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.
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.
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).
Enhanced Power BI embed experience
Permission sets are editable
Intelligent edge for Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, and Dynamics NAV
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.
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.
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.
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:
- United Kingdom
- North America:
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.
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…
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:
- United Kingdom
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
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.
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.
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
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
Developing a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Extension
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Registered Solution Program (RSP)