Goodbye Microsoft NAV

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The Dynamics NAV brand will be retired in the second half of 2018. With NAV 2018 general availability penciled in for December 2017 and NAV 2018 R2 due the following spring, the brand will then be absorbed into the Dynamics 365 family. This move from Microsoft is a rebranding rather than a cancelling of the NAV product.

The rebranded NAV will continue receiving annual updates as an on-premises solution, and together with the current SMB cloud option (Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Business Edition), will come under the umbrella of Dynamics 365 ‘Tenerife’. The Dynamics product range has gone through several name changes in the last 12 months and, no doubt, there will be more to come.

As a cloud-first (but not cloud-only) company, Microsoft can be expected to devote more energy to its cloud-hosted solutions. However, Marko Perisic, Dynamics 365 R&D general manager, stated at the NAVUG Summit 2017 that for any investments made to the cloud solutions, Microsoft will “mirror those for customers who are on-premises”.

Further along the roadmap, however, it is expected that Microsoft will position Dynamics 365 Tenerife as a business application platform that offers a full range of capabilities through separate modules, backed up by the Common Data Service.

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