What’s new for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central in 2020 Release Wave 1?

by | Feb 18, 2020 | Business Central, Microsoft Dynamics 365

In order to help its users get the best experience possible, Microsoft Dynamics 365 receives 2 major updates each year in April and October, known as release wave 1 & 2. These releases add a lot of functional and technical capabilities to make the solutions work as best as possible and increase its user’s productivity. Ahead of the updates Microsoft release an overview of the upcoming changes and this blog post will explore some of the most exciting ones.

According to Microsoft’s documentation, ‘For 2020 release wave 1, Business Central investments center on service fundamentals to meet the demands of a rapidly growing customer base, enhanced user productivity, geographic expansion and top customer-requested features. Improvements in migration tools reflect the prioritization of bringing on-premises Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, and Dynamics NAV customers to Business Central online.’

Application Enhancements

Auto Insert Recurring Sales & Purchase Lines – Handle recurring sales & purchase by using automatic insert of predefined recurring sales & purchase lines.

Enhanced Document Layout – Save time while sending documents to different customer or vendor contacts by setting up specific contacts to use with specific documents.

Bank Reconciliation Improvements – Page will provide a better overview and understanding of bank statement lines and related bank account ledger entries. Reconcile your bank account statements with your internal bank accounts and customer or payment ledgers helping you identify missing payments or unusual transactions that might be caused by errors.

Approval Requests – Set up approval workflows to notify the approval requester about every change of an approval request until final approval.

Supported Countries & Languages – Business Central will be available in the following countries with language support in Colombia, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia & Peru

Improved Onboarding Experience – An improved onboarding experience will help users get acquainted with Business Central faster.

Modern Clients

Disable Export of Data to Excel – Administrators can specify which users are allowed to export data to Excel, providing organisations stricter control over data.

Enhanced Mobile Accessibility – Enhancements to layout and responsiveness with different screen orientations and sizes.

Import Profiles and UI Customisations – Import & export profiles (organisational roles) and their corresponding User Interface customisations.

Improved Page Load Times – Business Central has been improved to help speed up navigation across the solution.

Improvements to Data Entry – For times when data entry cannot be automated through means like OCR and AI, various enhancements have been made to make typing in fields more predictable & faster and navigating fields in a list more intuitive and efficient.

Filters & Views on Lists – Remove the need to recreate commonly used filters by permanently saving filters as views & various other improvements.

Page Improvements – Users can show a hidden part on any page, improvements to the layout of pages composed of multiple parts and collapse & expand document lines.

Integration to Common Data Service

An improved Common Data Service (CDS) onboarding experience helps users connect and have a shared, consistent view of data across the Dynamics 365 Suite and Microsoft Power Platform.


This is just a selection of some of the updates coming to Dynamics 365 Business Central, if you would like to view the official Microsoft documentation that goes through every change, including information on developer tool and migration enhancements. These changes are all scheduled for release in the April 2020 update.

Release wave 1 Business Central (Overview)

Release Wave 1 Business Central (Planned Features)

In the meantime, if you’re interested in implementing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central to your business before these updates are available, please feel free to contact us for a no-obligation chat about your requirements.

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