What's new and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

This topic lists features that are planned to release from October 2019 through March 2020. 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.

Application enhancements

We will continue to enhance the application through our focus on performance in the most used areas. The Business Central Ideas site continues to be a source for application enhancements.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Cancel issued reminders and finance charge memos End users, automatically October 2019
Carry line descriptions to general ledger entries when posting End users, automatically October 2019
Write larger item cross-reference numbers End users, automatically October 2019

Application lifecycle management

Once partners have customers live on Business Central, there is an immediate need to be able to manage the lifecycle of the customer, the solution, provide support, manage updates, testing, and so on. We will continue our investment in expanding the scope of the tools available to partners.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Ability to download a database backup file Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Improvements in update testing and preparation Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Multiple production environments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
New option to report production outage in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Support for performant data upgrade from C/AL tables to AL tables Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019

Migrations to Business Central online

This area details our migrations to Business Central online roadmap.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Enhancements for customer migration tools Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019

Modern clients

We accelerate our investment in speed and productivity features for the modern browser experience, achieving a major milestone in its transformation into a world-class desktop experience for new and expert users alike.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Add links to your navigation menu End users, automatically October 2019
Customize a user profile without writing code End users, automatically October 2019
Enhancements to Excel integration End users, automatically October 2019
Filtering option fields by multiple values End users, automatically October 2019
Full keyboard shortcut support End users, automatically October 2019
Multi-tasking across multiple pages End users, automatically October 2019
Personalize actions and navigation on your Home page End users, automatically October 2019
Powerful filtering for reports End users, automatically October 2019
Resize columns with less clicks End users, automatically October 2019
Saving and personalizing list views End users, automatically October 2019
Speed and agility of data entry End users, automatically October 2019
Switch between companies in your Business Inbox in Outlook End users, automatically October 2019
Add notes and links to data End users, automatically October 2019
Easy access to a capability overview End users, automatically October 2019
Modern clients only for Business Central Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019

Modern developer tools

For the 2019 release wave 2, Business Central retires the legacy development tool, C/SIDE, and development language, C/AL, replacing them with a modern solution based on Visual Studio Code, Azure DevOps, and an AL language that supports an extension-based approach to customization.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Access modifiers Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Attach and debug next Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Base application delivered as AL applications Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Code documentation attributes Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Database insights made available in AL Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Improved app dependency handling on build and deploy Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
More power to developers using Designer Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Translating other extensions Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019

Empower ISV acceleration

We will focus on empowering ISV acceleration in developing new solutions, moving IP from the source code customization model to Business Central. The ecosystem is extremely broad, but a small concentrated set of ISVs drive the majority of the sales and usage. We will focus on enabling those core ISVs.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Design for extensibility Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019

Service fundamentals

Laser focus on performance, reliability, supportability and security is essential to ensure that service quality remains ahead of the growth in service usage. Accessibility, already in a strong position, must be preserved.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Lock-free number series End users, automatically October 2019
New Support Request option in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Page Background Tasks Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Partners can enter support contact details in the Business Central Administration Center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019
Surrogate keys Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 2019

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.