Software lifecycle policy and cloud releases
This topic outlines the lifecycle and support policies for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations online service.
Modern Lifecycle Policy
The Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations online service is covered by the Modern Lifecycle Policy. The Modern Lifecycle Policy covers products and services that are serviced and supported continuously. For more information about this policy, see Modern Lifecycle Policy. Licensed customers must stay current with updates to the Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations online service in accordance with the following servicing and system requirements:
Customers purchasing subscriptions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations after April 1, 2018 will experience continuous updates of the Platform and Financial Reporting. Microsoft will continually update these components with the option to postpone an update for up to 30 days.
Customers who purchased subscriptions to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations prior to April 1, 2018 will be encouraged to move to the latest available platform and financial reporting updates. By July 1, 2018 all customers will receive continual platform and financial reporter updates managed by Microsoft, with the option to postpone for up to 30 days.
Platform versions maintain backward compatibility with the application versions that are supported at the time of the platform release within the application support lifecycle. For more information about platform versions, see Finance and Operations cloud platform monthly updates FAQ.
Critical fixes and non-critical updates are handled in the following way:
Critical fixes – Critical fixes include security fixes and any fixes that are required to adhere to the availability service level agreement (SLA) that the service supports. Critical fixes will be made available in the latest platform update version. In addition, to help protect the customer and the online service, Microsoft might apply critical fixes directly to a customer's Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations environments. If a critical fix must be applied, Microsoft will notify the customer about the required downtime window (if there will be any downtime) and apply the fix to the applicable environment. The critical fix will update the system to the latest platform update version.
Non-critical updates – Customers must update to the most current Finance and Operations platform and financial reporter version to deploy non-critical updates.
Application and Platform releases expire at the end of the month of their software lifecycle.
Dates and versions for Finance and Operations application and platform releases
Table 1: Application releases
For information about the new features included in each release, click the links in the Version column.
|Release||Major or minor release||Version||Build number||Availability||End of Service|
|Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations||Major release||8.0||8.0.30||April 2018||April 2019|
|Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition||Major release||7.3||7.3.11971.56116||December 2017||April 2020*|
|Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition||Major release||July 2017||7.2.11792.56024||June 2017||April 2019|
|Dynamics 365 for Operations||Major release||1611||7.1.1541.3036||November 2016||April 2019|
|Dynamics AX||Minor release||7.0.1||7.0.1265.23014||May 2016||June 2017|
|Dynamics AX||Major release||7.0||7.0.1265.3015||February 2016||June 2017|
* All customers must be on the latest version of Finance and Operations by April 30, 2019. However, we are making an exception for customers who have unfulfilled extension requests that have been submitted to Microsoft. Those customers can be on version 7.3 until April 2020. For more information, see FAQ for Dynamics 365 Update Policies.
Table 2: Platform releases
For information about the new features included in each release, click the links in the Release column.
|Release||Build number||Availability||Expiration date|
|Platform update 20**||7.0.5030||September 2018||N/A (Continuously updated)|
|Platform update 15*||7.0.4841||March 2018||N/A (Continuously updated)|
|Platform update 12||7.0.4709||November 2017||November 2018|
|Platform update 11||7.0.4679.35176||October 2017||October 2018|
|Platform update 10||7.0.4641.16233||August 2017||August 2018|
|Platform update 9||7.0.4612.35162||July 2017||July 2018|
|Platform update 8||7.0.4565.16212||June 2017||June 2018|
|Platform update 7||7.0.4542.16189||May 2017||May 2018|
|Platform update 6||7.0.4509.16180||April 2017||April 2018|
|Platform update 5||7.0.4475.16165||March 2017||March 2018|
|Platform update 4||7.0.4425.16161||February 2017||February 2018|
|Platform update 3||7.0.4307.16141||November 2016||November 2017|
|Platform update 2||7.0.4230.16130||August 2016||August 2017|
|Platform update 1||7.0.4127.16103||May 2016||May 2017|
|Platform 7.0||7.0.4030.16079||February 2016||January 2017|
** Platform updates 16, 17, 18, and 19 have not been made generally available.
* Platform updates 13 and 14 have not been made generally available.
Table 3: Application updates
The application updates listed below consist of a small subset of application enhancements released on top of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations versions 8.0, 7.3, and 7.2 (July 2017). These updates do not affect the support lifecycle of the release--support is in-line with the policies for each release.
Note that application updates are not cumulative. The individual packages only contain the enhancements that were included in that specific release. However, if there is a dependency between two packages, then both packages will be included.
For information about the new features included in each update, click the links in the Version column.
* The link points to a Knowledge Base (KB) article. You must log in to Lifecycle Services (LCS) to view the KB article.
Platform updates are compatible with all application versions that are supported at the time of release.
Table 4: Downloadable virtual hard drive (VHD) releases
Use of the VHDs is subject to the Software license terms.
|Release||VHD name||VHD expiration date|
|Platform update 12 / Application release 7.2||FinandOps7.2PlatUpdate12.vhd||May 24, 2018|
|Platform update 12 / Application release 7.3||FinandOps7.3PlatUpdate12.vhd||June 05, 2018|
|Platform update 15 / Application release 7.3||FinandOps7.3withPlatUpdate15||December 08, 2018|