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Microsoft Dynamics NAV – system version comparison
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A bit of evolution with a pinch of revolution – this is how you can briefly describe how Microsoft Dynamics NAV has changed between versions 4.0 and the most recent 2017.
Below you will find a selection of the most interesting functions and features that were added over the years. The whole list can be downloaded here:

http://www.dynamicsdc.co.uk/en/dynamics-nav-version-comparison
 
GENERAL FEATURES
  4.0 5.0 2009 2013 13R2 2015 2016 2017
Embedded O365 Experience               +
Item Attributes and Hierarchy               +
Extensions             + +
Workflow Templates             + +
Currency Exchange Rates (possible links to various banks)             + +
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)             + +
Verified VAT Registration Number           + + +
Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Phones and Tablets           + + +
Single Sign On         + + + +
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client       + + + + +
Multi-tier Architecture     + + + + + +
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
  4.0 5.0 2009 2013 13R2 2015 2016 2017
Posting Preview             + +
Deferrals             + +
Support for SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit (od 2015)           + + +
Reconciliation of Incoming and Outgoing Bank Transactions           + + +
Cash Management         + + + +
VAT Rate Change Tool       + + + + +
New Dimension Set Entry Table       + + + + +
Reversal of Journal Postings (Unapply)   + + + + + + +
Inter-company postings + + + + + + + +
Fixed Assets + + + + + + + +
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
  4.0 5.0 2009 2013 13R2 2015 2016 2017
Item Availability by Event       + + + + +
Inventory Movements       + + + + +
Assembly Management       + + + + +
Pick + + + + + + + +
Price Management + + + + + + + +
Supply Planning + + + + + + + +
Costing + + + + + + + +
Item Tracking + + + + + + + +
SALES, MARKETING & JOBS
  4.0 5.0 2009 2013 13R2 2015 2016 2017
Sales and Purchase Document Approval   + + + + + + +
Jobs WIP Calculation Compliance         + + + +
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND REPORTING
  4.0 5.0 2009 2013 13R2 2015 2016 2017
Embedded Power BI               +
Excel Add-In for Ad-hoc Reporting       + + + + +
Jet Reports Express for Microsoft Dynamics NAV     + + + + + +
Open XML Integration   + + + + + + +
Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Driver + + + + + + + +
 
Based on Microsoft materials.


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Dynamics NAV New Features
What's new in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017
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