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Overview of Dynamics 365 Business Central October ’18 release

With the October ’18 release, Dynamics 365 Business Central is available in the cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid deployments. Pick your flavor of Business Central, or use your existing on-premises solution of Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, or Dynamics SL and connect to the cloud through Business Central.

Business Central partners get a portal to facilitate their interactions with customers and to manage the lifecycle of their applications and customizations. Business users get a further streamlined and refreshed user experience with many productivity improvements, facilitating heavy transactional users. The service is also going through a hardening process, with much improved resiliency, robustness, and performance across the application.

Download the October ’18 Release Notes PDF

Summary of what’s new in Dynamics 365 Business Central

This topic lists the features planned for release in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central between October 2018 and March 2019.

Feature Release type Target release month
Productivity features for desktop users General Availability October 2018
Accessibility features for desktop users General Availability October 2018
Refreshed experience on major desktop screens General Availability October 2018
Business Central everywhere General Availability October 2018
Combined mobile/companion app for Business Central General Availability October 2018
Enhanced Power BI embed experience General Availability October 2018
Permission sets are editable General Availability October 2018
Tenant administration for VARs General Availability October 2018
Improved Visual Studio Code AL experience General Availability October 2018
Localization apps and translation apps General Availability October 2018
Intelligent edge for Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, and Dynamics NAV General Availability October 2018
Additional productivity features for desktop users Unscheduled
Refreshed experience on additional desktop screens Unscheduled

Business Central everywhere – cloud, hybrid, and on-premises availability

Business Central gets an on-premises deployment option that serves as a successor to Dynamics NAV. In other words, rather than a new version number for Dynamics NAV, customers can get Business Central on-premises. The experience for partners and customers on-premises is no different from the familiar Dynamics NAV upgrades, except for the change in name. This is a convergence point for Dynamics SMB products—going forward, they are all considered customers of Business Central, in the cloud or on-premises, even if they are running differently branded products such as Dynamics SL, Dynamics GP, and older versions of Dynamics NAV.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/business-central-everywhere

High productivity user experience

Get more work done with productivity features such as filtering of lists and totals, and copy and paste. With a host of new keyboard shortcuts to accelerate your business tasks, and improved keyboard navigation throughout, Business Central is ready to support the diverse needs of your workforce. Get to your data faster with improved search for pages, reports, and Help documentation.

Business users get a fresh and modern experience in all main screens of Business Central. Whether you are accessing your data from the browser or the Windows 10 desktop app, you will experience a consistently smooth, intuitive, and modern interface as you transition across role centers, lists, worksheets, transaction documents, or details pages (such as the customer card).

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/high-productivity-user-experience

Enhanced Power BI embed experience

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/enhanced-power-bi-embed-experience

Permission sets are editable

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/editablepermissionsets

Intelligent edge for Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, and Dynamics NAV

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/dynamics-intelligent-edge

Tenant administration

Business Central partners manage the lifecycle of the tenant through the Dynamics 365 Business Central administration center. The administration center is the portal for VARs to engage with customers and manage health, troubleshooting, notifications, and sandboxes of the customer tenant.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/var-tenant-administration

Improved Visual Studio Code AL experience

Be more productive when developing and troubleshooting extensions with new and improved developer tools, such as sandbox environments with production data, improved breakpoint support, better inline Help, ability to trace raised events in a given user scenario, support for .NET Interop for on-premises deployments, extension support for enums, report data set and field groups, and more.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/visual-studio-code-improvements

Making Business Central available in new markets

Business Central has a combined localization strategy inclusive of both Microsoft-led and partner-led models. We continue to respond to partner-led scenarios and anticipate additional countries being delivered via localization app extensions in Microsoft AppSource. Additionally, Microsoft will also deliver a localized version of Business Central in Iceland, Norway, and Mexico in this release.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/October18/dynamics365-business-central/localization

Summary of Cumulative Update For Microsoft Dynamics NAV – July 2018

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Please find more information about Cumulative Update for Microsoft Dynamics NAV released in July 2018 below.

Here you can find the download links.

Cumulative Update 7 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 has been released (Build 23019)

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Cumulative Update 20 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 has been released (Build 23021)

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Cumulative Update 33 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 has been released (Build 50458)

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Cumulative Update 45 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been released (Build 50459)

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Dynamics 365 Business Central is now available in Australia and New Zealand

On July 1, 2018 Microsoft announce the availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central in Australia and New Zealand. But the W1 version of Dynamics 365 Business Central is not available yet.

