Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2

    Get the latest news on Business Central 2021 wave 2 and all that Microsoft have planned for the next 6 months

    Microsoft release new features and functionality for Dynamics 365 Business Central twice a year, with the next 'wave' coming to us in October 2021. This is the place to get an overview on what Microsoft will be delivering - for a more in-depth description, click through on any of the features.

    Our blog outlines what is new and planned starting October 2021 through to March 2022. There are features listed that may not have been released yet, therefore certain items may not be released as scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances on Microsoft's behalf.

    Some highlights from this wave include:

    Enhancements to Microsoft Teams integration: more powerful search mechanisms can only be a good thing.

    Enhancement to working with Microsoft Excel: so, so convenient.

    Better support for non-inventory Items: extending the limited capabilities.

    Improved Bank and payment reconciliations: some great new improvements!

    Production BOMs and Routes on stockkeeping units in planning scenarios: more processes in BC will consider the values in the Production BOM and Production Routing fields.

    More fields available to add using personalisation mode: easier customisation = better usability!

     

    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.

    Application

    With Business Central 2021 release wave 2, Microsoft will deliver updates in areas such as finance and supply chain areas.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Add additional columns through personalization in various pages to gain more insight Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Add non-inventory items on requisition and planning worksheets Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Bank and payment reconciliations Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Couple records between Business Central and Dataverse (and apps for Dataverse) in bulk Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Default line type in the sales and purchase documents Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Delegated admin can create job queue entries and request approval by a licensed user Admins, makers, marketers, or analysists, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Improved user experience to keep posting setup and dimension issues from going wrong Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Integrate Business Central and Microsoft Dataverse with more efficient synchronization of multiple records Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Item variant code on demand forecasts Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    List of trusted partner apps Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Locations for non-inventory items Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    More control over address information data entry Users by admins, makers or analysts Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    More educational app tours for standard roles Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    New automation API to create user groups Users by admins, makers or analysts Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Production BOMs and routes on stockkeeping units in planning scenarios Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Remove obsolete reports 204, 205, 206, and 207 Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Rounding for base unit of measure Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Tour of Business Central to help users know the basics Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Use multiple units of measure when synchronizing items and resources to Dynamics 365 Sales Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021

     

    Better with Microsoft 365

    In Business Central 2021 release wave 2, find better integration with Excel as well as further support for business processes in Teams.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Enhancements to Microsoft Teams integration Users, automatically - Oct 2021
    Centralised Deployment of Office add-ins Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    Enhancements to the Outlook add-in Users, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    Enhancements to working with Microsoft Excel Users, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    Share a record link to Microsoft Teams Users, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    AL API for sharing files in Microsoft 365 Users by admins, makers or analysts Sep 2021 Oct 2021

     

    Country and Regional

    The 2021 release wave 2 brings Dynamics 365 Business Central to more countries with release in 7 countries globally.

    Feature Enabled for  Public preview General availability
    Country and regional expansion – Argentina Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Bulgaria Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Chile Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Myanmar Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Puerto Rico Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Slovakia Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Country and regional expansion – Ukraine Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021

     

    Development

    This release wave 2 has improved capabilities for developers, including making the AL language even stronger.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    AL compiler diagnostic messages includes URLs Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Force sync of customer-specific extensions in online environments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Oct 2021 Oct 2021
    Generated documentation for AL language Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    Profiling AL performance with snapshot debugger Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    Richer access control for extension source in cloud environments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Transactional installation and sync of extensions on-premises Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021

     

    Governance and administration

    The 2021 release wave 2 delivers a set of admin and governance capabilities designed to help admins and IT pros set up, secure, manage, govern, and monitor customer environments.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Manage access to environments using Azure Active Directory groups Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2021
    Admins can handle scheduled tasks after a point-in-time restore Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Copying environments of different types Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Operations log enhancements Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Restarting environments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021

     

    Microsoft Power Platform

    With Business Central 2021 release wave 2, integration will be improved between Microsoft Dataverse and Microsoft Power Platform.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Show reports from named and shared Power BI workspaces in Business Central Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021

     

    Modern Clients

    Business Central 2021 release wave 2 brings a focus on better usability, accessibility, performance and stability.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    Unhindered data entry across rows Users, automatically Oct 2021 -
    Performance improvements to the Business Central web client Users, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    Usability improvements to the Business Central web client Users, automatically Aug 2021 Oct 2021
    Discovering reports and administration areas in Role Explorer Users, automatically Sep 2021 Oct 2021
    Support for localised decimal separator on numeric keypads Users by admins, makers or analysts Dec 2021 Feb 2022

     

    Service and platform

    SMB's need a dependable service and platform to run their business on and Microsoft continue their efforts to improve the performance of Business Central.

    Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
    OData read-only intent Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2021
    Protect the Business Central Server against excessive background sessions for an environment Users, automatically Oct 2021 Oct 2021
     

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    Jess Dorling
    Jess Dorling

    Jess is the Storyteller at TNP. Having studied a Liberal Arts degree at university, Jess realised she just didn’t want to stop writing! The opportunity to write for TNP and bring together all the stories of the company seemed too good to miss. Outside of work, Jess loves to read lots and has a whole library of books that she’s constantly adding to. She also enjoys time in the countryside walking her dog, particularly if the walk takes her past a pub!