Microsoft announced today that the April 2019 release notes for Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform are now available for download. These notes cover all products within these platforms, but for readers of this blog, you’re likely most interested in what’s coming for Business Central.

You can get the release notes here.

A few highlights of new end-user functionality for Business Central are:

  • Base application as an app (!!)
    • Yes, one of the things I’m looking forward to most is that we’re getting the base application moved from CAL objects to 2 AL extensions – system and application. Yes, the end of C/Side is coming.
  • Add multiple items to a sales or purchase order at once.
  • Name and description fields on master/document/journal records increased from 50 to 100 characters.
    • Watch out for this one in your ISV solutions as you may need to increase your field sizes to match!
  • New Physical Inventory Order and Physical Inventory Recording interfaces to enhance physical inventory functionality.
  • Set an expiration date for your sales quotes.
  • Merge duplicate customer and vendor records (!!).
  • Configurable reports for warehouse documents.
  • Save your filtered list views (!!).
  • Document focus mode – expend the item section on documents to see more data for faster entry.
  • More keyboard shortcuts – show/hide fact box, add item, previous/next navigation, etc.
  • Adjust field importance via personalization.
  • Page inspection – See all data elements of the current page record…….think the old ‘page zoom’ but even better!

The April 2019 release also includes improvements for developers working with AL extensions, such as:

  • Optimizing the experience of using VS Code with large projects.
  • new Outline View to show the symbol tree in teh current editor.
  • The in-client designer no longer makes dependencies on all apps, only the ones that have been used in the designer.
  • Attach to an existing client session for debugging.
  • Code Actions – have VS Code suggest ways to improve your code.
  • More protection for ISV’s over their IP.
  • Standard web API moving out of beta. Will support webhooks, OAS 3.0, OData v4, and versioning.

As noted in the release notes, the above features are things that are slated to be released anywhere between April 2019 and September 2019. Some of the features may be available for preview as early as February 2019.

The above is just a highlight of what’s coming down the road for Business Central and as you can see we are in for quite a lot of new features and quite a few old features that are being resurrected in a new a better way.

Until next time, happy coding!