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Microsoft D365 Business Central Updates

In this Article, we are going to discuss Microsoft D365 Business Central and it 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 the Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, or Dynamics SL and connect to the cloud through Business Central.

Microsoft D365 Business

Business Central Everywhere

Microsoft D365 Business Central partners get the 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 the user experience with many productivity improvements, facilitating heavy transactional users. The service is also going through the hardening process, with much-improved resiliency, robustness, and performance across the application.

Business Central – Cloud, Hybrid, and On-Premises Availability

Microsoft D365 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 the Dynamics NAV, customers can get Business Central on-premises. The experience for the partners and customers on-premises is no different from the familiar Dynamics NAV upgrades, except for the change in name. This is the 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 the older versions of Dynamics NAV.

High Productivity User Experience

Get more work done with the productivity features such as filtering of lists and totals, and copy and paste rows. With a host of new keyboard shortcuts to accelerate your business tasks and improved keyboard navigation throughout, Microsoft D365 Business Central is ready to support the diverse needs of your workforce. Do things fastly, or find out how to do them with the new Tell Me window.

Business users get fresh and modern experience in all the main screens of Business Central. Whether you are accessing your information 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 the details pages (such as the customer card).

Application Improvements

Various new or improved application functionality is included, such as the Non-Inventory item type, document line tracking, and improved layout in 31 reports. In addition, it is now easier to perform common actions, such as filling in journal lines and adding the required information. Common tasks, such as payment processing and the canceling purchase posting are also improved. The Create Company assisted setup now allows you to skip the accounting period set up and involves a step for user setup.

Permission Sets are Editable

From the list of permission sets, you can include new and copy an existing permission set. The resulting set will be the type of User-Defined, which can be edited at any time. From each user card, the Effective Permissions window shows which permissions the user has and through which permission set(s) they are granted, either through the entitlement, through a default set (System), or through a customized set (User-Defined).

Tenant Administration

Business Central partners manage the lifecycle of the tenant through the Microsoft D365 Business Central administration center. The administration center is a 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 the 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 provided 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 combined the localization strategy inclusive of both Microsoft-led and partner-led models. We continue to respond to the partner-led scenarios and anticipate additional countries being delivered via localization app extensions in Microsoft AppSource. Additionally, Microsoft will also deliver the localized version of Business Central in Iceland, Norway, and Mexico in this release.

Dynamics 365 Business Central Everywhere

Dynamics NAV transitions to the Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises.

Dynamics NAV Transitions to the Dynamics 365 business central on-premises

Dynamics NAV Transitions to the Dynamics 365 business central on-premises

Since Dynamics NAV and D365 Business Central share the same code base, the transition for customers from Dynamics NAV to D365 Business Central is as seamless as just another Dynamics NAV upgrade. Upon upgrading, they receive the new, refreshed, and highly productive user experience of Business Central and the name of their product changes from Dynamics NAV to D365 Business Central.

With the October ’18 release, we are bringing the Business Central web-based modern productivity features and the user experience to the on-premises and hybrid customers upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Users connecting to on-premises, hybrid, or cloud deployments of Business Central (regardless of how they connect) will all benefit from the same product and refreshed user interface and features.

This ensures an easier transition and shortens the learning curve for new-employee onboarding—all on top of new capabilities of cloud and AI-powered insights and data analytics for the Business Central customer, especially with cloud and hybrid versions.

The D365 Business Central universal app is able to connect to the cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployments of Business Central. That app is available for:

  • Windows 10 (desktop, tablet, and phone)
  • Android (tablet and phone)
  • iOS (tablet and phone)

The full desktop mode is helped on computers running Windows 10.

Microsoft D365 Business Central hybrid deployment

While Business Central is a cloud-first service, the customers who need to run their workloads on-premises or on the intelligent edge connected to the cloud can now do so. With Business Central, once the customers sign up for the service in the cloud, they have the option to deploy it locally to their choice of hardware. While they are running a Business Central on their own hardware, customers will have a tenant in the cloud, and the data from the customers’ hardware will be replicated to the cloud for intelligent cloud scenarios. At all times, the customers are informed of their “cloud ready” status, so when they’re ready to transition completely to the cloud, it’s a simple step.

Dynamics 365 business central available premises

Dynamics 365 business central available premises

The customer data is always uploaded to the cloud from on-premises (customers can opt out if desired) to bring the intelligent cloud capabilities to the Microsoft D365 Business Central deployments on the intelligent edge. Business Central will be licensed through CSP, at the same price, regardless of where a customer (through a partner) deploys their solution.

Microsoft Dynamics Partners are still able to customize on-premises solutions through code customization. However, doing that may degrade their replication services, because expanding the number of code customizations reduces the percentage of tables that can be replicated to the cloud. At all times, the customers will see a tile showing the replication percentage and a list of the tables with issues so they can work with their VAR to determine the appropriate resolution steps. This is an important way for the customers to continue receiving value from the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge, regardless of the changes made to Business Central on-premises.


In this Article, we dealt with Dynamics 365 Business Central Updates in cloud, on-premise and in hybrid deployments.

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