Dataports are similar to XMLports as they are object types that can import and export data. The difference is that the data is encapsulated in text files. This makes it possible to exchange information between different computing systems where XML is not supported. For example, you can use dataports to export data, modify the data in an external program such as Microsoft Office Excel, and then import the modified data into the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database.
There are two reasons to use dataports to export data from Microsoft Dynamics NAV or import data into Microsoft Dynamics NAV: