Navision Financials 1.00 is released in Spring 1995. It was the first Navision release running as a true Microsoft Windows application.
Navision had written a completely new application. Not just a DOS program ported to run on Windows using a screen scraper, like it's Danish competitor Damgaard Concorde XAL (the mother of Dynamics AX). Navision didn't take any short cuts.
When Navision Financials was released it was perhaps the only financial application which lived 100% up to the requirements in Microsoft's design guidelines made for Windows 95. In fact Navision made a long list of areas where Microsoft didn't apply to their own design requirements.
Navision tried to apply the same and very strong requirements to their new add-on certifications program. In the period the program officially was in effect in Denmark they only got one program certified, a Danish payroll application, that after only one year had to shut down. The certification requirements were too difficult to fulfill.
The name Navision Financials was used until 2001. Here version 3.0 was called Navision Solutions 3.00. Which was changed to Navision Attain, before it was released in most countries.
In October 1995 the Navision Online User Group is started by Erik P. Ernst. It was the first Navision community on the internet. And more or less the only website about Navision. At this time navision.com didn't link to Navision Software, but to a small website of a company in San Fransisco called The Navigators. But they didn't have any relation with our Navigator or Navision. The global website was for many years using navision.dk as their domain name.
The user group NOLUG was also unique due to being the only place online, where Navision professionals and users could "meet" and discuss problems and ideas with the system. Until then there had only Navision's partners only online support bulletin board systems (BBS), accessible only via modem, and only for users in your own country.
Already when Navision 3.0 (for DOS) was released in 1990 a lot of partners had developed their own add-ons. Specialized solutions for special industries. And in order for their partners to be able to sell to more advanced customers, they had to build the solutions themselves. So partners had to build fixed assets, advanced warehousing, manufacturing, CRM and bank integration. And they did. Many of the best of these add-ons have later become standard functionality in Navision. Something which often was very visible, when looking the objects. As they did often follow and use very different development patterns, at term not really discussed until the NAV community started writing about it in 2011-12.
As the first of the new functional areas Contact Management / CRM functionality was introduced in 1997 with Navision Financials 2.0.
In 1998 and Navision 2.50 [[Navision Manufacturing] followed and in 1999 Navision Advanced Distribution. In the first years, manufacturing and distribution was not integrated into the standard packages, but was sold as separate versions of NAV.
Navision 3.56.A released in 1998 became the last official update to the character based version.
In the 6 years leading up the IPO in March 1999, the yearly growth in average had been 62%. The year from 1998/99 it was 97%.
In the last half of the decade Navision Software had started buying up most of their distributors around the world. In 1999 they had subsidiaries in 15 countries. The goal was to get into a lot more countries. And they needed the investors to make this happen.
The IPO was a huge success. 6 months later you could read in the newspapers that the three founders now were worth 6 billion Danish Crowns (appx. 1 billion USD). But they were not the only who benefited from the IPO. All employees also had stock options.