Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Service Pack 1 – What’s New?

As you’ve been able to read in other blogs both here on DUG and on other websites, then on September 1st Navision 2009 service pack 1 was released in the so-called Group 1 countries. That includes 

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada (English and French)
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • India (English)
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • the Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • the United Kingdom
  • the United States

Additionally, or should I say basically, then the World Wide (W1) version was released. The W1 version is the basic version that Microsoft develops and that all other country localizations are based upon. The W1 version is in English and is also the version used in countries where Microsoft does not have a localized version.

Productivity Improvements for Customers

  • Matrix Pages Redesign that allows an enhanced “one-page” design with in-line editing and interactive refresh
  • Simplified and enhanced Short-Cuts and Arrow Keys
  • Improved “Filter as You Type” with better user productivity and control
  • Direct navigation to Next and Previous Record in Cards
  • Drill Through to Reports from Reports
  • Enhanced Splitter to improve control of page layouts
  • Inline Calculation with use of expressions
  • Improved Data Entry and keyboarding for lists
  • Save View that allows for better tailoring of lists
  • Enhanced Progress Indicator for better end-user feedback
  • Page Search allowing quick discovery and navigation to infrequently used pages and reports
  • Page Enhancements for improved and more intuitive UI style and behavior
  • Microsoft Dynamics Online Connect gives access to up-to-date and targeted online information and training material from Role Centers
  • Revert Local Personalization

Productivity Improvements for Partners

  • Client Extensibility that allows addition of custom controls to the Role Tailored Client
  • “About This Page” that is equivalent to Zoom in the Classic Client
  • “About This Report” aligns the existing zoom on reports with “About This Page”
  • Improvements to Page Designer including Wizards and “Run Page” functionality
  • Improvements to Report Designer
  • Improvements in NAV Server administration and maintenance
  • Server/AD Configuration Tool that simplifies and assists 3-tier set-up

Additional Quality Improvements Include:

  • Implementation of VAT 1:1 relationship with G/L for improved auditing and controlling
  • Improved WIP calculation and cost controlling on Jobs and Resource Orders
  • Reports including Paging for improved performance when loading large reports
  • Web Services including improvements in performance and URL encoding
  • NAV Server including improved Scalability and Performance and support for working across multiple time zones
  • Update of Local Functionality including 13 features for ensuring regulatory compliance

So what does that really mean?

The above is Microsoft’s own list of improvements in NAV 2009 SP1. It really sounds like marketing mambo jambo. And you really both need to understand the current NAV 2009 and read the text 2-3 times before you might understand it. Better yet, please download the NAV 2009 SP1 New Features document.

My personal favorite features are the “About This Page” function. This allows you to get the full data of a record similar to the Ctrl+F8 - Zoom function in the old Classic Client and the re-introduction of the F8 – Copy Previous also known from the old client.

Besides the new features and improvements, then NAV 2009 SP1 includes a large number of error fixes, which in itself are enough to recommend an upgrade to NAV 2009 SP1 ASAP. But actually I’ve not been able to find a list pointing out exactly what has been fixed. This was always included in the old versions.

I have previous been recommending everyone who have been thinking about upgrading from an earlier version of Navision into NAV 2009 to wait until the release of service pack 1. The pre SP1 version of NAV 2009 was ok, but it did contain a number of errors. Many of these errors have now been fixed. But not all! Please check out the release notes on the product DVD, where the know errors are listed.

So just go ahead – upgrade to NAV 2009 SP1 now!

What did other people say about it?

Eric Wauters aka Waldo: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Service Pack 1 – Overview.
Freddy Kristiansen: Web Services changes in NAV 2009 SP1.
Dave Roys aka Gaspode: Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 Preview

Where can you get it?

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partners can download it from Partnersource. And NAV customers with an enhancement plan can download it from CustomerSource. But everybody can download it here from the Dynamics User Group in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision Download section.

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