Dynamics NAV 2017: Bringing Two Worlds Together

Dynamics NAV 2017 is now generally available for download on PartnerSource as announced by Paul White. Here on our blog, we'll post a couple of overviews of what is new in this release, and we'll share some technical insights  with you.

First in this series is today's story of how Dynamics NAV 2017 brings two worlds together.

In Office 365 experience

If your organization uses Office 365, Dynamics NAV 2017 includes an add-in so you can invoice your customers based on entries in your Outlook calendar. From a calendar appointment, you can open the Dynamics NAV add-in and get an overview for the customer associated with the appointment. Then, you can create and send an invoice for the services provided in the meeting - all of this happening right there in the Outlook calendar. You can work directly with attachments to the associated email. We've also made it easy to update the add-in - you'll get notified that a new version is ready for you in Outlook.

The add-in works for attachments in mail as well - you can send the email attachments directly to the Incoming Documents list and send the documents, such as PDF files, to an Optical Characters Recognition (OCR) service. Here the documents are turned into a machine-readable format so that the invoice information can be added automatically to Dynamics NAV - this reduces the risk of errors and as a result increases productivity.

From the Contacts List in Dynamics NAV, you can manually synchronize your Dynamics NAV contacts to Office 365 People. The contacts from Office 365 will sync back to Dynamics NAV as well. There is a filter that can be applied to the synchronization process so users will only need to sync the contacts they use most often. This same filter is used during the automatic background sync as well. This synchronization process also works with Microsoft Outlook on the desktop.

Embedded Power BI

You can use embedded Power BI to easily create insightful charts and reports using Power BI, and make them available within your Dynamics NAV 2017 Role Center.

Leverage the Dynamics NAV 2017 Power BI Content Pack to get started, and utilize existing Power BI security to manage reports.

Get started quickly by using the Dynamics NAV content pack. The content pack provides samples reports that you can use in both the demo or production environment. You can also make edits to the content pack that we provide.

Any report that is created in Power BI may be made visible on the Dynamics NAV 2017 Role Centers. This enables users to get the information they need to perform their job right from within their Role Center.

What's next?

These are just a few of the new capabilities in Dynamics NAV 2017. In the coming days, we'll talk about other changes, so stay tuned!

Comments (12)

  1. Tadej says:

    Download not working

    1. I got this fixed. In Internet Explorer, I had to click the gear icon in the top-right, and then choose F12 Developer Tools.

      Then, I had to select “Emulation” and change my “Document mode” to either 8 or 9 (apparently, both 8 & 9 are acceptable choices).

      IE does not appear to keep that setting, so once I made that selection, without closing/reopening IE, I went to PartnerSource & downloaded my file. It worked just fine!

      © Lyn Bar

  2. guido robben says:

    Maybe enhance a third and add 2017 to connect!

  3. Christian Clausen says:

    It seems the documentation on MSDN has not been updated for NAV 2017. Specifically, I was looking for “Developer and IT Pro Changes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV”, and only found documentation up to NAV 2016. Any ETA on documentation for NAV 2017?

  4. Eva Dupont (NAV UA team) says:

    Hi Christian,
    The Dynamics NAV 2017 developer and IT-pro content is published to a new location in MSDN. Here is the link:

    1. Christian Clausen says:

      Thanks! Any chance the old and new documentation sites will be linked? My preferred may of working so far when searching documentation has been to google (or bing:-)) e.g. a function name like SELECTLATESTVERSION, and then select the specific version, if needed. Now I need to search like this: “dynamics nav selectlatestversion site:https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics-nav” to find NAV 2017 documentation. When NAV 2018 is released, is the current documentation then overwritten?

  5. Where is some documentation how to setup and deploy the integration between Exchange and NAV 2017 (the Outlook for Financials)? It is not as easy as just “run the assisted setup”. E.g. no documentation about “Exchange Identity” Credential Type, Exchange Identifier maping etc. As I think that this feature is one from the biggest changes in NAV 2017, I expected much bigger support for how to use it.

    1. Jared Hall says:

      Hi Kamil,

      Sorry for the delay in response. Documentation for deploying the Outlook add-in is posted on MSDN here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics-nav/setting-up-office-add-ins-outlook-inbox.


      1. Nikolay Topalov says:

        Jared, thanks for the details. However I think the link “https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics-nav/setting-up-office-add-ins-outlook-inbox?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396” is more like for the Office Add-in, not for exchange integration in general, or it is ? I noticed that there are some code for the exchange integration as in codeunit 5320 Exchange Web Services Client; 5321 Exchange Web Services Server, but I miss some details how this could be configurable. Are we able to create appointments direct in exchange (w/o going through Outlook) from NAV To-dos ? I am really searching for solution to this scenario and looking forward to some news about it. Appreciate your replies !

  6. Jakub Vanak says:

    When will be supported Windows Server 2016 (in an ideal case Windows Server Core – Windows Container support – there is a problem with Identity Foundation package)? I can see Microsoft is going by this way and I hope that NAV server will be supported as well (it would be a very nice).

    1. Dear Jakub Vanak,

      According to our tests, NAV installs and works on Windows 2016. Officially (support wise), we aim to support Windows 2016 three months after GA. We will post a note on this blog, when Windows 2016 is officially supported on NAV.

      Regarding support for Core and Docker containers, we have other priorities for the moment. But your comment is noted (and these are also in our product backlog)

      1. Jakub Vanak says:

        Thank you for your feedback and for including Core/Docker support in the list…

        Right now is impossible to start NAV containers even when the installation succeed. I have also serveral docker compose files and all necessary scripts to install, run and configure both – SQL and NAV in independent containers but NAV fails when building the business logic (txt to cs). I can see problems with WIM (pagefile etc.) at least.

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