It’s here! Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2022 Release Wave 1 (Version 20) is now generally available. Read below for an overview of what’s new.
Microsoft Power Platform
In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft improved the integration with Dataverse and Power Platform so users can be more productive and self-sufficient when they use Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power BI with Business Central. For example, Microsoft made it simple and intuitive to trigger a Power Automate flow from a specific Business Central page. In another example, this update makes it possible to use data change events from Dataverse virtual tables in the Power Automate flows.
In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft delivers updates based on the most popular requests for improvement. Microsoft will invest in better reporting, improve the control of deferral postings, improve the Dimensions capabilities by allowing default dimensions on locations, and deliver several improvements to the supply chain area.
Onboarding is a key focus in every release wave. The aim is to make the onboarding of new customers faster, but also the onboarding of new users. In the most recent release waves, Microsft has removed some of the friction in the onboarding of new customers by empowering partners to deliver uniform onboarding experiences at scale. This way, partners can deliver more valuable services to their customers. Partners can use a combination of in-product artifacts, such as the Get Started checklist, teaching tips, configuration packages, and assisted setups.
In 2022 release wave 1, onboarding to Dynamics 365 Business Central will be even easier because Microsoft will focus on people-centric experiences. Business Central becomes able to provide easy access to context-specific content. This way, Microsoft flattens the learning curve and unblocks individual users in performing their business processes. Users will also be guided to understand how they can personalize Business Central to their needs.
The access to the context-specific content will be powered by a new and modern Help pane similar to that of other Microsoft offerings. The context-specific content that users get access to through the Help pane will include Microsoft-hosted content and partner-hosted content so that the Help pane is the go-to place to get unblocked.
Additionally, teaching tips will be able to include clickable links so that page- and control-level teaching tips can refer to documentation or other in-app pages.
In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft makes improvements to their extensive portfolio of clients with the focus on better usability, accessibility, performance, and stability.
Country and Regional
More countries are added to bring Business Central to more than 70 countries. Expansion to more countries and regions is achieved through partner-led localization. Microsoft partners create the relevant localization apps and publish them to AppSource. In combination with the built-in language offerings, Business Central is available to serve customers in over 70 countries and regions worldwide.
Governance and Administration
Business Central 2022 release wave 1 delivers a set of admin and governance capabilities to help admins and IT pros set up, secure, manage, govern, and monitor customer environments. Areas of investment include improving the error messages to include additional details and support information.
Better with Microsoft 365
In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft invests in a stronger reporting story through better integration with Excel, where they’ll use the Excel layout capabilities. Microsoft also further improves the support for collaborative business processes in Teams so you can bring Business Central pages into a Teams channel. Finally, Microsoft also enriches the information from Business Central that is presented in Teams.
Reporting is top-of-mind for many business users, both as a way to get insight into new growth opportunities but also as a way to share data as a foundation for business planning discussions. Microsoft will deliver a better experience with Excel layouts. They’ll also provide improvements to the account schedules capability. Finally, they will improve their Power BI analytics story by enabling more Power BI dashboards to be shown on the Home page of business users.
Service and Platform
No matter the industry type of a small or medium-sized business (SMB), business users expect a dependable service and platform that they can run their business on. In every release wave, Microsoft improves performance. In this release wave, Microsoft provides more insight by enabling an in-product performance advisor and in-client performance profiler. Microsoft also continues the effort of improving the client’s rendering time and the performance of data entry.
To learn more about the entire set of capabilities being delivered during this release wave, check out the release plan for Business Central.
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