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Announcing new cloud-based technology to empower cyber defenders

Cyber security is about people. The frontline defenders who stand between the promise of digital transformation and the daily reality of cyber-attacks need  help. At Microsoft, they’ve made it their mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Today that mission is focused on defenders. They are unveiling two new cloud-based technologies in Microsoft Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Threat Experts that empower security operations teams by reducing the noise, false alarms, time consuming tasks and complexity that are weighing them down. Let start by sharing some insight into the modern defender experience.

Every day Microsoft security professionals help organizations respond to threats at scale and through targeted incident response. In one recent example from the latest Security Intelligence Report, Microsoft experts were called in to help several financial services organizations deal with attacks launched by a state-sponsored group that had gained administrative access and executed fraudulent transactions, transferring large sums of cash into foreign bank accounts. When the attack group realized they had been detected, they rapidly deployed destructive malware that crippled the customers’ operations for several days. Microsoft experts were on site within hours, working around the clock with the customers’ security teams to restore normal business operations.

Incidents like this are a reminder that many defenders are overwhelmed by threats and alerts – often spending their days chasing down false alarms instead of investigating and solving complex cases. Compounding the problem is a critical shortage of skilled cyber defenders, with an estimated shortfall of 3.5 million security professionals by 2021. With today’s announcements Microsoft is unlocking the power of the cloud and AI for security to do what they do best—reason over vast amounts of security signal, spot anomalies and bring global scale to highly trained security professionals.

Too many enterprises still rely on traditional Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools that are unable to keep pace with the needs of defenders, volume of data or the agility of adversaries. The cloud enables a new class of intelligent security technologies that reduce complexity and integrate with the platforms and productivity tools you depend on. Today Microsoft is pleased to announce Microsoft Azure Sentinel, the first native SIEM within a major cloud platform. Azure Sentinel enables you to protect your entire organization by letting you see and stop threats before they cause harm. With AI on your side it helps reduce noise drastically— they have seen an overall reduction of up to 90 percent in alert fatigue with early adopters. Because it’s built on Azure you can take advantage of nearly limitless cloud speed and scale and invest your time in security and not servers. In just a few clicks you can bring in your Microsoft Office 365 data for free and combine it with your other security data for analysis.

Azure Sentinel is the product of Microsoft’s close partnership with customers on their journey to digital transformation. Microsoft worked hand in hand with dozens of customers and partners to rearchitect a modern security tool built from the ground up to help defenders do what they do best – solve complex security problems. Early adopters are finding that Azure Sentinel reduces threat hunting from hours to seconds.

Corey McGarry, Senior Technical Specialist, Enterprise Operations, Tolko Industries, Ltd., told, “After using Microsoft Azure Sentinel for six months, it has become a go-to resource every morning. We get a clear visual of what’s happening across our network without having to check all our systems and dashboards individually. I haven’t seen an offering like Microsoft Azure Sentinel from any other company.”

Azure Sentinel supports open standards such as Common Event Format (CEF) and broad partner connections, including Microsoft Intelligent Security Association partners such as Check Point, Cisco, F5, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and Symantec, as well as broader ecosystem partners such as ServiceNow. You can even bring your own insights and collaborate with a diverse community of defenders. Azure Sentinel blends the insights of Microsoft experts and AI with the unique insights and skills of your own in-house defenders and machine learning tools to uncover the most sophisticated attacks before they take root. Azure Sentinel helps empower SecOps teams to keep their organizations safe by harnessing the power, simplicity and extensibility of Azure to analyze data from Microsoft 365 and security solutions from other vendors. Azure Sentinel is available in preview today from the Azure portal.

Microsoft approach to security is not only about applying the cloud and AI to your scale challenges, but also making the security operations experts who defend their cloud available to you. Therefore, Microsoft is pleased to announce Microsoft Threat Experts, a new service within Windows Defender ATP which provides managed hunting to extend the capability of your security operations center team. Through this service, Microsoft will proactively hunt over your anonymized security data for the most important threats, such as human adversary intrusions, hands-on-keyboard attacks, and advanced attacks like cyberespionage—helping your team prioritize the most important risks and respond quickly. The service also provides world-class expertise on demand. With the new “Ask a Threat Expert” button, your security operations team can submit questions directly in the product console. To join the public preview of Microsoft Threat Experts, apply in the Windows Defender ATP settings.

