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Management Reporter vs. FRx vs. Other - Our Opinion
Microsoft has removed FRx from the market.   This move impacts not only users of Dynamics software but also users of MAS 90, Lawson or any of the many other accounting software packages which rely on FRx as the Financial Statement report writer. 

The following is a copy of statements from Microsoft:

"Effective March 1, 2011, Microsoft FRx sales will no longer be available. Management Reporter will be the only option for Microsoft Dynamics GP customer’s financial reporting needs. Customers registered for Microsoft FRx prior to March 1, 2011 may continue to use Microsoft FRx, but will no longer be able to purchase additional users. Microsoft FRx will continue to be supported through the Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 product lifecycle, mainstream support ending 10/9/2012 and extended support ending 10/10/2017."

"Microsoft FRx 6.7 is not supported on a 64-bit version of Windows. Some parts of FRx 6.7 may work on 64-bit Windows because of the 32-bit compatibility layer (WoW64). However, this environment is not tested or supported. FRx 6.7 service pack 11 or later versions is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, but only with the 32-bit versions. Our recommendation is to install FRx 6.7 on a 32-bit version of Windows (client and server)."

So where does this leave you?   That depends on the accounting software you are using.   In the Dynamics GP world, you will be supported through the support life of Version 10.    But sometime between now and October 2012, you will need to make a decision.

Why did Microsoft replace FRx with Management Reporter?  It is our opinion that it was too much investment to fully move FRx into the 64bit operating systems.   Management Reporter also reflects a trend to rely more and more on the Microsoft sever stack.  

FRx is much more feature rich and functional than Management Reporter, making it preferred for the accounting staff and distribution of financial reports.    Management Reporter will be hailed by your IT staff as being much easier to support. 

So far, the clients we have shown Management Report to have elected to remain on FRx until something better is available.
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