The SQL Server option for Navision is released with 2.50 in 1999.
Initially Navision stated that the release of a SQL version was delayed to wait for SQL 7.0 since there were issues running on SQL 6.5.
But the version released for SQL Server 6.5 was very unstable, and causes many to get a very bad taste for Navision on SQL Server.
Customers on Navision 2.50 and SQL had serious consistency issues, and were advised to move to version 2.60 ASAP.
Version 2.50 also included the first webshop for Navision. Watch the video here or on YouTube:
Soon after NAV 2.50 was released, the new Navision Manufacturing was released. This was the first "official" manufacturing package available for Navision.
Partners and customers had requested this functionality for years. In Navision's "motherland" of Denmark there was already several partners with very good manufacturing functionality. One of them, the package made by Danish PCA A/S (not PC&C) had been translated and localized by New York Navision partner BMI in 1998. But soon after the announcement of this becoming as a part of Navision, then all further sales of this add-on in the US dries out. Customers what the official product.
This first release was not what partners and customers had expected. Not only was it initial very buggy, and in many ways didn't work as expected of an MRP system.
But most important, Navision Manufacturing was not release as part of standard Navision Financials, but as a separate Navision installation. And the way it was done, made it almost impossible to implement for an existing customer, without doing a new installation.
The way continued with Navision 2.60, where the Navision Advanced Distribution package was released in the same fashion. In Navision Attain (3.00) Manufacturing became part of the same base as the rest of NAV.