There are no easy answers or silver bullets for security, however the cloud is unlocking new capabilities. This is why they are putting the cloud and AI to work to extend and empower the defenders whose unique human insights are key to avoiding cyber threats. Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Threat Experts are two new capabilities that join our broad portfolio of security solutions across identity, endpoints, data, cloud applications and infrastructure. Microsoft look forward to showcasing Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Threat Experts at the RSA Conference next week and encourage you to stop by the Microsoft booth on the main show floor or any of our compelling sessions to learn more.

This article was originally written by Ann Johnson.

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Microsoft now has the best device lineup in the industry

At a low-key event held in a New York City warehouse, Microsoft unveiled its next iterations in the Surface lineup. Sitting in the audience, we saw the most coherent device strategy in the industry, from a company that’s slowly built a hardware business from the ground up.

The company took just an hour to unveil sweeping updates to its existing hardware, and what’s clear after the dust has settled is that Microsoft’s hardware division is a force to be reckoned with. Apple’s dominance on the high-end laptop space looks shakier than ever, because Microsoft’s story is incredibly compelling. Rather than building out a confusing, incompatible array of devices, Microsoft has taken the time to build a consistent, clear portfolio that has something to fit everyone across the board. If you’re looking for a traditional laptop, there’s the Surface Laptop 2, for those wanting more power and a tablet in one, there’s Surface Book 2. There’s something for ultra-portable needs, like Surface Pro 6, or a computer that can be slipped in a handbag, Surface Go (our review is here). For raw creative power, a big screen and everything else, Surface Studio 2 is up to the task. All of these options offer formidable performance configurations, and only ask that you decide how you want to work.

What’s interesting about this is the Surface hardware is now incredibly consistent across the board, making it dead simple for consumers to choose a device they like. Each device offers high quality industrial design, with consistent input methods regardless of form factor, and a tight software story to boot. That matters. Every single one of these machines has a touchscreen, supports a high-quality stylus, and current generation chipsets. The only question is which device fits your lifestyle, and whether or not you want the faster model. The peripherals work across every machine, and Microsoft has clearly gone to lengths with Timeline and Your Phone to make the software as seamless as you’d expect in 2018.

Microsoft, it seems, has removed all of the barriers to remaining in your ‘flow.’ Surface is designed to adapt to the mode you want to be in, and just let you do it well. Getting shit done doesn’t require switching device or changing mode, you can just pull off the keyboard, or grab your pen and the very same machine adapts to you.

It took years to get here, but Microsoft has nailed it. By comparison, the competition is flailing around arguing about whether or not touchscreens have a place on laptops. The answer? Just let people choose. This coherency is what we had come to expect from Apple, but iPad and MacBook look messier than ever. Sure, you can get an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, but you can’t use either of them in a meaningful way in tandem with your desktop workflow. It requires switching modes entirely, to a completely different operating system and interaction model, then back again. That isn’t all, either. The MacBook Pro doesn’t have a touchscreen, but does have USB-C, which is still omitted from the iPad and iPhone. There’s a touch-bar version, the non-touch-bar version, the ultra-light MacBook 12-inch and the rotting MacBook Air, all of which have oscillated in and out of being updated over the years.

Watching the Surface team trot out a slew of updates, across the board, to almost every device it offers was a sight to behold, and one that just didn’t seem feasible a few years ago when the first Surface Pro debuted. In the space of just five years, Microsoft took its hardware business from a curious experiment to an industry-leading force. 

We use Surface devices everyday, with the Surface Book 2 as our workhorse computer and the Surface Go as our on-the-move device. After yesterday, we have a renewed confidence that Microsoft is pushing Surface forward, with meaningful refreshes on a regular basis, so we won’t be left wondering whether or not we can upgrade in the future.

For people going out and buying their next PC today, we think Microsoft has a window to steal thousands of Apple customers away with these devices. The company finally has the high-end hardware to match, and a compelling ecosystem along with it. What’s not to like?

The ‘it just works’ narrative applies to Microsoft better than any other company right now, and consumers are noticing. Three years out, we suspect Microsoft’s bet will have paid off and we’ll see Surface everywhere in coffee shops, airports and co-working spaces, because the focus on flow and simplicity sells itself. Surface now offers, no doubt, the best device lineup the industry has ever seen. It’s just amazing that Microsoft got better at this while the competition’s story fell apart.

One final thought: the biggest point of discussion around these new devices is the lack of USB-C on modern devices. While we agree with this point, we suspect that the decision was made because consumers outside of our industry simply don’t care, and the transition period sucks — dongles galore and little to show for it.

This article was originally written by Owen Williams.

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Redesigning the Office App Icons to Embrace a New World of Work

Design is becoming the heart and soul of Office. Learn how we evolved our visual identity to reflect the simple, powerful, and intelligent experiences of Office 365.

Whoever said that nothing is more intimidating than the blank page probably never faced a redesign.
Microsoft Office icons was updated in 2013, when selfies were new enough to become Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year and emojis were new enough to be considered buzzworthy.

Clearly, a lot has changed since then — including how people get things done.
Over 1 billion people from vastly different industries, geographies, and generations use Office. They work on different platforms and devices and in environments that are faster, more distracting, and more connected than ever before.


To support this changing world of work, Office is transforming into a collaborative suite that lets you work together in real-time from almost any device. They have infused their tools with powerful AI: you can get insights from data with less effort, write a paper using your voice, or make your resume using LinkedIn insights. They’ve also added totally new apps to the suite like their AI-powered meetings and chat service, Microsoft Teams. In the end, it’s great design that makes these experiences fluid and seamless.
As a signal to their customers, they’ve evolved their Office icons to reflect these significant product changes. They’re thrilled to share the new icons for Office 365 with you today and tell the story behind their creation.

Carefully crafted designs that honor heritage and welcome the future:

From the get-go, they embraced Office’s rich history and used it to inform design decisions. Strong colors have always been at the core of the Office brand, and new icons are a chance to evolve our palette. Color differentiates apps and creates personality, and for the new icons they chose hues that are bolder, lighter and friendlier — a nod to how Office has evolved. They also used gestalt principles to further emphasize key product changes. Simplicity and harmony are key visual elements that reflect the seamless connectivity and intuitiveness of Office apps. While each icon has a unique and identifiable symbol, there are connections within each app’s symbol and the collective suite.

Flexible visual systems that work across platforms, devices, and generations:

 Today’s workforce includes five generations using Office on multiple platforms and devices and in environments spanning work, home, and on the go. They wanted a visual language that emotionally resonates across generations, works across platforms and devices, and echoes the kinetic nature of productivity today. Their design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that they can pair or separate. This allows us to maintain familiarity while still emphasizing simplicity inside the app.

Separating these into two panels also adds depth, which sparks opportunities in 3D contexts. Through this flexible system, we keep tradition alive while gently pushing the envelope.

 

 

Human-centered designs that emphasize content and reflect the speed of modern life:

   We all know modern life is faster and more connected: we’re living in it. Office supports this by making it fast and easy to express ideas, collaborate with others, and stay focused and in the flow. It’s why Office apps compose together, enabling users to open PowerPoint or Excel beside conversations in Teams or Outlook. To reflect this in the icons, they removed a visual boundary: the traditional tool formatting. Whereas prior Office icons had a document outline for Microsoft Word and a spreadsheet outline for Excel, they now show lines of text for Word and individual cells for Excel. By focusing on the content rather than any specific format, these icons embody the collaborative nature of the apps they represent.

Similarly, they’ve changed the letter-to-symbol ratio. Traditionally, the letter occupied two-thirds of the icon, and the symbol took up one-third. They’ve changed this ratio to now emphasize the symbol because while the letter represents the tool itself, the symbol speaks more to people’s creations.

 

 

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Partners bring Business Central to new markets!!!

With a global network of Dynamics 365 Business Central partners that develop localization apps, Microsoft is able to roll out the product to new markets rapidly. They have published the first three partner-developed localization and translation apps on AppSource, bringing Dynamics 365 Business Central to South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa.

South Korea

DEEX Korea has released apps to bring the Korean translation and VAT & E-Invoicing functionality.

United Arab Emirates

Alfazance Consulting has released an app to bring local functionality for VAT Reports and Exports.

South Africa

Braintree has released apps to bring local functionality for VAT Automation, Invoicing, and B-BBEE Scorecard.

