Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 release wave 1

    Explore the updates to Dynamics 365 Business Central for 2020 due for general release in April!

    Planned for release between the months of April and September 2020, there are lots of features available for Business Central wave 1 2020. We are very excited about what Microsoft have been developing as every release brings a host of new functionality!

    Under the 'Enabled for' column, the definitions are as follows:

    • 'End users, automatically' - these new features are applied automatically and enhance the experience of the end user
    • 'Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically' - these new features are applied automatically but for admins, makers or analysts, rather than end users
    • 'End users by admins, makers or analysts' - to become available for end users, these new features have to be enabled or configured by admins, makers or analysts
    Click on the links below to get more detail on each of the updates via Microsoft's website.
    Application enhancements

    Microsoft are constantly working on improvements based on the feedback they receive from users. This wave of enhancements, for example, includes improvement to bank reconciliation functionality from suggestions posted to their own ideas site. If you would like to make any suggestions, make yourself heard by following this link to the Microsoft site.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Extend ListPlus pages previously based on the Date virtual table Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - April 2020
    Multiple languages Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - April 2020
    Auto-insert recurring sales and purchase lines End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Enhanced customer and vendor document layout End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Manage direct-debit collections in Service Management End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Notify requester about all changes for an approval request Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Print to attachment End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Receive more items than ordered End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Register capacity in units of seconds End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Revert Qty. to Invoice when canceling order End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Bank reconciliation improvements End users, automatically March 2020 May 2020

     

    Country and regional availability

    As companies around the world choose Business Central, country and regional availability is key. Therefore, Microsoft are always developing for this and plan to make six new regionalisations available in the April 2020 release. 

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Expanded country and regional availability Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - April 2020

     

    Migrations to Business Central online

    Microsoft will continue to enhance the application through their focus on performance in the most used areas. The Dynamics 365 Business Central Ideas site continues to be a source for application enhancements.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Enhanced Dynamics GP Chart of Accounts migration End users by admins, makers, or analysts March 2020 April 2020
    Migrate all or only active customer master records from Dynamics GP End users by admins, makers, or analysts March 2020 April 2020
    Migrate all or only active vendor master records from Dynamics GP End users by admins, makers, or analysts March 2020 April 2020

    Enhanced Dynamics GP
    inventory data migration

    End users by admins, makers, or analysts April 2020 April 2020
    Migrate data from Business Central 14.x on-premises to Business Central 15.x online
    End users by admins, makers, or analysts April 2020 April 2020
     
    Modern clients
    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Collapse and expand document lines End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Disable export of data to Excel Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Enable non-interactive printing with advanced printer selection End users, automatically Feb 2020 April 2020
    Enhanced mobile accessibility related to device orientation End users, automatically Feb 2020 April 2020
    Enter data more easily End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Import profiles and UI customisations Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Improved load time for pages End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Improvements to pages composed of multiple parts End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Navigate trees more easily End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Unhide parts on a page End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Use filters and views more easily End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
     
    Modern developer tools
    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    AL interfaces Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Application version for aliasing base application Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Camera/location AL API available in the browser End users by admins, makers or analysts Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Look up events and insert event subscriber in code
    Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Multiple variable declarations of the same type in the same line Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Obsolete tag property Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020
    Ability to refactor a field from a table to a table extension Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically March 2020 April 2020
     
    Onboarding
    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    AL interfaces End users, automatically April 2020 April 2020
     
    Partner acceleration
    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    API for continuous delivery of the AppSource apps via Azure DevOps services
    Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically April 2020 July 2020
     

    Power Platform

    We're really excited about this feature! This will automate the synchronisation of information, for example customers and suppliers will be synchronised with the Common Data Model.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Business Central integration with Common Data Service
    End users, automatically Feb 1, 2020 April 2020

     

    Service Fundamentals
    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Ability to see current database locks Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically April 2020 April 2020
    Ability to see table sizes Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically April 2020 April 2020
    Ability to view a list of sessions and cancel one or more of them Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically April 2020 April 2020
    Performance of web service requests and reports added to Application Insights telemetry for partners End users by admins, makers or analysts April 2020 April 2020
    Read scale-out Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically April 2020 April 2020
    Resource limits for reports and web service calls End users, automatically April 2020 April 2020

    We're really excited with every release of Business Central, as we now benefit from
    updates twice a year! Watch this space for release news as and when Microsoft announce them.
     
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