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Business Central 2022 release wave 2 (D365 BC 21)

Business Central is a scalable business application with far-reaching functionality and the solution can be used by all companies, regardless of size or industry. Business Central is designed to make the company's daily business processes smooth and efficient, and with 2022 release wave 2, the solution becomes even more user-friendly, accessible and integrated.

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Business Central 21

A new version of Business Central will be launched in October. The launch comes as part of the large Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 2 upgrade wave, which will be rolled out from October 2022 to March 2023. With this upgrade, Business Central will have version number 21.

Brief overview of D365 BC 21

By providing easy access to the right apps to get started, Business Central 21 makes it even easier for new users to get started with Business Central, regardless of whether you are a new or existing Microsoft customer. Tool tips that aim to help both new and existing users are improved and the optimized ease of use, makes it easier to navigate the menus.  The performance of the solution is also improved and to help Business Central users work more productively by automating workflows, the integration with Power Automate is also enhanced with this upgrade.

New and planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Here you will find an overview of the new features and opportunities that are planned for release in the period from October 2022 to March 2023.

Please note that Microsoft may change the launch schedules and the expected functionality may not be released.

Hassle-free service

Regardless of the industry in which the company operates and regardless of whether the company is a large organization or a small startup, the company's finance and operations managers expect a reliable service and business platform on which they can conduct their business.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Get Power BI reports on telemetry with one-click Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022

Management and administration

Business Central 2022 release wave 2 introduces a set of management and administration features that aim to ensure better monitoring of each customer environment and help administrators and IT professionals set up, secure, manage, manage and monitor customer environments.

Microsoft has added and improved a wide range of features that will make it easier to keep up with important service announcements, to automate and manage IT operations on a large scale and across many customers and environments.

As an administrator, with Business Central 21 you will be able to recreate any environment that has recently been deleted, thus securing customers' important data.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Get more, better communications as admin Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - October 2022
Get more visibility into outages Users, automatically - October 2022
Restore deleted environments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - October 2022
Use service-to-service authentication with admin API Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022

Application enhancements

With the Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 2 upgrades to Business Central, Microsoft is delivering a number of enhancements based on the most popular improvement requests from Business Central users.

Within the finance area of ​​Business Central, Microsoft continues to optimize banking reconciliation. This means that in 2022 release wave 2, Microsoft will improve the test report, add a statement report with two sections for outstanding polls and improve the automation of control of financial items.

With 2022 release wave 2, Business Central users will also be able to reverse the draft entries from posted payment reconciliation drafts. It will thus be possible much more efficiently to recover the books from any errors. As with other journal entries, the registrations must first be canceled manually.

For companies that use check payments, Business Central 21 will have several payment addresses available to suppliers.

To make financial reporting in Business Central more transparent and understandable for both new and experienced Business Central users, Microsoft has chosen to rename account schedules to financial reporting. The Feature itself also changes a bit to give a better overview of the available reports. In Business Central 21, a financial report is now defined as a combination of row and column definitions plus a few parameters. This means that it will be possible to save variants of the same report as separate reports. The actual core functionality remains the same as we have known so far, but the name changes should make it easier to see the concepts.

During the next release wave upgrade waves, brand new rows and column definitions templates will be available, which will make it easier for business users to get started and become productive in Business Central.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Better bank reconciliation for checks Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Extended text functionality for VAT clauses Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Financial reporting replaces account schedules Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
New VAT Date field on documents and entries Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Reverse payment reconciliation journal entries Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Use multiple remit-to addresses for vendors Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022

Work effectively with Microsoft 365

With Business Central 2022 release wave 2, administrators gain more control over managing OneDrive and Excel, while Business Central business users benefit from the new report layout improvements as well as the new capabilities they get to edit data in Excel.

The efficiency of collaboration processes in Microsoft Teams is also improved, which means that Business Central users will have the opportunity to attach cards in Teams and that delegated administrators will be able to use the Excel add-in.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Configure OneDrive integration Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Delegated admins can edit in Excel Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically September 2022 October 2022

Country and regional expansion

With Dynamics 365 release wave 2, Business Central will be expanded to even more countries and regions, so the solution will be extended to more than 100 countries.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Configurable and redesigned Intrastat solution Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Service declarations F01DGS for Belgium and Intrastat for Italy and France Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022

Effective development

There is a steadily increasing demand for developers worldwide, which increases the need and necessity to increase the productivity of Business Central AL developers. With 2022 release wave 2, Microsoft continues to invest in the Visual Studio Code user experience. This is done, among other things, by adding visual abstractions on top of the AL code.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Promoted action groups and action references Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Use ByRef, XmlPort parameters in OData Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022
Access database row version from AL code Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022
Write faster upgrade code Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022

Microsoft Power Platform

Based on the development that is already underway, Microsoft continues to improve the integration to the business apps and services that make up the Power Platform, that is, Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, Logic Apps and Dataverse.

