Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 will be in two releases

An interesting news is silently appeared today on Microsoft PartnerSource site:

Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV 5.0 becomes Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1.

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 ships in March 2007
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1 ships in Q4 CY2007.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 will ship with the C/SIDE client, all the new application features, Microsoft Office 2007 integration, and a technical preview of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1 will ship with the new client, 3-tier architecture and web services

The technology and application scope of the final product will not be affected by this decision. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1 will complete the delivery of Microsoft Dynamics Wave 1 release innovations and move the product closer to the innovations planned in Wave 2.

This is a decision extremely important and Ithink that Microsoft must alert all its partner instead of publishing a silent announce. They have explained that "the reason we are doing this is to ensure the quality and reliability of the final product as this allows us more time to test and stabilize the product with the new Role-based client. All partners will have even more time to learn and become familiar with the new application features before moving to the new Role-based client and technology platform".

Interesting fresh news:

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 includes the following application enhancements:

1) Sales and Purchase Document Approval

  • Approve and reject with comments (with delegation)
  • SMTP mail notification with link to documents

2) Windows Live Local

  • Show locations from NAV on map and get directions from one location to another

3) Prepayments

  • Prepayment invoice on a sales order, based on percentages or amounts
  • Prepayments for purchase

4) Intercompany Purchase Cost Distribution

  • Enhanced with distribution of purchase invoice cost

5) Inventory Costing

  • Improved Traceability, Simplicity and Usability
  • New periodic average costing method

6) Item Tracking

  • Enhanced handling and analysis of “item tracked” items
  • User can search and make analysis based on Lot or Serial numbers
  • First Expired First Out (FEFO) criteria has been strengthened throughout the system

7) Jobs

  • Improved handling of fixed price jobs and better integration to item ledger and tracking
  • IAS compliant WIP and Recognition calculation
  • Redesigned budget structure with task numbers that are mandatory
  • Removal of application system

8) Service Order Handling

  • Improved consumption handling
  • Standardized integration with item tracking, jobs and costing and improved posting of service orders

9)Documentation (UA)

  • Process oriented topics with broad and deep range of information in selected areas
  • Improved organization by added overview topics

10) Office XML

  • Export any form to Word or Excel
  • User defined Style sheets

11) Outlook integration

  • Synchronization with any Microsoft Dynamics NAV entity & any Outlook object
  • Support for Outlook custom forms

12) Link to documents on SharePoint

  • Attach any external document to Microsoft Dynamics NAV records

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1 will ship with two installations – one with the Role-based client and one with the C/SIDE client. It will have a role-based navigation design optimized for many key employee functions that includes 21 role-based home pages with easy-to-access tools and information.

Another key development goal for the 5.1 release is to help enable partners to grow their business. In addition to the opportunities to extend the existing roles and develop new ones, Microsoft will make easier for partners and ISVs to integrate NAV 5.1 with other service-oriented applications via Web services.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1 will have a robust platform based on .NET that will expose configurable web services and developers can use the existing Microsoft Dynamics NAV development environment to build and customize web services based on standard definitions (SOAP/WSE). A toolbox will be available for making C/AL code accessible from a web service. This will make it possible for partners to develop web services and build new applications on Microsoft Dynamics NAV using web services.

It's the time to have Dynamics NAV 5.1 I think...

Print | posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006 7:13 PM