What is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central? And what not?

Yesterday 3/12/2018, MSDynamicsWorld leaked that the name of what we used to know as Dynamics 365 'Tenerife', would be Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Initially this was not to have been released until Thursday 3/15 at Directions ASIA in Bangkok, but the news spread fast.

So fast that Microsoft's Alysa Taylor, the general manager for Business Apps and Strategy, officially announced the new name today

What is Dynamics 365 Business Central?

It is everything what Dynamics 365 for Financials/for Finance and Operations, Business Edition was. That means a modern cloud based software-as-a-service solution, fully integrated to Office, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and Power BI. But it is also a full Microsoft Dynamics NAV, where the previous version only had a subset of NAV.

Dynamics 365 Business Central will be generally available on April 2, 2018, in 14 countries – United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, and Finland, purchased through Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners. Australia and New Zealand will be generally available beginning July 1, 2018.


What does this mean to Dynamics NAV?

Please notice that the announcement does not apply to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. At least not now. The Spring 2018 release, will still be called Dynamics NAV. But according to Microsoft's "roadmap to Tenerife" then after NAV 2018 R2, Business Central will be the name for both on-premise and cloud will the same. This may be in Q4, or it may be later. No announcement of this so far.

So right now, nothing is changed for customers with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. You may relax again!

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