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 (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.

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
Deprecation of the legacy Dynamics NAV Help Server component End users, automatically - Oct 2020
Improved overview and management of the available database and file capacity Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
Service-to-service authentication for Automation APIs Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
Support for an unlimited number of production and sandbox environments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
Manage irreversible features Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically This feature is released. Jun 10, 2020 Oct 2020
Database access intent changed to read-only for frequently used reports End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020

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 extension End users by admins, makers, or analysts - Oct 2020
Group VAT reporting End users by admins, makers, or analysts - Oct 2020
Default unit cost for non-inventory items End users, automatically This feature is released. May 1, 2020 Oct 2020
Track packages from more types of sales documents End users, automatically This feature is released. May 1, 2020 Oct 2020
Bank reconciliation improvements End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Consolidation file format support for Dynamics 365 Finance End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Auto-resolve Common Data Service conflicts End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Check financial journals in background End users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Notify users of high-risk changes in selected setup fields End users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Use recurring journals to allocate balances by dimension values End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Use the Copy Journal function on Posted General Journals and control date for reversing entries in Recurring General Journals End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Use Word document layouts to customize outgoing customer documents End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Write longer item references End users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Easier to choose the right Role Center End users, automatically Sep 2020 Oct 2020
Improved control over how and when you post WIP entries for jobs to the general ledger End users, automatically Sep 2020 Oct 2020
Use contact Mobile Phone Number and Email consistently across application End users, automatically Sep 2020 Oct 2020
Use conversion templates to convert contacts to vendors and employees End users by admins, makers, or analysts Sep 2020 Oct 2020

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
Business Central in Microsoft Teams End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 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
Expanded country and regional availability End users by admins, makers, or analysts - Oct 2020

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
Common Data Service virtual entities End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 2020 -
Integrate Business Central and Common Data Service with fewer synchronization conflicts End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Support for latest Microsoft Dynamics 365 SDK End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 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 End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 2020 Oct 2020
Historical data migration from Dynamics GP to Azure Data Lake End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 2020 Oct 2020
Migrate from Business Central 14.x on-premises to Business Central 16.x online End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 2020 Oct 2020
Migrate from Business Central 15.x on-premises to Business Central 16.x online End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 2020 Oct 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
Pages with FactBoxes are more responsive End users, automatically This feature is released. Jun 26, 2020 Oct 2020
Updates to page styling End users, automatically This feature is released. Jul 28, 2020 Oct 2020
Basic auth settings deprecated for Contact Sync and Outlook Add-in Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Changes to the action bar in dialogs End users by admins, makers, or analysts Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Report request page can open multiple previews End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Update the navigation experience terminology to improve usability End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Improved accessibility for low-vision users End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Role Centers open faster End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Page Inspector supports temporary tables End users, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Access multiple production or sandbox environments from the mobile apps Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2020 Nov 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
Code documentation comments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Delete extension data Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Performance Regression and Application Benchmark tools Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020

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
Data audit system fields are added to every table Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
Log of admin operations in the Business Central admin center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
On-demand joining of companion tables Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
Renaming environments in the Business Central admin center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
Restoring environments to a point in time in the past Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - Oct 2020
Attach to user session when debugging in sandbox Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Debug extension installation and upgrade code Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Aug 2020 Oct 2020
Sandbox environments can be updated to a Public Preview version Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Sep 2020 Oct 2020
Developers can emit telemetry to Application Insights from AL code Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Oct 2020 Oct 2020
Extension publishers can get telemetry in Azure Application Insights Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Oct 2020 Oct 2020

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.

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