This means that the direct integration between Business Central and Power BI is improved and that the Power Automate connector and the Automate action, which with a number of smart tools connect Business Central and Power Automate and allow decision makers and business users without developer competencies to easily expand and connecting Business Central with other apps and systems is improved as well.

Microsoft is also continuing to improve Dataverse virtual tables data change events, meaning partners will be able to use Dataverse as a platform for more ambitious integrations.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Personalize and design the Automate action group in the web client Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Power Apps and Power Automate support for document attachments Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Rely on personalization to show or hide Power BI parts on lists Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Try Power BI apps with dimensions Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022

Faster onboarding

Many companies that have decided on a Business Central online cloud installation, have an expectation that the solution can be easily connected to other business applications, it could be productivity services such as banking, payroll and electronic invoicing providers, as built-in cloud connection to this type of services today is expected by a modern business application in the cloud. Connectivity options for this type of business app providers are already largely available in Business Central, but have so far been more difficult to locate, not least because Business Central customers have to manually search AppSource for the right solution that suits their business. Therefore, Business Central users have so far encountered problems when they hoped that the expectations for their cloud solution investment would be realized. With Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 2, Microsoft delivers better transparency, installation and setup of these types of apps, which means that unnecessary friction is eliminated and that the Business Central customers' businesses can more quickly become productive and shift focus to the often more complex areas of onboarding and implementation.

In Business Central 2022 release wave 2, a completely new in-product tool is added which will make it easy for companies to find relevant connection apps that are available in AppSource. Microsoft also makes both installing and setting up these apps easy and straightforward. Microsoft starts with the apps that offer online banking connection.

The business apps that may be allowed to be displayed will have certain requirements imposed by Microsoft. These can be, for example, usage and quality criteria, as well as a minimum set of functionality and options..

Business Central 21 also adds basic enhancements to installing and setting up AppSource apps, making it easier for Business Central partners who have developed apps available in AppSource.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
New field descriptions improve clarity Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Easily access setup pages for new apps Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Easily find apps to connect to core services Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Easily install and set up new apps Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022

Reporting

A great thing in Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 1 was the introduction of Excel layouts for BC reports. In Business Central 2022 release wave 2, Microsoft continues to improve this Feature. This will mean that when a user runs a report with an Excel layout, he or she can now select the Excel layout on the report's request page. For example, if a report has multiple Excel layouts, it will be possible to select the specific layout you want when the report is to be run.

In addition to the Excel layout option, Microsoft is developing an API for the finance area in Business Central which can be used in both Excel and Power BI. This means, that the Business Central user can make his own and more detailed analysis of data from the general ledger and general ledger budgets with dimensions. Microsoft will provide a template Power BI app, which is based on the new API. For users who want to get started with reporting in Power BI, the app will be released for BCTech Samples GitHub repo. The Power BI app will include a set of standard financial reports and a dashboard with financial KPIs and aggregated ledger information.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Use new Excel report datasets Users, automatically September 2022 October 2022
Run, send reports from the request page Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022
Choose the report layout on request page Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022

User experience (UX)

When informationemployees connect to Business Central from their desktop app, browser, or mobile device, they will with Business Central 21 gain even greater benefit from the improved usability, availability, performance and stability introduced with Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 2. Business Central users who have an ambition to optimize the efficiency of their daily work are given the opportunity to to take advantage of the effective new features when working across multiple companies.

Feature Enabled for Public preview General availability
Ældre listevisninger er skjulte Users by admins, makers, or analysts September 2022 -
Oplev helt nye UI-designelementer Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022
Skift virksomheder på tværs af miljøer Users, automatically October 2022 October 2022

Information about table descriptions

Feature
Description of new Feature launched in Business Central 21.

Enabled for
Description of which users the new feature is enabled for.

  • Users, automatically: These features include changes to the user experience and are activated automatically.
  • Administratorer, udviklere, marketingfolk eller analytikere, automatisk: These features are intended for use by administrators, developers, marketers, or business analysts and are activated automatically.
  • Users by admins, makers, or analysts: These features must be enabled or configured by administrators, manufacturers, or business analysts to be available to their users.

Public preview
The 'Public preview' column, indicate in which month that feature is released as a publicly available trial version. The release date of the specified trial may be any day of that month.

General availability
In the column on the far right 'General availability', indicate in which month the feature in question is delivered. The date of delivery of the specified feature may be any day of the specified month.

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