Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premise released today

As announced at Directions NA, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premise is relesed today and it’s available on now Partnersource from this link. From Partnersource you can download the classic DVD package, but you have also the option to download it from Docker hub. This release also contains the B2B electronic invoice features.

With this latest release, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is renamed Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on premises to be united under the Dynamics 365 Business Central brand. Dynamics NAV customers upgrading to Business Central on premises will enjoy the unique flexibility to continue running on premises, move to the cloud, or adopt a hybrid approach.

You can start working with Dynamics 365 Business Central just now and YES, you can continue to work with C/AL if you need that. Obviously, the suggestion is always what I’ve said from months during all our trainings: start thinking to extensions and AL, start move your existing solutions and don’t wait too much for this jump.

With Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premise you can continue to use your existing object ranges, you can use Files and Dotnet variables, you have again the Windows Client (it’s still the old NAV 2018 client “powered by” Business Central) and you will leverage the power of the Intelligente Edge (we’ll talk about that soon).

Microsoft has announced also the release cycle planning:

  • Minor updates: approximately once a month, only critical bug fixes and features
  • Major updates: every 6 months, both for SaaS and on-premise (same releases).

A new version of the AL language extension is also available on the Visual Studio Marketplace and you can use this new version in all the actually available D365BC releases. The new AL Language extension is also supported by Mac OS.

Also the mobile app is updated and starting from today it supports also the iPhone X 🙂

I remember you the announced roadmap. There’s no more time to wait… 🙂



  1. Hello Stefano,

    We invested in a new high spec SSD drive on-premise server in December 2018, and at the same time upgraded to Dynamics NAV 2018.
    So it is in our interest to stay on premise to recoup our investment.

    If we are growing and need more NAV licenses, what is the impact of us buying more NAV full licenses upon if we wish to upgrade to Business Central in 12 months time?



  2. Actually if you have N NAV licenses and you move to D365BC your licenses is converted from N concurrent to N*3 named users. The upgrade to D365BC requires named users. Your investment is preserved, don’t worry.


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