What's new and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

This topic lists features that are planned to release from October 2020 through March 2021. Because this topic lists features that may not have released yet, delivery timelines may change and projected functionality may not be released. For more information, go to Microsoft policy.

For a list of the previous wave's release plans, go to 2020 release wave 1 plan.

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 date of release.

This check mark ( ) shows which features have been released for public preview or early access and for public preview, early access, and general availability.

Administration

The 2020 release wave 2 delivers a set of features that are designed to simplify and improve the way partners administer tenants, and the way administrators carry out administration tasks for licensing and permissions.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Improved overview and management of the available database and file capacity Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
Log of admin operations in the Business Central admin center Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
Service-to-service authentication for Automation APIs Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
Support for additional Azure AD roles for the customer admins to access Business Central admin center Users by admins, makers, or analysts - Oct 1, 2020
Support for an unlimited number of production and sandbox environments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
Manage irreversible features Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Jun 10, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Database access intent changed to read-only for frequently used reports Users, automatically Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Deprecation of the legacy Dynamics NAV Help Server component Users, automatically Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Speed up low-level code calculations Users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Disable Integration Records and Integration Management Users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 8, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Schedule data update of application features enabled through Feature Management Users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 8, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Extension lifecycle telemetry in Application Insights for ISVs Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Dec 2020
Restoring environments to a point in time in the past Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Dec 2020 Feb 2021

Application

With Business Central 2020 release wave 2, we deliver enhancements that were suggested through the aka.ms/bcideas website.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Business Central company hub Users by admins, makers, or analysts - Oct 1, 2020
VAT group reporting Users by admins, makers, or analysts - Oct 1, 2020
Default unit cost for non-inventory items Users, automatically May 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Track packages from more types of sales documents Users, automatically May 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Consolidation file format support for Dynamics 365 Finance Users, automatically Aug 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Auto-resolve Microsoft Dataverse conflicts Users, automatically Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Check financial journals in background Users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Improved control over how and when you post WIP entries for jobs to the general ledger Users, automatically Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Write longer item references Users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Use the copy journal function on Posted General Journals and control date for reversing entries in Recurring General Journals Users, automatically Aug 4, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Use Word document layouts to customize outgoing customer documents Users, automatically Aug 4, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Easier to choose the right Role Center Users, automatically Aug 5, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Remove coupling of records integrated with Microsoft Dataverse in bulk Users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 8, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Restore synchronization defaults for Microsoft Dataverse integration for selected Integration Table Mapping Users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 8, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Use contact mobile phone number and email consistently across application Users, automatically Sep 8, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Use conversion templates to convert contacts to vendors and employees Users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 8, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Define retention policies Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Notify users of high-risk changes in selected setup fields Users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 3, 2020 Nov 3, 2020
Enhanced email capabilities Users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 3, 2020 Nov 11, 2020
Improved VAT registration number validation Users, automatically Nov 2020 Nov 2020
Control how Account Schedules for core financial reports are generated Users by admins, makers, or analysts - Nov 16, 2020
Use new sales pricing experience Users by admins, makers, or analysts - Nov 16, 2020
Use recurring journals to allocate balances by dimension values Users by admins, makers, or analysts Nov 2020 Dec 2020
Bank reconciliation improvements Users, automatically Dec 2020 Feb 2021

Better with Microsoft 365

In 2020 release wave 2, we enable better cross-app productivity by using Teams as a way to interact in business processes.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Apps are moving to office.com Users, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Business Central in Microsoft Teams Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Dec 2020

Country and regional

Global availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central has been expanding regularly with every release wave. Here we describe the plans for expansion going forward and new regulatory features and enhancements.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Country/regional expansion – Brazil Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Country/regional expansion – Ireland Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Country/regional expansion – Lithuania Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Country/regional expansion – India (public preview) Users, automatically Oct 1, 2020 To be announced

Microsoft Power Platform

This area covers our investments in our integration with Microsoft Power Platform. In this release we are investing in enabling virtual entities.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Microsoft Dataverse virtual tables Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 -
Integrate Business Central and Microsoft Dataverse with fewer synchronization conflicts Users, automatically Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Support for latest Microsoft Dynamics 365 SDK Users, automatically Aug 3, 2020 Oct 1, 2020

Migrations to Business Central online

Features for migration from Dynamics on-premises products to Business Central online.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Continued enhancements for migrating from Dynamics GP to Business Central Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Historical data migration from Dynamics GP to Azure Data Lake Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Migrate from Business Central 14.x on-premises to Business Central 16.x online Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Migrate from Business Central 15.x on-premises to Business Central 16.x online Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020

Modern clients

In 2020 release wave 2, we shift our focus toward maturing the reliability and usability of current productivity features, including more user options for printing, and ensuring clients are accessible to our diverse set of users.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Updates to page styling Users, automatically Jul 28, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Changes to the action bar in lookup dialog boxes Users by admins, makers, or analysts Jul 31, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Improved accessibility for low-vision users Users, automatically Jul 31, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Page Inspector supports temporary tables Users, automatically Jul 31, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Pages with FactBoxes are more responsive Users, automatically Jul 31, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Report request page can open multiple previews Users, automatically Aug 4, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Update the navigation experience terminology to improve usability Users, automatically Aug 4, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Role Centers open faster Users, automatically Aug 10, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Easy access to production or sandbox environments from the mobile app Users, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 15, 2020
Unblock multifactor authentication for mobile apps Users, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 15, 2020

Modern development tools

As we have made the move entirely to Visual Studio Code, we continue to invest in areas that enhance productivity for developers.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
AppSource apps can store their secrets in Azure Key Vault Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
Code documentation comments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Code region compiler directive Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Delete extension data Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Obsolete implicit and explicit use of 'with' Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Suppress AL warnings Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Aug 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Business Central Performance Toolkit Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 8, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Aligning license checks between sandbox and production environments Users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 11, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Download symbols using initialize snapshot launch configuration Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Dec 2020 Dec 2020
EnvironmentType and environmentName launch.json properties replace sandboxName Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Dec 2020 Dec 2020
Snapshots – troubleshooting in production environments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Feb 2021

Seamless service

No matter the industry type of a small or medium-sized business (SMB), business users expect a dependable service and platform on which to run their business.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Ability for developers and end users to override the system setting for maximum time a report can run Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
Data audit system fields are added to every table Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
On-demand joining of companion tables Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 1, 2020
Debug extension installation and upgrade code Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Sep 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Attach to user session when debugging Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Developers can emit telemetry to Application Insights from AL code Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Extension publishers can get telemetry in Azure Application Insights Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Renaming environments in the Business Central admin center Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Signal about long-running AL execution added to Application Insights telemetry for partners Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Signal from outgoing web service requests added to Application Insights telemetry for partners Users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Signal from web service key authentication added to Application Insights telemetry for partners Users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 30, 2020 Dec 2020

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.

For a list of the countries or regions where Dynamics 365 business applications are available, go to the International availability guide. For more information about geographic areas and datacenters (regions), go to the Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform availability page.