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Dynamics 365 Business Central: First details of the second release wave in October

Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Release Wave 2

In October, Microsoft releases the new versions for its business applications, including Dynamics 365 Business Central. Initially announced information shows that the second wave of releases in 2020 will again focus on increasing service quality and performance and will also offer interesting new features for more productivity.

The goal of all the new features and improvements is once again to meet the requirements of a growing company and further optimize data storage and management. For this purpose, the functional requests and suggestions of users were taken into account again to ease working with Business Central.

Application enhancements requested by customers

Announcements included the introduction of a default unit cost for non-inventory items, the ability to track packages of more types of sales documents and a further improvement in bank reconciliation. Also planned are VAT reporting for groups, the expansion of the “Business Central Company Hub” and the option to automatically resolve synchronization conflicts with Microsoft Dataflex Pro (formerly Common Data Service).

Conversion templates for converting contacts to vendors and employees and recurring journals for allocating balances by dimensional values will also soon be available. It will also be possible to notify users of high-risk changes in selected setup fields.

New features in the Modern Client

From October, new and optimized features in the Modern Client will also provide more reliability, user-friendliness and productivity. Pages with FactBoxes will soon be more responsive and role centers will open faster. The general page layout and the action bar in dialogs will also be updated. The Page Inspector will support temporary tables in the future. In addition, multiple production or sandbox environments can be accessed from the mobile apps.

New Teams Integration

With the second wave of releases in 2020, Microsoft intends to improve cross-application productivity in Business Central by increasing the use of Microsoft teams as a communication tool in business processes. For example, an integration will provide the ability to access Business Central data in Microsoft Teams conversations to help teams making faster decisions.

In addition to the new features listed above, the next version of Business Central will also contain various enhancements in other areas. The improvements concern the integration with the Microsoft Power Platform, the availability for additional countries and regions and the migration from a local installation to Business Central Online. The new Dynamics 365 Business Central version will be rolled out on October 1st, 2020.

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