When Dynamics 365 Business Central was publicly launched in April 2018, it arrived in the financial solution market with an impressive repertoire of diverse functionality which made it perfectly suited to SMB organisations in need of a modern, cloud-based tool.
Now six months on, Microsoft’s October 2018 release notes demonstrate their continued commitment to “cloud-first”. This blog aims to lay out exactly what new functions and tools Dynamics 365 Business Central users can expect from this significant update.
An Updated Unified Interface
One of the most obvious differences which separated Dynamics 365 Business Central from its on-premise predecessor, Dynamics NAV, when it was first released was its new ‘Unified Interface’. This new reworked UI provided a sleek and modern user experience, with straightforward navigation.
Feedback since the initial release has led Microsoft to introduce a series of updates to the Dynamics 365 Business Central UI, including more information provided within the taskbar, allowing for easier sitemap navigation, and the addition of colourful highlighting to the interface’s design to reduce clutter.
Delivering a Better Desktop Experience
Although Dynamics 365 Business Central has long been able to provide users with remote access to their solution on any device, Microsoft has not forgotten those who still rely upon their trusty PC. A key feature is improved usability for desktop users.
This usability enhancement is largely thanks to the UI update, with it's simplified and streamlined navigation options, but desktop users will also be able to quickly create new documents, lists, posts and other important entities within Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Another Step towards Business Central Everywhere
Business Central Everywhere refers to Microsoft’s goal of giving both cloud-based and on-premise Business Central users the ability to access and manage their solution remotely. This directly ties in with Microsoft’s aim to establish a true Internet of Things (IoT) through their Azure Cloud platform.
This will allow Business Central users to remotely access, manage and report on the data within their solution on any device, with a consistent quality of performance. In the long term, this will mean all Microsoft Dynamics users will be able to connect and make use of Microsoft’s user-driven knowledge base, the Intelligent Edge.