Customers in these new markets can visit their homepage to learn more about the product in general, and are encouraged to request to be contacted by the localization partner directly through AppSource to learn about local functionality and purchasing options. Over the next few months more partners are expected to release translations and local functionalities through AppSource to bring Dynamics 365 Business Central to new markets; keep an eye out on this blog for announcements.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 – finally competes with Salesforce !

In the world of CRM, Microsoft may not be a household name the way Salesforce is, but that hasn’t stopped it from trying (and failing to slow Salesforce). Microsoft first jumped into the space, following the acquisition of Great Plains in 2001. That brought us Microsoft CRM (which eventually morphed into Microsoft Dynamics). It wasn’t a bad product. It’s just that the company didn’t have an answer for the as-a-service subscription model that Salesforce came to the market with early, and turned into a vehicle for profits and growth.

Microsoft didn’t give up, though, and has been working for some time to remedy the problem.Here are three reasons why I think that Dynamics 365 is finally ready to compete head-to-head with Salesforce, and take a giant bite out of its lunch:

  • Microsoft has long lacked a cloud-based offering that could match the functionality of Salesforce. With the launch of Dynamics 365, Microsoft finally has a solution that meets the requirements of a large portion of Salesforce customers. For starters, with the addition of a subscription-based cloud offering, it is easy to get started. Second, this new version is much more user-friendly than Microsoft’s previous attempts. CRM experts have already started to cover the specifics, but Microsoft appears to be on point with pricing, simplicity, and flexibility.
  • Due to companies attempting to be more secure with their data and in compliance with privacy requirements, we are seeing a trend toward repatriation of certain cloud workloads. For Salesforce users, this leaves zero flexibility, as the only deployment method of their software is a pure hosted SaaS configuration. That’s a pain point for Salesforce users.To address this problem, Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers a refreshing breadth of flexibility of public, private and hybrid options to manage diverse data differently in a multi-cloud environment. With companies making software investments based on both technology and business needs, Dynamics has set itself up to be more appealing to IT leaders eager for flexible deployments options that meet their security and privacy requirements.
  • Microsoft’s paid user base for its wide net of solutions and integrations already is in the billions. From Office 365 and Skype for Business to Azure Cloud, Microsoft has a deep connection to both a company’s lines of business and its IT department.

As the integration between Dynamics 365 and Microsoft’s ecosystem of collaboration and productivity solutions grows, there will be a natural migration among companies that see value in unifying their Microsoft-centric ecosystem. Bringing CRM, enterprise-resource planning (ERP) and other critical solutions in which Salesforce has long led the way with into a Microsoft ecosystem is bound to be an appealing option for many. That Salesforce hasn’t exactly pulled ahead of Microsoft in new areas like artificial intelligence and blockchain suggests there may not be any new reasons for customers to favor Salesforce over Microsoft.

Salesforce has never faced real competition in the CRM space, at least until now. If Microsoft gets this right, Salesforce could be looking at a very tough fight over the next few years.

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Dirty Data can sabotage your CRM experience !!!

Dirty Data’ The name itself is enough to send shivers down the back of any business owner looking to make data-driven choices, and, if you’ve made the move to a Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM solution you understand the importance of good data – and the terrifying consequences of Dirty Data.

As good as Dynamics 365 is, it’s only as effective as the end users. If the people using the software aren’t properly trained, or not convinced that utilizing a CRM system is of benefit to them, then a CRM implementation can fail to meet its expected goals.

Independent studies have shown that nearly 2/3 of CRM implementations do fail to meet those goals. It’s with that in mind that the CRM Dynamics team goes that extra mile to ensure that we design a system that fits your needs and that we work with you throughout the development process to make sure there are no surprises along the way.

It’s our goal to make sure that you have all the tools to fully realize your CRM goals once your system goes live. To bring it back to Dirty Data, the biggest single roadblock to fully realizing Dynamics 365 is the strength of your data. Here are a few tips to make sure your data is as clean as possible.

  • Start with the right design

It is important that Dynamics 365 is gathering the exact information that is vital to your company. To accomplish that it’s important to work with CRM Dynamics to make sure that you understand what each data field should be capturing and how that information is of benefit to you. Don’t be tempted to create 100 data fields when 10 will do – complicated design is not always good design. If fact, it rarely is.

