Microsoft has released the latest plan for enhancing and updating Dynamics 365 Business Central on April 1, 2022. The Business Central 2022 release wave 1 documents the list of features that are planned to release from April 2022 through September 2022, including the general availability of a Power Platform connector, country expansion, and Teams integration enhancements.
However, some functionality may not be released as scheduled due to which certain features may not be released in defined timelines. So let's take a look at what Microsoft has brought up with its Business Central 2022 Wave 1.
But before heading to the feature enhancements, let's first briefly introduce Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is comprehensive business management, a.k.a. ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution offered by Microsoft for small and mid-sized organizations. It allows businesses to automate and streamlines their business process to produce and maximizes their profit.
Business Central was released publicly On April 2, 2018. While bringing Dynamics 365 Online, Microsoft announced a semi-annual feature update model that will release in April and October. In this year's April release, Microsoft introduced many features.
Here are a few highlights from 2022 release wave 1:
- Application –
In 2022 release wave 1, business central's supply chain and finance capabilities are improved based on the most popular requests for improvement.
- Better with Microsoft 365 –
Microsoft also improved the collaboration on business central data in Microsoft teams and invested in stronger reporting, including better integration with Excel, Enhancements to Microsoft Teams integration, Outlook add-ins popout window enhancements, add email attachments to Business Central records, OneDrive file sharing.
- Country and regional –
In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft brought the availability of Business Central to over 70 countries.
- Development –
Microsoft continues to invest in enhancing tooling capabilities for developers, including stronger AL language, new Telemetry features, and other tooling capabilities.
- Governance and administration –
In 2022 release wave 1, Business Central delivers the new governance and administration features to help IT professionals and administrators to set up managed licensing and permissions.
- Microsoft Power Platform –
In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft improves the integration with Microsoft Dataverse. Power Automate capabilities with the newly available Microsoft Power Platform connector are also improved, making it easier to automate workflow directly from Business Central pages.
- Modern clients –
Improvements to the portfolio of clients with the goal of improving usability, accessibility, performance, and stability with features like - copy link from Share menu, new desktop app delivering full web client experience on desktop is listed in the Microsoft Store, control add-in resiliency, usability improvements to the web client.
- Simplified customer onboarding –
Onboarding is one of the keys focuses in every release wave. Dynamics 365 Business Central continues to simplify and fasten the customer onboarding experience by providing an option for guided introduction to personalize their system, increase productivity, and process adoption.
- Reporting –
Reporting is one of the main features for every business user from both perspectives to get insight into new growth opportunities to share data as a foundation for business planning discussions. In Business Central 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft added the new capabilities for financial reporting with account schedules, new pages for report layout administration, and a new excel design layout feature.
- Service and platform –
The 2022 release wave 1 offers better performance and support-related enhancements to keep Microsoft Business Central a dependable service and platform for you to run your business regardless of the small or midsized business (SMB) industry type.