What's new and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

This topic lists features that are planned to release from October 2019 through March 2020. Because this topic lists features that may not have released yet, delivery timelines may change and projected functionality may not be released (see Microsoft policy).

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.

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

Application enhancements

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

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Allow non-sequential numbering End users, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Cancel reminders and finance charge memos End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Carry line descriptions to G/L entries when posting End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Create records and convert prospects with better templates End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Use the Copy Document function on blocked lines End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Aged Accounts Payable includes External Document Number field End users, automatically This feature is released. Sep 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Batch-post sales and purchases as scheduled End users, automatically This feature is released. Sep 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Reconcile payables with the External Document Number field End users, automatically This feature is released. Sep 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Specify default purchasing method on item cards End users, automatically This feature is released. Oct 22, 2019 This feature is released. Nov 1, 2019
Undo shipment or receipt lines for non-item types End users, automatically This feature is released. Oct 22, 2019 This feature is released. Nov 1, 2019
Use receipt date when customizing the Purchase Order report Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Oct 22, 2019 This feature is released. Nov 1, 2019
Use the Post and New action on purchase documents End users, automatically This feature is released. Oct 22, 2019 This feature is released. Nov 1, 2019
Include job information in archived sales and purchase documents End users, automatically Nov 2019 Dec 2019
Use VAT clauses on different document types Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Nov 2019 Dec 2019
View item availability by unit of measure End users, automatically Nov 2019 Dec 2019
View the number of general journal lines End users, automatically Nov 2019 Dec 2019

Application lifecycle management

Once partners have customers live on Business Central, there is an immediate need to be able to manage the lifecycle of the customer, the solution, provide support, manage updates, testing, and so on. We will continue our investment in expanding the scope of the tools available to partners.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Detailed notifications for update events Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Multiple production environments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Report production outage in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Support for performant data upgrade from C/AL tables to AL tables Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Ability to download a database export file Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Nov 2019

Empower ISV acceleration

The Dynamics NAV business has been driven by strong vertical ISV solutions, surrounded by add-on solutions. For the 2019 release wave 2, our focus will be on streamlining the path for ISVs to bring their solutions – and in turn their customers – to Business Central online.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Design for extensibility Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019

Migrations to Business Central online

This area details our migrations to Business Central online roadmap.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Enhancements for customer migration tools Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019

Modern clients

We accelerate our investment in speed and productivity features for the modern browser experience, achieving a major milestone in its transformation into a world-class desktop experience for new and expert users alike.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Add links to your navigation menu End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Add notes and links to data End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Enhancements to Excel integration End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Filter reports more efficiently End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Full keyboard shortcut support End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
General user experience adjustments End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Get an overview of all business features End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Identify the company by a badge End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Longer timeout period for the server connection End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Modern clients only for Business Central Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Personalize actions on your Role Center End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Resize columns with fewer clicks End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Save and personalize list views End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Switch between companies in your business inbox in Outlook End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Multitask across multiple pages End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 15, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Customize user profiles without writing code End users, automatically This feature is released. Sep 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Enter data with speed and agility End users, automatically This feature is released. Sep 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Filter option fields by multiple values End users, automatically This feature is released. Sep 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019

Modern developer tools

For the 2019 release wave 2, Business Central retires the legacy development tool, C/SIDE, and development language, C/AL, replacing them with a modern solution based on Visual Studio Code, Azure DevOps, and an AL language that supports an extension-based approach to customization.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Translating other extensions Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Access modifiers Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Attach and debug next Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Base application delivered as AL applications Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Convert tables from C/AL definitions to AL table definitions Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Database insights made available in AL Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Filtering XmlPort Objects End users by admins, makers, or analysts This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Implementing hierarchical menus End users by admins, makers, or analysts This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Improved app dependency handling on build and deploy Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
More power to developers using Designer Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019

Service fundamentals

Laser focus on performance, reliability, supportability and security is essential to ensure that service quality remains ahead of the growth in service usage. Accessibility, already in a strong position, must be preserved.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
New Support Request option in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Partners can enter support contact details in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Lock-free number series End users, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Page background tasks Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019
Surrogate keys Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Aug 1, 2019 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019

Description of Enabled for column values:

  • End users, automatically: These features include change(s) to the user experience for end users and are enabled automatically.

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

  • End 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 end users.

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