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The changing face of Microsoft Dynamics NAV: Microsoft’s latest announcements

At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this month, Microsoft made a couple of large announcements about the future of Dynamics NAV.

Cloud-based

The first and most significant piece of news is that Dynamics NAV is now available able to be run on Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure. This means a third deployment option for organisations on top of on-premise and partner-hosted. This is something Microsoft has been talking about for quite a long time, so it is good to see that they have delivered on this promise. Intergen expects to bring an Azure option to its clients by the start of 2014.

Sicily’s coming

The second – and related – piece of news is that in the final quarter of this year Microsoft will release its next version of Dynamics NAV, which has been codenamed Sicily but will be officially NAV 2013 R2. A large number of the updates included in the new version will provide technical capabilities which will make hosting on Azure easier but there are also some nice functional updates and improvements to the web client.

Microsoft is positioning the NAV 2013 R2 release around four pillars: Instant Value, One Microsoft, Services, and Devices.

FY 14: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 focus

At Microsoft’s Convergence conference in March we were told that the web client was going to be a focus of the following releases. We see from the R2 previews that the web client has a cleaner interface with charting controls that were missing from previous versions and a look that is more in line with Office 365. 

Speaking of Office 365, we are expecting tighter integration between Dynamics NAV and Office 365, particularly with sending to and from Excel, and also KPI web services which can be consumed in Excel. 

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 web client

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 web client

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here.

Posted by: Derek Lamb, Solution Specialist, Dynamics Solutions | 25 July 2013

Tags: Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Dynamics NAV Sicily, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, NAV roadmap


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