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Microsoft Dynamics 365, the evolution of Navision

In 2019, Microsoft updated its Dynamics NAV (Navision) ERP solution along with a name change. NAV 2018 was discontinued and the new system was renamed Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. In this article, we will tell you all about the evolution from Navision to Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Since its launch in 2005, NAV has been trusted by more than 200,000 companies worldwide (a combined 3 million users). In order to continue improving its ERP system and continue to provide the best support to its customers, Microsoft launched a new improved and superior version of Dynamics NAV in 2018. This new state-of-the-art software is called Dynamics 365 Business Central and is designed to perform all the functions of NAV, while adding a host of new features, all packaged in a sleek new interface.

With the arrival of the new Dynamics 365 ecosystem, Microsoft decided to take the definitive step in 2019 and stopped selling Navision, thus allowing its users to migrate to this new, much more evolved and modernized platform. Dynamics 365 Business Central is the evolution of Navision and the next generation of ERPs that will allow the full implementation of digitization in organizations.

Dynamics 365 improvements over Navision

With Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, customers can have the functionalities of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, but improved and integrated with the rest of Microsoft Tools such as Office, Power BI or Cortana.

These are the improvements of Dynamics 365 Business Central with respect to Navision:


Dynamics 365 is designed as a cloud service (cloud hosting), although it also offers the on-premise service. Through Microsoft Azure Business Central, it hosts all data on a server that meets all cybersecurity and accessibility requirements. This allows users to have information in real-time from any device and from anywhere.


Dynamics 365 applications are designed to extend and improve the business processes of companies, being able to update automatically with little or minimal effort thanks to semi-annual updates. This also represents an important step to facilitate the maintenance of the platform.

Development environment and language

The Business Central development environment uses Visual Studio code, which is open source and cross-platform, helping to improve the tools and programming experience. Joining this to the permissions system that allows the interface to be adapted according to the requirements of each user, companies have the possibility of incorporating applications according to their particular needs, contributing both to their profitability and to their usability.


In Dynamics 365, there are only two types of users: Full users and Additional users, whose functionalities and permissions are adapted to their functions within the company. The advantage is that the additional users have a fairly low cost.

As you can see, Microsoft Dynamics 365 is nothing more than the logical evolution of Navision, adding quite considerable improvements to contribute more intelligently to the automation and optimization of business processes.

Remember that at Dynamics365partners, we are specialists in putting companies in contact with the right Microsoft partner. If you have doubts about migration and want us to help you, all you have to do is contact us.

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