Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 Release Wave 1

    Get the latest news on Business Central 2021 wave 1 and all that Microsoft have planned for the next 6 months

    April 2021 has arrived and we are looking forward to the next wave of features Microsoft will be releasing for Dynamics 365 Business Central. This is the place to top up on the planned releases Microsoft will be delivering - click through on any of the features to read more about what they'll do!

    This blog lists features that are planned to release from April 2021 through September 2021. Because there are features listed that may not have been released yet, certain items may not be released as scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances on Microsoft's behalf.

     

    Some highlights from this wave include:

    Report extensibility: a mic drop moment!

    Dimension corrections (for G/L Entries): unlike any other business management software you'll now easily be able to correct mistakes/change dimensions.

    Look up BC contacts from within Teams: a lot of people love Teams. Now, unlike any other business management software, you'll be able to look contacts up directly.

    Enablement of Word merge in BC: finally!

    Support Cloud printing using Microsoft Universal Print: unlike any other Cloud printing software you now get licenses together with your Microsoft 365 Business subscription and other Microsoft subscriptions.

    Enable Power BI connector to work with BC APIs, instead of with web services only: SO MUCH faster!

    Virtual tables for Microsoft Dataverse: unlock a whole world of building apps using BC virtual entities.

     

    In the 'General availability' column, the feature will be delivered within the month listed. The delivery date can be any day within that month. Released features show the full date, including the day of release.

    Description of Enabled for column values:

    • Users, automatically: These features include changes to the user experience and are enabled automatically.

    • Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically: These features are meant to be used by administrators, makers, marketers, or business analysts and are enabled automatically.

    • Users by admins, makers, or analysts: These features must be enabled or configured by the administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users.

    Administration

    Business Central 2021 release wave 1 delivers a set of features designed to simplify and improve the way partners administer tenants, and the way administrators manage licensing and permissions.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Improve the reliability of the database export operation for larger databases with more companies Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Improvements for the Delegated Administrators Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Reassign an environment from one Azure Active Directory organization to another (through Microsoft Support) Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Mar 2021 Apr 2021

     

    Application

    With Business Central 2021 release wave 1, Microsoft will deliver features for some of the most requested areas for improvement, such as banking, payments, and continued improvements to performance.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Assisted setup helps move the task of adjusting item costs to the background Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Automatic creation of lot and serial number information cards Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Bank reconciliation improvements Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Changes in synchronization between contact and customer Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Define lot sizes for various stages of production Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Dimension corrections (for G/L entries) Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    More control over settings for default dimensions Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Payment reconciliation journal improvements Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Simplified bank statement file import Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021

     

    Better with Microsoft 365

    In Business Central 2021 release wave 1, collaborative business processes in Microsoft Teams are more efficient, Microsoft add support for Universal Print, and harden the Excel and Outlook add-ins.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Look up Business Central contacts from within Microsoft Teams Users, automatically Feb 2021 Apr 2021
    Enablement of Word merge in Business Central Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Support cloud printing using Microsoft Universal Print Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021

     

    Country and Regional

    The 2021 release wave 1 brings Dynamics 365 Business Central to more countries with release in India, Greece, Romania, and Turkey.

    Feature Enabled for  Public preview General availability
    Country and regional expansion – Greece Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Country and regional expansion – India Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Romania Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Turkey Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021

     

    Microsoft Power Platform

    With Business Central 2021 release wave 1, Microsoft improve integration with Microsoft Dataverse and Microsoft Power Platform.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Virtual tables for Microsoft Dataverse Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Apr 2021 -
    Synchronize item availability from Business Central to Dynamics 365 Sales Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Enable Power BI connector to work with Business Central APIs, instead of with web services only Users, automatically Apr 2021 May 2021

     

    Modern Clients

    Business Central 2021 release wave 1 brings improvements to performance, usability, and printing.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Report API allows passing the layout needed for report execution Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    - Apr 2021
    Reports run in the background Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    - Apr 2021
    Client performance improvements Users, automatically Feb 2021 Apr 2021
    Usability enhancements for the Business Central web client Users, automatically Feb 2021 Apr 2021
    Enable cloud printing on mobile app (phone and tablet) and from Microsoft Teams app Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Users can change the assigned printer before printing a report Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021

     

    Modern Development Tools

    As Microsoft have moved entirely to Visual Studio Code, they continue to invest in areas that enhance productivity for developers.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Partners can add keys (indexes) to base tables and table extension tables Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    - Apr 2021
    Extension validation on upgrade Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Feb 2021 Apr 2021
    Interface – obsolete support  Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Feb 2021 Apr 2021
    Report extensibility Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Feb 2021 Apr 2021
    Return record link instead of name when using lookups Admins, makers,
    marketers, or analysts,
    automatically
    Feb 2021 Apr 2021

     

    Onboarding

    With the 2021 release wave 1, customers can get to productive usage faster.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Getting started checklists for guided and faster initial setup Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Improve the experience of getting started with Power BI Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    Improved company setup experience Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
    In-app contextual help improvements Users, automatically Mar 2021 Apr 2021
     

    For future release plans and Business Central-related information, make sure to watch this space and feel free to contact us here with any questions you may have.

    Written by
    Jess Dorling
    Jess Dorling

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