Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Release Wave 1

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To date, we have reviewed the first wave of 2020 updates for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, two components of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. Now we will review the current and upcoming updates for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, an ERP solution optimized for small-to-medium enterprises.

Here are all the new and expanded features for Business Central slated for release between April and September.

Application enhancements

  • Extend ListPlus pages previously based on the Date virtual table (April 1)
  • Extend price calculation (April 1)
  • QR-Bill management for Switzerland (April 1)
  • Auto-insert recurring sales and purchase lines (April 1)
  • Enhanced customer and vendor document layout (April 1)
  • Manage direct-debit collections in Service Management (April 1)
  • Multiple languages (April 1)
  • Notify requester about all changes for an approval request (April 1)
  • Print to attachment (April 1)
  • Productivity improvements in permissions management (April 1)
  • Receive more items than ordered (April 1)
  • Register capacity in units of seconds (April 1)
  • Revert Qty. to Invoice when canceling order (April 1)
  • Advanced planning parameters included in the Essentials experience (April 1)
  • Use resources in purchase documents (April 1)
  • Bank reconciliation improvements (June 2020)
  • Use modern authentication to connect to Common Data Service and Dynamics 365 Sales (June 2020)
  • Improved user experience to keep things from going wrong (June 2020)

Application lifecycle management

  • Start immediate environment updates in the administration center (April 1)
  • Sandbox environment picker (April 23)
  • Installing AppSource apps updates in the Business Central administration center (June 2020)

Country and regional availability

  • Expanded country and regional availability (April 1)

Microsoft Power Platform

  • Business Central integration with Common Data Service (April 2)

Migrations to Business Central online

  • Enhanced Dynamics GP Chart of Accounts migration (April 1)
  • Migrate all or only active customer master records from Dynamics GP (April 1)
  • Migrate all or only active vendor master records from Dynamics GP (April 1)
  • Enhanced Dynamics GP inventory data migration (April 1)
  • Migrate data from Business Central 14.x on-premises to Business Central 15.x online (June 2020)

Modern clients

  • Collapse and expand document lines (April 1)
  • Disable export of data to Excel (April 1)
  • Enable non-interactive printing in the cloud (April 1)
  • Enhanced mobile accessibility related to device orientation (April 1)
  • Enter data more easily (April 1)
  • Import profiles and UI customizations (April 1)
  • Improvements to filter expressions (April 1)
  • Navigate trees more easily (April 1)
  • Optimized use of space on a page (April 1)
  • Pages open faster (April 1)
  • Resiliency of UI customizations (April 1)
  • Sharing links to records (April 1)
  • Show and go to related records from a list (April 1)
  • Unhide parts on a page (April 1)
  • Use the Find function on the Role Explorer (April 1)
  • Long-running operations can be canceled from the web client (April 2)
  • New URL parameter hides web client header (June 2020)

Modern developer tools

  • Application version for aliasing base application (April 1)
  • Camera/location AL API available in the browser (April 1)
  • Multiple variable declarations of the same type in the same line (April 1)
  • Ability to refactor a field from a table to a table extension (April 1)
  • AL interfaces (April 2)
  • Look up events and insert event subscriber in code (April 2)
  • Obsolete tag property (April 2)


  • Improved onboarding experience (April 1)

Partner acceleration

  • Design for extensibility (April 1)
  • API for continuous delivery of the Business Central apps via Azure DevOps services (July 2020)

Service fundamentals

  • Enable features ahead of time (April 1)
  • Ability to see current database locks (April 1)
  • Ability to see table sizes (April 1)
  • Ability to view a list of sessions and cancel one or more of them (April 1)
  • Performance of web service requests and reports added to Application Insights telemetry for partners (April 1)
  • Read scale-out (April 1)
  • Resource limits for reports and web service calls (April 1)
  • Company lifecycle telemetry in Application Insights for partners (June 2020)
  • Extension lifecycle telemetry in Application Insights for partners (July 2020)
  • Update error telemetry in Application Insights for partners (July 2020)

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