The release plan for Dynamics 365 Business Central 2022 release wave 1 (BC20) has been released!

Dynamics 365 Business Central

Hi, Readers.
Yesterday in the early hours of Japan time, the 2022 release wave 1 plans for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform has been released!

Dynamics 365 and industry clouds: 2022 release wave 1 plan
Microsoft Power Platform: 2022 release wave 1 plan

This of course includes Dynamics 365 Business Central.

What’s new and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

PS: The following is extracted from the Microsoft documentation at the 2022/01/26

Application

In 2022 release wave 1, we deliver updates based on the most popular requests for improvement. We’ll invest in better reporting and several improvements to the supply chain area.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Blocking deletion of G/L accountsUsers, automatically Jan 4, 2022Apr 2022
Allow the sell-to and bill-to customers to be different for jobsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Bank reconciliationUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Change default company bank account on sales and service documentsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Check documents and journals in backgroundUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Consolidate customer and vendor balancesUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Fixed Quantity in product bills of materialsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Improved and extensible Adjust Exchange Rates batch jobUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Map to Dataverse option sets such as payment terms, freight terms, and shipping agents without codeUsers by admins, makers, or analystsMar 2022Apr 2022
More control over deferrals postingUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
New UI for entering demand forecasts to add support for variant code and other improvementsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Payment reconciliation journalUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Report selection for projectsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Set default dimensions on locationsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Shopify connectorUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Standardizing the bank reconciliation process in North American versionsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Support inventory pick and warehouse pick operations for jobsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Synchronize sales quotes and orders in both directions between Business Central and Dynamics 365 SalesUsers by admins, makers, or analystsMar 2022Apr 2022
Use different G/L accounts for payables and receivables transactionsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022

Better with Microsoft 365

In 2022 release wave 1, we invest in a stronger reporting story, including better integration with Excel. We also improve the support for collaborative business processes in Teams so you can bring Business Central pages into a Teams channel.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Improvements to the Teams integration and Details pageUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Outlook add-in – add attachments from emails directly to Business Central documentsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022

Development

We continue to invest in a rich spectrum of extensibility tooling capabilities for developers, including making the AL language even stronger, providing developers with a great experience.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Auto-deploy dependent projects in workspaceAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyFeb 2022Apr 2022
In-client performance profilerUsers, automaticallyFeb 2022Apr 2022
Demo tool and demo data for manufacturing scenariosUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
AL-Go for GitHub: Modern DevOps for partnersAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022
Telemetry – company name as a custom dimension in AL LogMessageUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022
Users can export report datasets to XMLUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022

Governance and administration

Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 1 delivers a set of admin and governance capabilities to help admins and IT pros set up, secure, manage, govern, and monitor customer environments.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Customer-managed encryption key for encrypting customer data at-restAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyApr 2022
Customers can consent to Microsoft Support accessing their data through a Lockbox consent flowAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyApr 2022
Allow security administrator to define default permission set assignments when user is signing upAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyFeb 2022Apr 2022
Updating only licensed users from Microsoft 365 runs faster and more efficientlyAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Permission set handling enhancementsAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyMay 2022Jun 2022

Microsoft Power Platform

In 2022 release wave 1, we improve the integration with Microsoft Dataverse and Microsoft Power Platform.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Dataverse data change eventsAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyApr 2022
Improvements to the Power Automate and Power Apps connectorAdmins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automaticallyApr 2022May 2022

Modern clients

In 2022 release wave 1, we make improvements to our extensive portfolio of clients with the focus on better usability, accessibility, performance, and stability.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Introduce copy link option in the Share menuUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
The new PWA app replaces the Windows desktop app (UWP)Users, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Usability improvements to the web clientUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022

Onboarding

Onboarding is a key focus in every release wave. The aim is to make the onboarding of new customers faster, but also the onboarding of new users.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Context-aware links in the Help pane from Microsoft and partnersUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Guided tour that helps users find settings and personalization toolsUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Support for rich text in teaching tips and toursUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Tour of the Role Explorer and how to filter itUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022

Reporting

Reporting is top-of-mind for many business users, both as a way to get insight into new growth opportunities but also as a way to share data as a foundation for business planning discussions.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
New capabilities for financial reporting with account schedulesUsers, automaticallyMar 2022Apr 2022
Use Excel to design layouts for reportsUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022

Service and platform

No matter the industry type of a small or medium-sized business (SMB), business users expect a dependable service and platform that they can run their business on.

FeatureEnabled forPublic previewGeneral availability
Performance – partners can get database insights through virtual tables and in-client pagesUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022
Telemetry – error dialogs are logged to telemetryUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022
Telemetry – support engineers can now see user IDs in telemetryUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022
Telemetry – the action of enabling detailed telemetry is logged to telemetryUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022
Telemetry – when a database deadlock occurs, this is logged to telemetryUsers, automaticallyApr 2022Apr 2022

Here’s a feature I’ve been waiting for a long time, Use Excel to design layouts for reports. Starting from BC20, we may be able to use Excel layout to replace the complex RDLC layout.

Business value:
Users can now use Excel to create and edit layouts for reports.

Feature details:
Excel layouts work the same way as Word and RDLC layouts in that they can be edited and saved back again into Business Central.
With Excel layouts for Business Central reports, users can now create and edit report layouts simply by using the full palette of capabilities in Excel such as sliders, diagrams, charts, and pivot tables.
To create an Excel layout from scratch, open the report request page, and then run the report with the option Excel document (data only). The report generates an Excel file with sample data and the fields that are available in the report definition. Then you add your layout to additional tabs in the Excel file. To test the layout, simply import it as a custom layout in Business Central. After the system has validated that the layout is valid for use, you can now go to the request page and run the report with your new layout.

PS: The roadmap announced on Directions EMEA 2021

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Hope this will help.

Thanks for reading.

ZHU

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