If you are a NAV customer based in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, or Turkey, or if you are planning to deploy NAV in one of these 15 countries, this is a reminder to you that Microsoft will no longer be providing your country localizations or language translations from April 1, 2013.
This also means that Microsoft will not be offering these in future versions of NAV. However, this is not all gloom and doom, nor is there reason to panic.
Per the official announcement on CustomerSource, Microsoft is transitioning the delivery and support to “our channel partner ecosystem” through the Partner Localization and Translation Licensing Program (PLLP).
If you are on NAV 5.0 up to 2009 R2, Microsoft will still provide both the localization and translation while these versions are supported.
Also, the good news is that there are already 40 or so channel partners who have signed on to the PLLP as of April this year, and they are committed to having their respective localizations and translations ready when NAV 2013 launches.
There is a very detailed 5 page FAQ related to this and the PLLP on CustomerSource, which you can download by clicking here.
View our blog post on Microsoft’s product support lifecycle to learn more about the policy and dates and when support for various versions of NAV will end.
Note: To download or view the links to Microsoft CustomerSource in this post, you will need to log in to CustomerSource.