History of Navision – Dynamics NAV – Dynamics 365 Business Central

What is Navision?

It all started in Denmark back in 1984 as the first version of PC Plus was released by three college students as a single user application with basic accounting functionality. In 1987 the solution was renamed to Navision (it was a client/server application!) and in 1990 started selling internationally and reached a phenomenal success. In 1995 the first Windows version, Navision Financials 1.00 was introduced.

Microsoft Dynamics

Navision A/S, the creators of Navision software grew fast and the company was acquired by Microsoft in 2002. The product was merged to one category together with previously acquired Great Plains and rebranded to Microsoft Business Solutions – Navision. In 2005 the solution was rebranded again to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The Dynamics family by now included:

  • Dynamics NAV;
  • Dynamics AX (previously Axapta);
  • Dynamics GP (previously Great Plains);
  • Dynamics SL (previously Solomon);
  • Dynamics CRM, Dynamics C5 (previously Damgaard C5).

How Did the Navision / Dynamics NAV / Business Central evolved over the years:

1995 – 2002:

Navision Financials 1.00 – 2.60

Navision Attain 3.01 – 3.60

2002 – 2005:

Microsoft Business Solutions Navision 3.70: 3.70, 3.70A, 3.70B

Microsoft Business Solutions NAV 4.00: 4.00, 4.00 SP1, 4.00 SP2, 4.00 SP3

2005 – 2008:

Dynamics NAV 5.00: 5.00, 5.00 SP1

2008 – 2012:

Dynamics NAV 2009 (6.00): 2009, 2009 SP1, 2009 R2

This was the most radical change at a time, where Microsoft has introduced a brand new UI, new set of objects and the role-tailored client (later renamed to Windows Client).

2013 – 2017:

Dynamics NAV 2013 (7.00);

Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 (7.10);

Dynamics NAV 2015 (8.00)

Dynamics NAV 2016 (9.00)

Dynamics NAV 2017 (10.00)

Dynamics NAV 2018 (11.00)

Much of what we use today in Business Central was introduced during these years. From Dynamics NAV 2013 onwards SQL server was mandatory, role-tailored experience, RDLC reporting was the only option, support for 64-bit Windows, interoperability with Sharepoint and the first web client. Later versions saw many improvements such as improved reporting, email integration and bank integration.

2018 – 2019:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: Oct’18, Apr’19 releases

This time it was not only rebranding the product but also many great improvements such as: native integrations with O365, D365 for sales, integrated AI, fresh user interface, much improved web client, modern coding environment, read more on Business Central capabilities here.

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