You may have already seen it in Vjeko’s or Waldo’s blogs, but even so, then I think that this new is so important that it has to be said again. But the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 beta has been released for download on Partnersource.
The biggest change in regards to Dynamics NAV 2013 is that the classic client is no longer available. The Role Tailored client as you know it from Dynamics NAV 2009 is now the primary client and is now called the “Windows Client”. In addition to the Windows Client you now also have a “Web Client” and a “Sharepoint Client”, but all running the same Role Tailored pages/reports. With the dead of the classic client it also means a good bye to the "good old” native database. Now your only database option is Microsoft SQL Server.
When Dynamics NAV 2009 was released there wasn’t a lot of new user features in the application, it was mostly about introducing the new Role Tailored client environment.
In NAV 2013 you will find a lot of new features and a lot of changed functionality. And the list is long, so I’ll just mention the features that I find the most important.
There are of course a lot more new features, you can see them here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh173994%28v=nav.70%29
Besides the new clients (Web and Sharepoint) then there is also a lot of other changes. The classic client actually still exists, but in a scaled down version, now just to be known as the Dynamics NAV Development Environment. Here you have access to the well known object designers.
As we no longer have the real classic client, then we also no longer have access to Forms and DataPorts, as objects they no longer exists.
But now you have the new object type “Query”. A query is a new object in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 that you use to specify a set of data from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database. You can query the database to retrieve fields from a single table or multiple tables. You can specify how to join tables in the query. You can filter the result data. You can specify totaling methods on fields, such as sums and averages.
Report development has also changed, as you now no longer has to create the classic report before you can create the role tailed report. Personally I’m not quite sure that I like the way they have replaced the classic layout with the new “field listing”. To me it seams a bit confusing, but maybe it’s just a learning curve. Also remember that you need to use NAV 2009 to upgrade your old classic reports to role tailored before you can use them in NAV 2013. And instead of Visual Studio 2008 which was used with NAV 2009, then you now need to install Visual Studio 2010, including the Visual Web Developer feature, to change the report layouts.
Read more here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh174007%28v=nav.70%29