Now, Dynamics 365 Business Central is available in 16 markets:

  • Europe:
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Denmark
    • Germany
    • Finland
    • France
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
  • North America:
    • Canada
    • United States
  • Oceania:
    • Australia
    • New Zealand

Business Central brings the full power of Dynamics NAV to the cloud, as a modern solutions for modern businesses. Business Central has at its foundation a set of trusted, proven technologies in a single, end-to-end application

You can start a free trial for Business Central from our homepage. We look forward to hearing your questions and thoughts on the community forum, and to your product suggestions and requests on the ideas site.

As announced earlier, the next major functionality update for Business Central across all markets will be part of the October 2018 release wave—keep an eye out on this blog for future announcements.

Summary of Cumulative Update For Microsoft Dynamics NAV – June 2018

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Please find more information about Cumulative Update for Microsoft Dynamics NAV released in June 2018 below.

Here you can find the download links.

Cumulative Update 6 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 has been released (Build 22292)

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Cumulative Update 19 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 has been released (Build 22286)

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Cumulative Update 32 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 has been released (Build 50357)

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Cumulative Update 44 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been released (Build 50355)

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Summary of Cumulative Update For Microsoft Dynamics NAV – May 2018

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Please find more information about Cumulative Update for Microsoft Dynamics NAV released in May 2018 below.

Here you can find the download links.

Cumulative Update 5 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 has been released (Build 21836)

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Cumulative Update 18 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 has been released (Build 21832)

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Cumulative Update 31 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 has been released (Build 50293)

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Cumulative Update 43 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been released (Build 50291)

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Summary of Cumulative Update For Microsoft Dynamics NAV – April 2018

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Please find more information about Cumulative Update for Microsoft Dynamics NAV released in April 2018 below.

Here you can find the download links.

Cumulative Update 4 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 has been released (Build 21441)

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Cumulative Update 17 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 has been released (Build 21440)

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Cumulative Update 30 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 has been released (Build 50221)

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Cumulative Update 42 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been released (Build 50217)

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is now live!

As promised, Microsoft released Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central yesterday.

Official announcement from Microsoft : https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/nav/2018/04/02/dynamics-365-business-central-is-now-live/

A modern solution for modern businesses

With 160,000+ customers, more than 2.7 million users, and 3500 partners worldwide, Dynamics NAV has sold in 195 countries – that’s pretty much every country in the world. Microsoft announce that they are furthering this success story with Dynamics 365 Business Central by making it generally available as a cloud service starting today.

Dynamics 365 Business Central brings the full power of Dynamics NAV to the cloud. As such, Business Central has at its foundation a set of trusted, proven technologies in a single, end-to-end application. As such, Business Central offers:

  • Business without silos. Unify your business, and boost efficiency with automated tasks and workflows—all integrated within familiar Office tools like Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Actionable insights. Achieve greater outcomes and gain a complete view of your business with connected data, business analytics, and guidance delivered by Microsoft’s leading intelligent technologies.
  • Solutions built to evolve. Start quickly, grow at your own pace and adapt in real time with a flexible platform that makes it easy to extend Business Central based on your changing business needs.

Free Trial available here: https://trials.dynamics.com/Dynamics365/Signup/BusinessCentral

For an intro to Dynamics 365 Business Central, view the announcement made by Alysa Taylor here:

Announcing Dynamics 365 Business Central

If you would like to go deeper, enjoy this video:

Dynamics 365 Business Central Deep Dive

For more information on coming updates, please keep an eye on the roadmap site.

Stay tuned from more information here…

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – COMING APRIL 2ND, 2018

 

On coming April 2nd, 2018 Microsoft is going to release Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – An all-in-one business management solution that helps your business connect financials, sales, service, and operations to streamline business processes, improve customer interactions and make better decisions.

Dynamics 365 Business Central

With the Spring ’18 release, Dynamics 365 Business Central brings the full power of Dynamics NAV to the cloud in 14 countries or regions and replaces Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Business edition. Existing Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Business edition customers will be automatically upgraded to Dynamics 365 Business Central at the next upgrade of their service.

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the next generation of Dynamics NAV, one of the leading Microsoft business application products, which has served 140,000 customers and millions of users worldwide. Dynamics 365 Business Central is an extremely flexible solution, easily adaptable to the needs of geographies, industries, and individual customers.

Our key investments for the Spring ‘18 release center around:

• Full suite of application functionality in the cloud.
• Refreshed and modern user experience, optimized for insights and productivity.
• Easy extensibility by using apps from AppSource.

Spring ’18 summary of what’s new in Business Central

Broad regional availability

At launch, Dynamics 365 Business Central is available in 14 markets:

Europe:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

North America:

  • Canada
  • United States

Full suite of application functionality – Essential and Premium

Dynamics 365 Business Central is available at two price points: Essential and Premium.

