Business Central everywhere

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These release notes describe functionality that may not have been released yet. To see when this functionality is planned to release, please review the “Summary of what’s new” page in the contents to the left. Delivery timelines and projected functionality may change or may not ship (see Microsoft policy).

With the October '18 release, Dynamics NAV transitions to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises.

Since Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central share the same code base, the transition for customers from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central is as seamless as just another Dynamics NAV upgrade. Upon upgrading, they receive the new, refreshed, and highly productive user experience of Business Central, and the name of their product changes from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

With the October '18 release, we are bringing the Business Central web-based modern productivity features and user experience to the on-premises and hybrid customers upgrading from Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Users connecting to on-premises, hybrid, or cloud deployments of Business Central (regardless of how they connect) will all benefit from the same productive and refreshed user interface and features.

This ensures an easier transition and shorter learning curve for new-employee onboarding—all on top of new capabilities of cloud and AI-powered insights and data analytics for the Business Central customer, especially with cloud and hybrid versions.

The Dynamics 365 Business Central universal app is able to connect to cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployments of Business Central. That app is available for:

  • Windows 10 (desktop, tablet, and phone)
  • Android (tablet and phone)
  • iOS (tablet and phone)

The full desktop mode is supported on computers running Windows 10.

For more information on mobile/companion apps for Business Central, see Getting Business Central on your mobile device.

Note

The Dynamics NAV app remains available in the app store for customers still working on the Dynamics NAV platform and planning to migrate later to Business Central (on-premises, hybrid, or cloud).

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central hybrid deployment

While Business Central is a cloud-first service, customers who need to run their workloads on-premises or on the intelligent edge connected to the cloud can now do so. With Business Central, once customers sign up for the service in the cloud, they have the option to deploy it locally to their choice of hardware. While they are running Business Central on their own hardware, customers will have a tenant in the cloud, and the data from the customers' hardware will be replicated to the cloud for intelligent cloud scenarios. At all times, customers are informed of their “cloud ready” status, so when they’re ready to transition completely to the cloud, it’s a simple step.

The customer data is always uploaded to the cloud from on-premises (customers can opt out if desired) to bring the intelligent cloud capabilities to the Business Central deployments on the intelligent edge. Business Central will be licensed through CSP, at the same price, regardless of where the customer (through a partner) deploys their solution.

Partners are still able to customize on-premises solutions through code customization. However, when they do that, they will receive warnings that their solution has become disconnected from the cloud and the intelligent edge. That is, their path to the cloud is disconnected until they refactor their legacy customizations and add-ons into an extension. Upon doing so, Business Central will let them know they are again connected to the cloud and the intelligent edge. Microsoft will continue to support on-premises code customizations; however, we highly recommend that partners refactor their apps and customizations into extensions to benefit from continuous updates and the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge.

Tell us what you think

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