The new product, code named “Corfu” for now, is slated for release in “late 2015.” We’re guessing October, based on past experience. An engineering director for the NAV product announced at the firm’s Tech Days conference a couple months ago that Corfu will introduce new baseline capabilities around three functional areas: workflow, document management and OCR, and E-services integration. He described E-services as the trading of electronic documents with other parties and the mapping tools required to transact them.
The development team continues to work on a single (programming) code base (for the client side of NAV, not the source code that runs the application) across all user interfaces: mobile, web and the desktop clients. The web client may even surpass the capabilities of the role-tailored client in the next release, according to one Microsoft engineer, as they improve the web client performance and responsiveness.
Microsoft continues to use an “agile” approach to development, which in lay terms can sometimes mean more releases, faster. That approach can also make predictions about the future NAV roadmap – those beyond a year anyway – a bit harder to pin down.
One encouraging future “maybe” that was discussed was the ability to create “event-driven” customizations that would consist of a series of hooks that would allow developers to work with the base product less intrusively and help “future-proof” customizations.
Other updates under consideration for Corfu include updates to document reporting, to the C/Side development environment, improved Office 365 integration, Rapid Start enhancements, and various NAV client enhancements.
We’ll provide more info in time, as we ourselves learn of any new NAV developments.