  • Train your staff

Although Dynamics 365 will automate a great deal of what you do, there still will be some manual entry required. It is vital that your staff be trained in not just the functionality of the system, but also on what constitutes clean data. Do not assume that a quick email will do the trick here. Spend the time to make sure everyone understands how to get the most out of the system.

  • Show the value

You have spent months researching, developing and imagining what Dynamics 365 is going to do for you. Your staff, meanwhile, have just been trying to do their jobs. If you don’t get a buy-in from them you won’t get the full benefit of the system — many will stick with the inefficient ways they have always used to collect data and your CRM investment will be going to waste. Don’t just teach your staff how to use Dynamics 365. Show them how it will benefit them.

  • Be consistent

It’s one thing to input the right information into the system. It’s intuitive as to why you don’t want to spell someone’s name wrong, after all. But, you also need to come up with a standard style that all data entry follows. Do you want to address by a surname or a first name? Has someone been yelling when they enter the data? If so, fix that. Keep everything the same and professional.

  • Identify duplication and fix

Although Dynamics 365 includes default duplicate detection rules for accounts, contacts, and leads, it doesn’t for other types of records. If you want to track duplicates beyond that scope you’ll need to create a new rule.

It’s still best to make sure users aren’t entering the same data twice though. And, it’s easy to duplicate a contact — especially when they have a common name, or a name that has different spellings – but it can lead to big problems if it isn’t addressed. Train your staff to take an extra second to make sure they aren’t entering duplicate information and to merge the contacts into a single contact, when appropriate.

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Business Central everywhere – cloud, hybrid, and on-premises availability!!!

Business Central will now have an on-premises deployment option that effectively serves as a successor to Dynamics NAV. In other words, rather than a new version number for Dynamics NAV, customers can get Business Central on-premises. The experience for NAV partners and customers on-premises is no different from the familiar Dynamics NAV upgrades, except for the change in name. This is a convergence point for Dynamics SMB products. Going forward, customers running Dynamics SL, Dynamics GP, and older versions of Dynamics NAV will also have the option to explore Business Central on-premises and in the cloud.

Business Central universal app

The Dynamics 365 Business Central universal app is able to connect to the cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployments of Business Central. That app is available for:

  • Windows 10 (desktop, tablet, and phone)
  • Android (tablet and phone)
  • iOS (tablet and phone)
  • The full desktop mode is supported on computers running Windows 10

Improvements to search

Finding your way around Dynamics 365 Business Central just got easier. Productivity increases when people can find what they need and search is often how people look for things. Therefore, we’ve broadened the search scope, improved the logic that search uses, and made it easier to determine if the results are relevant. The Search field replaces the Search for Page or Report field. You can use it to find objects such as pages and reports, but also to find actions and product documentation. We’ve also improved the logic behind the search, and search results offer abstracts that clarify each item in the result.

Intelligent Edge for Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, and Dynamics NAV

Microsoft continues to invest heavily in the Intelligent Cloud, bringing business intelligence, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and numerous other cloud productivity and analytics tools to the marketplace. Customers using on-premises solutions haven’t been able to easily take advantage of these services. Now you can connect your on-premises Dynamics SMB solution to the intelligent cloud through Dynamics 365 Business Central, and get access to Power BI, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, machine learning, and others. When the connection is made, we securely replicate your on-premises data to the Intelligent Cloud. You simply decide which companies you want to replicate (all if you choose), and then, within the main pages of your on-premises solution, we’ll deliver back actionable analysis and content. The intelligent cloud leverages solutions such as Power BI, PowerApps, Flow, and AI to provide insight and actionable messages enabling your business to run even better.

Sandbox with production data

A common scenario when working with sandboxes, especially when testing or troubleshooting, is the wish to have production data available. With this release, we add the ability to create a sandbox based on a copy of the latest cloud backup of the production data. To minimize cross-talk with integrations set up in the production data, these integrations will be disabled when the sandbox is created. Using caution, admin users can enable or reconfigure these integrations as required to support the intended sandbox use.

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The only Business Central URL you’ll ever need – and why your mobile apps need an update

With the launch of Business Central in April 2018, Microsoft introduced a shorter, simpler URL to access all your business data: https://businesscentral.dynamics.com. This is the only URL that you need to remember from now on. If you joined the party prior to the launch of Business Central, you might still be using the older URLs, such as https://dynamics.microsoft.com. For instance, you may have a bookmark here and there, or use an email template created by your admin a long time ago.

