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.

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 (✔️) 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
Improved overview and management of the available database and file capacity Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Log of admin operations in the Business Central admin centre Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Service-to-service authentication for Automation APIs Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020

Support for additional Azure AD roles for the customer admins

to access Business Central admin centre

End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Support for an unlimited number of production and sandbox environments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Manage irreversible features Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Jun 10, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Database access intent changed to read-only for frequently used reports End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 3, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Deprecation of the legacy Dynamics NAV Help Server component End users, automatically ✔️Aug 3, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Speed up low-level code calculations End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️Aug 3, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Disable Integration Records and Integration Management End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Sep 8, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Schedule data update of application features enabled through Feature Management End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Sep 8, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Restoring environments to a point in time in the past Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically Dec 2020 Feb 2021

 

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 End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
VAT group reporting End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Default unit cost for non-inventory items End users, automatically ✔️ May 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Track packages from more types of sales documents End users, automatically ✔️ May 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Consolidation file format support for Dynamics 365 Finance End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Auto-resolve Common Data Service conflicts End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 3, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Check financial journals in background End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Aug 3, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020

Improved control over how and when you post WIP entries

for jobs to the general ledger

End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 3, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Write longer item references End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Aug 3, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020

Use the copy journal function on Posted General Journals

and control date for reversing entries in Recurring General Journals

End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 4, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Use Word document layouts to customize outgoing customer documents End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 4, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Easier to choose the right Role Center End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 5, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Remove coupling of records integrated with Common Data Service in bulk End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Sep 8, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020

Restore synchronization defaults for Common Data Service integration

for selected Integration Table Mapping

End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Sep 8, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Use contact mobile phone number and email consistently across application End users, automatically ✔️ Sep 8, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Use conversion templates to convert contacts to vendors and employees End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Sep 8, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Define retention policies Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Notify users of high-risk changes in selected setup fields End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Aug 3, 2020 Nov 2020
Use recurring journals to allocate balances by dimension values End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 2020 Nov 2020
Enhanced email capabilities End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Aug 3, 2020 Nov 2020
Bank reconciliation improvements End users, automatically Dec 2020 Feb 2021

 

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 1, 2020 ✔️  Oct 1, 2020
Historical data migration from Dynamics GP to Azure Data Lake End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️  Oct 1, 2020 ✔️  Oct 1, 2020
Migrate from Business Central 14.x on-premises to Business Central 16.x online End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️  Oct 1, 2020 ✔️  Oct 1, 2020
Migrate from Business Central 15.x on-premises to Business Central 16.x online End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️  Oct 1, 2020 ✔️  Oct 1, 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
Updates to page styling End users, automatically ✔️ Jul 28, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Changes to the action bar in lookup dialog boxes End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Jul 31, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Improved accessibility for low-vision users End users, automatically ✔️ Jul 31, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Page Inspector supports temporary tables End users, automatically ✔️ Jul 31, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Pages with FactBoxes are more responsive End users, automatically ✔️ Jul 31, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Report request page can open multiple previews End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 4, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Update the navigation experience terminology to improve usability End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 4, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Role Centres open faster End users, automatically ✔️ Aug 10, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Easy access to production or sandbox environments from the mobile app End users, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 Nov 2020
Unblock multifactor authentication for mobile apps End users, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 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
AppSource apps can store their secrets in Azure Key Vault Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Code documentation comments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Aug 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Code region compiler directive Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Aug 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Delete extension data Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Aug 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Obsolete implicit and explicit use of ‘with’ Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Aug 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Suppress AL warnings Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Aug 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Business Central Performance Toolkit Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Sep 8, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Aligning license checks between sandbox and production environments End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Sep 11, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Snapshots – troubleshooting in production environments Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 Dec 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

Ability for developers and end users to override the system

setting for maximum time a report can run

Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Data audit system fields are added to every table Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
On-demand joining of companion tables Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Debug extension installation and upgrade code Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Sep 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Attach to user session when debugging Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Developers can emit telemetry to Application Insights from AL code Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Extension publishers can get telemetry in Azure Application Insights Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020
Renaming environments in the Business Central admin center Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020

Signal about long-running AL execution added to Application

Insights telemetry for partners

End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020

Signal from outgoing web service requests added to Application

Insights telemetry for partners

End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Oct 1, 2020 ✔️ Oct 1, 2020

Signal from web service key authentication added to Application

Insights telemetry for partners

End users by admins, makers, or analysts ✔️ Sep 30, 2020 Dec 2020