What's new and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

This topic lists features that are planned to release from April 2021 through September 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 2 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 2021 release wave 1 delivers a set of features that are designed to simplify and improve the way partners administer tenants, and the way administrators manage licensing and permissions.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Partner telemetry – signal when a field was added to or removed from field monitoring Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Schedule the installation of per-tenant extensions using the Automation API Users, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
System requirement for the database relaxed to compatibility mode Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Improve the reliability of the database export operation for larger databases with more companies Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Improvements for the delegated administrators Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Reassign an environment from one Azure Active Directory organization to another (through Microsoft Support) Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021

Application

With Business Central 2021 release wave 1, we'll deliver features for some of the most requested areas for improvement, such as banking, payments, and continued improvements to performance.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Signal about document posting added to Application Insights telemetry for partners Users by admins, makers, or analysts Dec 1, 2020 Apr 1, 2021
Assisted setup helps move the task of adjusting item costs to the background Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Automatic creation of lot and serial number information cards Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Bank reconciliation improvements Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Bin codes in jobs Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Changes in synchronization between contact and customer or vendor Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Define lot sizes for various stages of production Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Dimension corrections (for G/L Entries) Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Easy contact insights and access to history of interactions with contacts Users by admins, makers, or analysts Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Inventory documents – new capability to adjust your inventory Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Monitor inventory and transaction flow with Availability by Lot window Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
More control over settings for Default Dimensions Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Payment reconciliation journal improvements Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Simplified bank statement file import Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Variant code added to production order header, plus limited support for production BOMs and routes on stockkeeping units Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Advanced localization pack for Czech (extension) (Czechia) Users, automatically Mar 17, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Compensations localization for Czechia (extension) Users, automatically Mar 17, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Fixed assets localization for Czech (extension) (Czechia) Users, automatically Mar 17, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Send documents as emails with any attached files automatically added as email attachments Users, automatically - Apr 29, 2021
Support authentication of an SMTP connection using OAuth 2.0 Users by admins, makers, or analysts - Apr 29, 2021
Edit active prices in Prices Overview and implement price changes using Price Worksheet Users by admins, makers, or analysts Apr 7, 2021 May 3, 2021
Dimension issues detection and repair tool Users, automatically Jul 2021 Jul 2021

Better with Microsoft 365

In Business Central 2021 release wave 1, we made collaborative business processes in Microsoft Teams more efficient, we add support for Universal Print, and we harden the Excel and Outlook add-ins.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Support cloud printing using Microsoft Universal Print Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Enablement of Word merge in Business Central Users, automatically Mar 10, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Search for customers, vendors, and other contacts from Microsoft Teams Users, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 9, 2021
Editing in Excel more reliably Users, automatically - Apr 22, 2021

Country and regional

The 2021 release wave 1 brings Dynamics 365 Business Central to more countries with release in India, Greece, Romania, and Turkey. In this release wave we will also enable Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Country and regional expansion – Greece Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Country and regional expansion – India Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Country and regional expansion – Romania Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Country and regional expansion – Turkey Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Moving the tracking of custom declarations (RU) into an extension Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Country/regional expansion – Algeria Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Bangladesh Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Egypt Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Kenya Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Lebanon Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Luxembourg Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Malta Users, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Morocco Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Nigeria Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Qatar Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Saudi Arabia Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Sri Lanka Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021
Country/regional expansion – Tunisia Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically May 1, 2021 Jul 2021

Microsoft Power Platform

With Business Central 2021 release wave 1, we improve integration with Microsoft Dataverse and Microsoft Power Platform.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Virtual tables for Microsoft Dataverse Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Apr 1, 2021 -
Synchronize item availability from Business Central to Dynamics 365 Sales Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Enable Power BI connector to work with Business Central APIs, instead of with web services only Users, automatically Mar 24, 2021 Jun 2021

Modern clients

The 2021 release wave 1 brings improvements to performance, usability, and printing.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Client performance improvements Users, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Usability enhancements for the Business Central web client Users, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Enable cloud printing on mobile app (phone and tablet) and from Microsoft Teams app Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Users can change the assigned printer before printing a report Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021

Modern development tools

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

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Background sessions now have a timeout Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Barcode Encoder Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Exclude FlowFields and fields outside repeater from ETag (OData) Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Extension publishers can get page view telemetry in Application Insights Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Limit recursion level in AL session creation Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Partners can add keys (indexes) to base tables and table extensions Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Use one-dimensional barcodes in reports (Business Central online) Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Interface – handling removed enum extension value Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Interface – obsolete support Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Return record link instead of name when using lookups Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Returning complex types Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Additional dimensions in Item Tracking as foundation for vertical solutions Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Improved extensibility of reservation management Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
New AL objects – Entitlement, PermissionSet, and PermissionSetExtension Users by admins, makers, or analysts Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Report extensibility Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Extension lifecycle telemetry include signal from dependent extensions Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - May 1, 2021
Extension validation on upgrade Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically Jul 2021 Jul 2021
Save report dataset to Excel from the request page Users by admins, makers, or analysts Jul 2021 Jul 2021

Onboarding

With the 2021 release wave 1, customers can get to productive usage faster.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Getting started checklists for guided and faster initial setup Users, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Improved company setup experience Users, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
In-app contextual help improvements Users, automatically Feb 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Improve the experience of getting started with Power BI Users, automatically Mar 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Install and uninstall AppSource apps using the Business Central admin center API Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - May 2, 2021
Support for migrating data from earlier on-premises versions of Business Central to 2021 release wave 1 (v.18) Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - May 10, 2021

Seamless service

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

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Partner telemetry – upgrade tag signal Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Apr 1, 2021
Service-to-service authentication Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - Jul 2021

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.