control and performance monitoring tools available.
The good news I take from this early release is that the experience Microsoft has had has not had any nasty surprises and that the software will run as well onsite as in the cloud which is good news for all.