Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central Version Comparison

The table below might help you understand when functionality was introduced into the different versions of Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.

+ Existing functionality were enhanced with this release    - Earlier versions have part of this functionality.

1) For Role-Tailored only on the client side
2) Only on the client side
3) Only Role-Tailored client and web services
4) Only web and tablet clients
4) Only for extensions development
6) Only as legacy platform, not recommended. Extensions 2.0 recommended instead
7) Task Scheduler recommended for periodic activities
8) Available only as free-of-charge extra download
9) Only in Premium subscription level
10) Limited-funcitonality snap-ins for services. Custom tools available
11) Natively on Azure SQL, but customers don't have direct access to it
12) Natively multi-tenant, but is visible as single-tenant to customers
13) Integrated with classic client
14) They are mandatory with only option of delaying them

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1. Licensing 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Subscription Licensing
Perpetual Licensing
 
2. Architecture & Technology 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Automatic Upgrades 14
Store Applications (Extensions)
Table Extensions 4 4
Page Extensions 4 4
Modern Development Environment (Visual Studio Code with AL Language) 5
Customisation with Apps / Extensions 2.0
Graphical Role Centre Customisation 4
Graphical Fields Customisation 4
Graphical Pages Customisation 4 4
Outlook Integration (Outlook Add-in)
Task Scheduler
Brick Views 4 4
E-mail Body Templates with Microsoft Word
Customisation with Apps / Extensions 1.0 6
Automatic Testing (Test Codeunits)
Phone Client
Modern Reporting with Microsoft Word Layouts
Support for Azure SQL 11
Multitenant Databases 12
Tablet Client (Universal Application)
Queries
OData Web Services
Administration and Automation with PowerShell
Web Client
Modern Application Server (NAS - NAV Application Server) 7 7
SOAP Web Services
Server Administration Tool 10
Extensibility with Microsoft .NET Framework 3
Modern Reporting with SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) Layouts
Role Centers
RoleTailored Interface over a Wide Area Network
RoleTailored Client
Three-Tier Architecture
Job Queues
Extensibility with ActiveX 1 2 2 2 2 2
Classic Development Environment (C/SIDE with C/AL Language) 13 13 13 13
Customisation with C/AL
Classic Application Server (NAS - NAV Application Server)
Classic Reporting
Classic Client
Two-Tier Architecture
 
3. Integrations 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Integration with Microsoft Flow
Cortana Intelligence
Contact Synchronisation with Office 365
Integration with Outlook
Electronic Documents and Incoming Documents
Surface Microsoft Dynamics NAV Information Directly into SharePoint online
Interoperability with Office 365 and Office 365 Applications
Integration with Microsoft Office
 
4. General Functionalities 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Assisted Setup
Notifications
Workflows
Document Sending Profiles
Microsoft Social Engagement Integration
Provisioning Tools for Windows Azure
Data Upgrade Automation
Help Server
Microsoft Office Alignment of Dynamics NAV Windows and Web Clients
Application Profiler 8
Charting Capabilities
ADCS Using Web Services / Web Services
Document Approval
Navigation and Productivity Enhancements
Online Map
Graphical Production Schedule
 
5. Financial Management 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Missing Posting Setup Notifications
Employee Sub-Ledger
System-wide Dimension Filters
Deferrals
Posting Preview
Cash Management
Support for SEPA Credit Transfer & SEPA Direct Debit
Cost Accounting
Cash Flow Forecast
VAT Rate Change Tool
New Dimensions Engine (Dimension Sets)
Faster G/L Posting
Online Payment Services
Batch Creation of Journal Lines
Bank Account Management
Intercompany Purchase Cost Distribution
Prepayments
Reversal of Journal Postings (Unapply)
Partial Payment
Consolidation Enhancements
Predefined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Inter-company Postings
Fixed Assets
 
6. Manufacturing 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Two New Global Setup Fields 9
Enhanced Integration 9
Graphical Production Schedule 9
Manufacturing Module 9
 
7. Business Intelligence & Reporting 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Reporting in Excel
Power BI Reporting
Excel Read and Write Capabilities
Embedded Power BI
Excel Integration to Query
Jet Reports Express for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
New Office Format (Open XML) Integration
Predefined Charts and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
 
8. Supply Chain Management 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
OCR Recognition of Vendor Invoices
Item Classification Based on Images
Surcharges Based on Gross Weight and Volume
Item Attributes and Hierarchy
Item Availability by Event
Inventory Movements
Additional Default Bins and Dedicated Bins
Enhanced Integration to Service Management
Assembly Management
Supply Planning Setup Enhancements
Automated Data Capture System
Item Budgets
Planning Transparency
Picks
Standard Cost Worksheet
Price Management
Supply Planning
Costing
Item Tracking
 
9. Sales & Marketing 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Integration with Dynamics 365 for Sales
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Sales and Purchase Document Approval
Interaction/Document Management
Payment Terms Translation
Document Archiving
 
10. Service Management 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Enhanced Integration with Manufacturing, Warehouse Management and Assembly Management 9
Planning and Dispatching of Materials Overview 9
Service Order Management 9
Service Contract Management 9
Service Management Module 9
 
11. Project Management 3.7 4.0 5.0 2009 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 365 BC
Cancel or Correct Job Invoices
User Tasks
Project Manager Role Centre
Jobs WIP Calculation Compliance
Usage Link
Jobs