Microsoft Fall Release – Dynamics 365 & Azure Dev Ops

This fall has provided a plethora of new features and functionality from Microsoft across all of its business applications. Some products and services are completely new, some are enhanced, some are updated, and some are a little bit of both of all of that with a nice new name to boot.

The October 2018 Release – Business Applications

Microsoft’s latest set of business application releases is aimed at further bringing digital transformation within reach for businesses.

  • Enhancements to Dynamics 365 applications
  • New intelligence applications
  • New Power platform capabilities
  • Data integration
  • Deeper integrations between Microsoft products
  • Performance, usability, and supportability enhancements

Check out the full list of release notes on the Microsoft doc here.

What’s New for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Specifically

Below are the new or updated features for the October release. More details are available here.

  • Use shared number sequences to copy customers or vendors
  • Customer transactions list page
  • Vendor transaction list page
  • Financial dimensions
  • Extensibility enhancements (more details)
    • Refactored methods to support extensibility
    • Enumerations made extensible
    • Extensible SQL Operations
    • Metadata changes
  • Phantom items
  • Russian localization
  • VAT reporting for the United Arab Emirates

Also worth checking out are these links, if you are looking for a guide to moving to the latest update of Finance and Operations or updating environments from version 8.0 to 8.1.

Azure DevOps (formerly Visual Studio Team Services)

As you may have seen by now, Azure DevOps launched last month. Meant to be a culmination of the past 15 years of Microsoft’s software development support tools, these services are built to assist the development lifecycle from start to finish. To learn more, check out the videos below or read up on each new service here.

Azure Pipelines

Azure Boards

Azure Artifacts

Azure Repos

Azure Test Plans

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