dynamics 365 business central 2024 release wave 1

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2024 Release Wave 1 (Version 24) Now Available

Source: Microsoft Learn

The wait is over! Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2024 release wave 1 (Version 24) was just released and is now generally available. Read below for a quick summary of what’s new.

Continued Copilot investment plus much more

This update elevates Microsoft’s commitment to Copilot, offering enhanced features that empower individuals to streamline their business operations and accelerate task completion with Copilot’s support. Developers have been boosting their efficiency using GitHub Copilot within Visual Studio Code, and Microsoft anticipates further advancements from these premier resources for AL developers. Furthermore, Microsoft made it possible for developers to augment the application metadata with additional information, ensuring an improved Copilot experience.

Business Central assists organizations in concentrating on their core operations by automating regulatory tasks and ensuring compliance with diverse government regulations. Usability is always a focus, and this release boosts efficiency with selection-aware, context-based actions.

Additional updates in 2024 release wave 1 include:

Adapt faster with Power Platform

Business Central’s seamless integration with Power Platform lets you improve efficiency in your organization by automating repetitive tasks. Use Power Automate templates to automate workflows that optimize your business processes for your unique requirements. Microsoft continues to invest in tight integration with Power Platform to make it more powerful and give you more ways to use your business data effectively. For example, you can use the Copilot capabilities for cloud flows in the Power Platform products to create connected business workflows and experiences. What’s more, you can do so through quick and easy natural language expressions.

Application

To determine what goes into the application in every release, Microsoft prioritizes the top customer requests and responds to market trends—for example, Microsoft’s investment in helping customers use Copilot to optimize their business processes.

For the last couple of releases, Microsoft invested in multi-company capabilities because more businesses are using Business Central across borders and to manage multiple companies. Microsoft continues to improve the experience of using Business Central to manage multiple companies. Microsoft invests throughout the application, improving experiences in inventory management, service and project management, and improving integrations with other Dynamics 365 applications.

Country and regional

Business Central continues to become available to businesses in more countries and regions and is now available in more than 155 countries and regions. This expansion happens largely through partner-led localizations. 

Development

Microsoft continues to invest in areas that enhance productivity for developers who work with GitHub, Visual Studio Code, and AppSource marketplace. Microsoft is adding new code refactoring capabilities, an easy path to functional and performance testing, and ISV and custom code with AL GO for GitHub.

Governance and administration

Business Central delivers additional self-service features to help administrators manage more granular access to environments, and audit critical admin operations using Microsoft 365 Audit Log, which provides ever-stronger options for reinforcing data privacy with customer-managed encryption keys and Azure Lockbox.

Legislation

This release offers new capabilities for accessing VAT dates when you preview the results of posting transactions. In this release, you’ll also find the sustainability journal, which will help you with sustainability reporting.

Reporting and data analysis

Microsoft is adding more capabilities to Analysis mode, and Power BI and Excel Layouts are ready for use.

Service and platform

Microsoft continues to invest in the fundamentals of Business Central service, focusing on high availability, performance, stability, resource governance, security, and compliance.

You can check out the full release plan here.

For more information on Dynamics 365 Business Central and to keep up with current updates, please reach out to our team. We look forward to talking with you and helping your organization stay on top of the latest release changes to keep your system running as smoothly as possible.