The new MS Dynamics NAV, which had originally been codenamed Sicily, will be called Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 and be released in the final quarter of the year, reports MSDynamicsWorld.
The new release is set to update its client interface with Windows 8 styling, whilst it will also support and be compatible with Office 365.
The news was announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2013, where Jesper Lachance Raebild, Dynamics NAV product marketing manager, even hinted that an “end-to-end update” may be implemented further down the line. The presentation also suggested that there may be additional tools that will support local-scale hosting, but no more details were given on this. Analysts have already suggested that this may mean multi-tenancy partner hosting in Azure.
Microsoft has suggested that the R2 release will be centred on four main structures: Instant Value, Services, Devices and One Microsoft. Small demos were revealed to partners, highlighting the new interface, although it is still unclear how many NAV screens will get this new look.
Mr Lachance Raebild added that these changes will come down to decisions made by the partner. He said: “It is up to you to decide what it will take for your business to be successful. We have focus areas that we think where the market is moving, that will push the way we develop our products and partner programs, but at the end of the day, it is your call.”
Beyond this release, the next major rollout is set to be NAV ‘Crete’ in 2014, and then future releases every consecutive year after. Microsoft hopes to formulate further compatibility with Windows Azure hosting, RapidStart Services, SharePoint and Office 365 next year.
Further details on the R2 release will be announced at the Directions events in the US and Europe later this year.