By now it's no secret in the Business Central partner community that Microsoft has released the 2021 Release Wave 1 notes but in the Business Central customer community it may not be as well known. If you haven't seen all of the new features slated for release I highly recommend you take a half hour of your day and either look over the 2021 Release Wave 1 Notes document or listen to the podcast located at the end of this article.
In the upcoming 2021 Release Wave 1, Business Central is set to receive about 35 or so new features and because no two Business Central users are created alike there will be varying opinions of which are the best. So without further ado here's my top 5 favorite features in no particular order:
Reassign an environment from one Azure Active Directory organization to another (through Microsoft Support) | Administration Area
What this is saying that if a company changes it's name or merges with another company you'll be able to have Microsoft reassign an environment from one Azure AD organization to another.
For example, Your company has been operating under name ABC for two years but now the name has changed to XYZ. There was no way to update your Business Central Azure AD organization to reflect this. Your url, CSP listing, and some other things would always have to keep your previous name. The only way to make this change was creating a new account, migrating your information and then update your settings. It now appears you can just link the old account to the new account and all your settings and data are retained.
Improvements for the Delegated Administrators| Administration Area
Microsoft is going to allow Delegated Administrators to change settings that only licensed customers use to be able to do. This should expedite implementations and support. However, there is no word yet on exactly which actions Delegated Administrators will be able to perform.
Support cloud printing using Microsoft Universal Print | Better with Microsoft 365 Area
By using Universal Print which is a Microsoft Service, you'll be able to send documents and reports to any of the printers you have added to your Universal Print management page.
Look up Business Central contacts from within Microsoft Teams | Better with Microsoft 365 Area
Have you ever wanted to make a call to one of your Business Central contacts while you were in Microsoft Teams? In the past you'd have to switch from the Teams app to the Business Central app to look up the information and then switch back to Teams to make the call. No more, you'll now be able to see all the contacts details from within Teams.
Synchronize item availability from Business Central to Dynamics 365 Sales | Microsoft Power Platform Area
By enabling inventory availability synchronization, Item availability will automatically be synched between Business Central and D365 Sales. Therefore, when an inventory change happens in Business Central the change is automatically reflected in Dynamics 365 Sales.
There you have it, my top 5 favorite new features scheduled for release in the upcoming Business Central 2021 Release Wave 1. What are your favorites? Tell me in the comments section below.