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Microsoft has promised that it will release a major version of
Business Central every six months. The last major release in April
was part of the spring 2019 release wave. With less than three
months left until the next release in October, it's time to begin
getting our heads around the autumn '19 release, or "wave 2" as
Microsoft now calls it.
To start, I've sat down for an afternoon at laptop and filtered
five highlights out of the coming release.
Working in the Business Central team must be one of the safest
jobs at Microsoft. The company wants to position Business Central
in the market with the unique selling point of continuous and
regular updates. As a result, the autumn '19 release will contain
42 changes in total. That might put the dev team on fast-forward
for a couple of months. And, because you never know how development
progresses, all the changes mentioned in the
release planare subject to change.
All I can say is: Yes, finally! Integrating the programming
language of NAV into Microsoft’s developer tools has been a rumor
since Microsoft acquired Navision A/S in 2002. And now, this big
and future-orientated step
is set to go. Microsoft has phased in the
introduction of the AL-language and extensions over a couple of
years, allowing ISVs, partners, and the community a lot of time to
adapt to the new technology. A lot of people made use of the
opportunity. AppSource, Microsoft's store for Extensions and
services, grows steadily. The blogosphere explodes with tips and
tricks about AL. By contrast, some big ISVs are still struggling
with the transition. For example, if an ISV won't offer its
solution with Extensions until November 201, then their customers
may not be able to do their upgrades this year.
Details about the new base application are rare. I expect that
Microsoft will announce all the interesting bits in the key note of
in Vienna. At the moment, the only information available is
that the Windows client and the C/SIDE development environment will
cease to exist in the newer versions. Furthermore, the base
application will be split in two parts: The System part and the
Apps part. The System part will be delivered in single modules with
one feature = one module
. And, to the relief many people, it will still be possible to
modify the base application.
And don't forget: Due to this change,
the Desktop client will go away too.
Figure 1: Implementation design of the
new base application
Business Applications communities