Deprecation of the legacy Dynamics NAV Help Server component

Important

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Enabled for Public preview General availability
End users, automatically - Oct 2020

Business value

The lightweight website has served the community fairly well, but it has not matured beyond the first version that shipped 10 years ago. By deprecating the component, we simplify our story for how to deploy help for Business Central apps and solutions.

Feature details

The legacy Dynamics NAV Help Server component will be deprecated in 2021 release wave 1 (version 18). The deprecation will not affect current deployments of the website. If a customer is on a version between Dynamics NAV 2016 and Business Central 2020 release wave 2 on-premises and relying on Help Server to provide access to Help, then nothing changes. When they upgrade to Business Central 2021 release wave 1, they must host their custom Help on another type of website.

Over the course of the coming eight months, we will provide guidance, tools, and tips for moving existing content to different types of websites. Starting with the current release wave, 2020 release wave 2, we recommend that new solutions do not rely on the Help Server component due to the upcoming deprecation.

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