Microsoft believe it is time to move!

The single URL concept makes it easy for you to get connected. You can connect from any device via a web browser or from our new mobile/companion apps on Windows, iOS, or Android. There’s no need to remember the long URL name anymore – it’s super easy for everyone to access their business data. Please update your bookmarks and start using https://businesscentral.dynamics.com.

As of 01 June 2018, Microsoft has started to automatically redirecting calls made for the older URLs to the new domain. Microsoft is starting with Sandbox environments and will continue with live environments – making these updates over the next few weeks. Note that the redirection is applied to URLs in the browser or when calling web services. While your old hyperlinks will continue to work for a while longer, this is a great time to update the bookmarks or links that you use in any communication or instructional material, and point them to the single URL: https://businesscentral.dynamics.com

With this change in mind, Microsoft had rolled out a new version of the mobile/companion apps, which connects to the single URL for Business Central. Therefore, Microsoft ask you kindly to install the new version that is available in the store. The Business Central apps on your devices (Windows 10, iOS, and Android) might have already been updated to the new version automatically, especially on Windows and systems where automatic app updates is enabled. If your apps have not been updated, you can manually update them from these links:

 

 

The newest version of the app is 2.6. 22169. The update process is very smooth and ensures the best connectivity to your business data from your desktop or mobile device.

As mentioned, Microsoft made sure that the Business Central app update on modern Windows 10 devices happens automatically in the background. For Android and iOS devices, you are encouraged to set up the built-in feature for automatic app updates:

  • On iOS devices, go to: Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Automatic download: Updates
  • On Android devices, go to: Play Store > Menu > Settings > Auto-update app

Keeping the Business Central mobile app up-to-date on your device ensures that you get the newest features and security measures that we will be introducing in the future.

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Introducing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: an all-in-one business management solution

In September, 2017, Microsoft announced that it will evolve Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Business edition to include significantly expanded capabilities – including warehousing, service management, and manufacturing – on par with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. They are thrilled to introduce Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on April 2, 2018 in 14 countries – United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, and Finland. Australia and New Zealand will be available post April.

Business Central enables customers to upgrade their entry-level accounting software and legacy ERP systems with a single, comprehensive solution to manage core business processes across finances, operations, sales and customer service.

Along with the new capabilities, the application will include an all new user experience that is easy to get started with. With a familiar Microsoft Office 365 user interface, personalized feeds, and smart notifications, Business Central enables users to work smarter and be more productive than ever before.

If you are an existing Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Business edition customer, you will be upgraded to Dynamics 365 Business Central automatically. Please contact your Dynamics 365 partner to learn more about transitioning offers and subscriptions.

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Dynamics 365 Business Central Roadmap

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central offers organizations an all-in-one business management solution for managing finances, operations, sales and customer service, and an opportunity to easily upgrade from their entry-level accounting software and legacy ERP systems.

Business Central offers terrific value because it integrates with other Microsoft cloud services including Office 365 and can be customized or extended for specific industry needs with PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI.

Dynamics 365 Business Central brings the full power of Dynamics NAV to the cloud including local functionality such as support for GST and EFT payments. As such, Business Central has at its foundation a set of trusted, proven technologies that have served 160,000 customers and millions of users worldwide. As a single, end-to-end application, Business Central offers:

Business without silos – Unify your business, and boost efficiency with automated tasks and workflows—all integrated within familiar Office tools like Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Actionable insights – Achieve greater outcomes and gain a complete view of your business with connected data, business analytics, and guidance delivered by Microsoft’s leading intelligent technologies.

Solutions built to evolve – Start quickly, grow at your own pace and adapt in real time with a flexible platform that makes it easy to extend Business Central based on your changing business needs.

Having insights into current and future capabilities for an all-in-one business management solution like Business Central is not just nice: it can be part of your decision to either use or not use the solution. For a while, we provided insight through this blog and the Dynamics 365 Roadmap, but as part of Dynamics 365 we’re changing that somewhat.

You can continue to watch this blog for announcements of new capabilities. We’ll let you know when something becomes available that you have been waiting for, and when you can get your hands on a new capability that you might not even know that you wanted.