Microsoft urged partners this week
to embrace the features delivered in the April 2019 release of
Dynamics 365 Business Central, while also advising them to look out
for guidance on the October release in a matter of weeks.
The first draft of the October 2019 release notes document is
due the second week of June, Microsoft Technical Fellow and current
GM for Business Central Mike Ehrenberg told attendees at Directions
North America 2019. As promised in the Business Central roadmap,
that release will be the first that supports only the modern
client, not the classic Windows app, and only development using AL
and VS Code.
"We had thought we would get to the point of [offering the
modern client only] in 2020, but we're really proud of the plan for
2019 and believe we can make that 100 percent," said Ehrenberg in a
presentation at the event.
Microsoft encouraged partners to look closely at what the team
has delivered in the current release, with over a hundred updates.
Many of them are specific to individual features or development
tools like multiple ship-to addresses and support for Outline view
in VS Code.
Other updates will be more apparent in the user interface like
continuous scroll in lists, better search results, improved access
to documentation from within the app, quicker data entry, more
shortcuts, and configurable options for the use of fact boxes.
Program manager Jannik Bausager reminded the audience that the
Ideas site for Business Central, where the community can log
their product ideas and suggestions, is actively monitored by the
R&D team and updates come directly from the site.
"Ideas works, remember that," he said.
Other areas where R&D has invested heavily include
migration, AI, BI, and localization, according to Ehrenberg. He
said his team has "doubled down" on CDS integration and scenarios
that call on Microsoft's Azure artificial intelligence and BI
He also noted the priority placed on helping ISV transition NAV
solutions to Business Central. "We are learning where they have
friction and working to remove it," he said.
"We've made a big bet in the April cycle and an even bigger bet
on the October cycle," Ehrenberg said.
Microsoft is focusing on six primary areas for the October
release, per the latest roadmap: