Short wrap-up of what I learned from the Directions conference in Asia, which has been quite informative:

Essentials:

1. There will be officially new product name for Dynamics NAV and Tenerife in the future: Dynamics 365 Business Central. This is the product planned evolution:
- Business Central (cloud version) with many (not all) localizations will come up in April 2018, replacing Dynamics 365 'Tenerife'; the following localizations will come out: Canada, US, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.
- Business Central (cloud version) W1 will come up in Summer 2018 (adding also Australia and New Zealand); one of the reasons why W1 version is coming AFTER release of some localizations, is that there is a discussion to include as many good features from existing localizations to W1 version to make it more universal (which is a great idea).
- Business Central (on-prem version) will come up in Autumn 2018, with the same code base (and UI) as cloud version; no NAV 2018 R2 so far (at least, no plans for that has been announced); however NAV 2018 will be anyway CUed for some 2 years or more. Extension, developed for NAV2018 will not suite for Business Central.
 
2. The following license types and prices are planned:
- Team Member - $8 per month - Reads and Approves, Runs all reports, Employee self service
- Essentials - $70 per month - all the rest except Service Management and Manufacturing
- Premium - $100 per month - includes Service Management and Manufacturing
This includes Azure consumption and SQL service. Those will be sold via CSP channels, both for cloud and on-prem versions. Users will be named user, not concurrent. How transition from current on-prem concurrent users will be made to cloud named ones, is not yet clear.

There has been no information on the release of the rest of localizations, neither in cloud or on-prem versions. More info will come up from Inspire conference in Las Vegas this summer.

 

Other information:

Dynamics NAV has great history of development and very sustainable customer and partner community:

  

Now with completely re-designed user interface and web client:

 

Digital transformation and Digital Feedback Loop has been presented as a background for next generation of Dynamics 365 products:

 
What is "Business Central" has been explained in more details:

 
It is not just application and platform - it is evolution to era of Digital Transformation, being a part of Dynamics 365 family:

 
Excel write-back is now available for Dynamics 365 Business Central:

 
Keyboard shortcuts for new Web Client are developed: F8 will appear, CTRL+H is uncertain:

 
Office 365 and Microsoft Cognitive services as integral part of Dynamics 365 Business Central:

 
PowerSuite and Dynamics 365 Business Central are integral parts of the same landscape:

 
Extensions 2.0 and Visual Studio Code for Business Central are key future elements:

 
Approval flows will be great tool:

 
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a world-class cloud service with 99,9% uptime and  new tenants every minute:

 
Finally, it is a part of Microsoft Ecosystem:

Awara IT has been represented by its two active members on this conference, please follow the Twitter @Alex_Ermakov for more updated information.