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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition represents the next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) offering from Microsoft. It is designed to enable the entire ERP application suite as a cloud-based solution, for both public and private clouds, as well as on-premises. It leverages the speed, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness of working in the cloud, while building on the latest technology from Microsoft. This release introduces significant changes to the development experience. These changes include:

  • Development tools that are decoupled from any running environment. You develop against local, XML-based files, not the online database.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio replaces MorphX as the development environment. The Visual Studio environment is customized to provide you with a smooth and familiar experience.
  • The X++ compiler generates Common Intermediate Language (CIL) for all features. CIL is the same intermediate language used by other .NET-based (managed) languages, such as the C# programming language.
  • New browser-based client and new design patterns for forms that you can leverage to provide an improved end-user experience.
  • The new Application Lifecycle Model (ALM) for build automation, test automation, and deployment of models to the cloud.


Getting started

Fleet Management

Development tools


Tools, models, and VMs

X++ programming language


Language support


Customize with extensions and overlayering

Code migration

Migrate your code

To migrate your code, use the "Migrate and Create Solutions" methodology in Lifecycle Services.

Key concepts

The following links (also included in the methodology) describe key concepts and steps in the migration process. The links are listed here in the order that we recommend you read them.

Additional concepts

Move packages between environments

Service environments


User interface concepts

The client is an HTML web client that runs in all major browsers. For information about developing and customizing the user interface, see the User interface development home page.




Reporting services

Data entities and OData


Testing support in Visual Studio

Office integration

Build workspaces



Mobile platform

Global finance management


Supply chain management

See also

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