Essential licensing covers business areas that most businesses require in order to run their business. These areas are described in the following sections. Premium licensing adds Service order management and Manufacturing, bringing the full breadth of the popular Dynamics NAV application to the cloud.

Modern user experience – Look and feel

Dynamics 365 Business Central offers a refreshed and modern user experience, optimized for insights and productivity.

Example of a refreshed interface in Business Central

Extensibility – Easy to extend

App Source

Within Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can find apps on App Source that bring you more capabilities. If you’re a developer, you can build powerful extensions and then add them to App Source for easy discoverability. The April release includes many improvements to the extensions technology, allowing partners to extend, customize, and build solutions in an upgradable fashion, decoupled from the base application.

Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow

Dynamics 365 Business Central comes with easy integration with Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow, so that you can configure capabilities and implement business flows without writing a single line of code.

Individual customizations

You can personalize Dynamics 365 Business Central by, for example, adding or removing fields. Use the embedded designer to customize the user interface by moving fields or decluttering the experience.
As a partner, you can apply customizations to one or more of your customers individually. You can apply the same changes to all your customers in Dynamics 365 Business Central or give each of them the tweaks they need.

Modern developer experience

By using Visual Studio Code, you can build powerful extensions in a modern file-based development environment and language. All-new language capabilities are included for easy integration with Microsoft Azure services such as Azure Functions.
You can use the Dynamics 365 Business Central business API with 44 entities for easy, flexible, and fast interoperability with third-party solutions.

Compliance

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Investments address the European privacy law’s requirements. Go to the Trust Center to learn more and find resources to help you comply.
Accessibility enhancements – Go to the Trust Center to learn about our industry-leading accessibility standards.
ISO and SOC compliance.

Dynamics 365 Business Central deep dive video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7bp2MdAc5o

Aligning the Object Range Request Process for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Microsoft Dynamics NAV

As of April 2 2018, Microsoft is launching a new object range request process for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Partners looking to register a solution for:

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, or
  • Both products

should submit a completed Microsoft Dynamics Object Range Request Form to their Regional Operations Center for processing.

Partners who intend to develop their solution for both products can choose to develop their solution using the same object range for both products or have a separate range for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Partners who only intend to develop their solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central need only to complete Phase 1 of the Microsoft Dynamics Object Range Request Form.

Partners who intend to develop their solution for Dynamics NAV should also complete Phase 3 of the Microsoft Dynamics Object Range Request Form.

For more information on this change, please see the New Object Range Request Process – FAQ

New Object Range Request Process – FAQ

Additional Resources

Developing a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Registered Solution Program (RSP)

Developing a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension: How to Request a Unique Object Range

How do I obtain a unique 70,000,000 object range in my license for developing a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension for submission to AppSource?

Step 1: 

Ensure you have PSBC access

To obtain an object range for developing a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension, you must first have access to PartnerSource Business Center (PSBC). Access is provided by having an active Solution Provider Agreement (SPA) if you are a reselling partner using the Dynamics Pricelist or a Partner Registration Agreement (PRA) if you are a non-selling partner. The relevant contract can be requested through your local Regional Operations Center (ROC) Contracts / Agreements Team below

Step 2: 

Request a 1,000 object development range by completing “Phase 1” of the Microsoft Dynamics Object Range Request Form

Once PartnerSource access has been granted, a 1,000 object range can be requested to develop your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension by completing “Phase 1” of the “Microsoft Dynamics Object Range Request Form” and sending it to the relevant ROC below

Partners who intend to develop their solution in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Microsoft Dynamics NAV can request to have the same object range for both products. As of April 2 2018, objects granted in the range 1,000,000 – 98,999,999 can be used for development in both products. An active Registered Solution Program Addendum (RSPA) is required for partners who wish to be granted an object range for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

​Partners who only intend to develop their solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central will be granted 1,000 objects in the range 70,000,000 – 74,999,999.

Your local ROC will then complete “Phase 2” of the form and provide you with your own 1,000 object range to develop your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension.

Step 3: 

Generate your Demonstration Development License from the PartnerSource Business Center

Your local ROC will then notify you once your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension has been set up, and you will then be able to view the object range in PSBC. A PSBC Guide for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extensions has been provided to walk you through the process for managing the Development license, objects and reseller permissions in PSBC.

Step 4: 

If you need to share your 1,000 object range with another ISV, please fill out one of the following forms

To share your 1,000 object range with another ISV, you can complete the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Shared Object Range Agreement for your area, and return to the relevant operations center: