For users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft has announced a few details regarding the next release of NAV. The product currently code-named ‘Sicily’ will be officially released as Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, and general availability is planned during the 4th quarter of this year. This meets the NAV team’s goal of providing one annual new release.
R2 will feature an updated user interface (including one said to better match Windows 8’s styling). The updated look and feel will, it is said, make it easier to create charts and reports with a streamlined drilldown. It also promises more ‘hosting platform support’ and better compatibility with Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud based productivity application suite.
These, plus improved cash management functionality, are among the key items for 2013 (R2) listed on Microsoft’s earlier NAV roadmap for future release development. From early indications, expect to see yet further integration with Office, especially increased interoperability with Microsoft Excel. Increasingly, as resellers, we are hearing more about Microsoft’s goal of enhancing the NAV user experience beyond just NAV, and well into the realm of other productivity (and operating system, and web) tools.
Much more information will be released at the NAV “Directions” conference coming in October. Our firm is sending three team members to this annual dealer event, and we’ll be sure to share more with readers as we learn about the new features.
Even as 2013 R2 is set to rollout in the fall, Microsoft’s NAV development team is working on areas for 2014 development, including Windows Azure (cloud) hosting, RapidStart services, SharePoint, Office 365, and other industry-focused features and operational practice enhancements.
Just as Microsoft’s recent corporate overhaul and directional changes have placed a new emphasis there on “Services and Devices” and “One Microsoft” users can expect continued consolidation of products from within the Microsoft family.
When our team returns from the Directions conference (to be held this year in Nashville, TN) we’ll report on the latest new developments.