Microsoft recently announced its release plan for Dynamics 365 2020 Release Wave 2. The new release will be available October 1 and includes updates to Dynamics 365 Business Central.
For 2020 release wave 2, Business Central investments center on delivering a world-class service to meet the demands of a rapidly growing customer base, improved performance, handling of file storage, geographic expansion together with support for Group VAT, top customer requested features, and deeper integration with Microsoft Teams.
Seamless service: Performance, reliability, and supportability are all three essential to ensure that the service quality remains ahead of the growth in usage. Accessibility, already in a strong position, must be preserved, and better support for resizing pages is added. The 2020 release wave 2 also incorporates the results of a material top-to-bottom investment in Business Central service security. Partners are a critical component of the Business Central ecosystem; this release wave enables further telemetry visibility for partners through Azure Insights, and it brings improvements in conflict handling for synchronization with Common Data Service.
Productivity: This release continues our commitment toward world-class productivity with enhancements to the modern clients, and requested features such as returning to the request page after previewing a report, and the ability to change the assigned printer before printing a report.
Microsoft Power Platform integration: This release includes further investments in our integration with Microsoft Power Platform. We are investing in both existing connectors as well as enabling virtual entities.
Modern development tools: As we have made the move entirely to Visual Studio Code, we continue to invest in areas that enhance productivity for developers.
Better with Office 365: We enable integration with Microsoft Teams to help teams collaborate and make decisions faster by accessing their business data from Teams channels.
Geographic expansion: The 2020 release wave 2 lays the foundation for future onboarding of more countries and regions. We plan to onboard Brazil, Ireland, and Lithuania for Business Central 2020 release wave 2.
Customer-requested enhancements: Business Central continues to focus on responding to top customer enhancement requests. In addition to multiple features harvested from the product Ideas portal, top feedback areas such as email setup and use is enhanced.
Customer migration tools: To simplify the journey for existing Dynamics customers to Business Central online, support is added for migration from a broader set of Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV versions. Improvements are also made for selective migration of Dynamics GP customers and vendors along with enhanced migration of Dynamics GP Chart of Account setups.
Together, these enhancements are designed to drive further service growth by empowering the migration from various versions of Dynamics on-premises, activating partners that bring their vertical solutions to Business Central online, and further accelerating the growth of net-new customers to Dynamics 365. All of this comes with improved service quality, supportability, end-user productivity, and improved experiences for customers and partners.