The annual NAV partner conference – Directions – kicks off tomorrow, and the most anticipated announcement this year is the unveiling of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. It’s anybody’s guess if NAV 2015 will immediately be available for new customers and/or customers looking to upgrade. There is certainly precedent for it. When NAV 2013 R2 was announced at last year’s Directions keynote session, it was immediately made available on PartnerSource for download.
In the last 24 hours, some strong ‘signs of life’ have begun appearing:
As we count down the hours, it’s clear that the NAV team at Microsoft is hard at work. Yesterday, Microsoft published the NAV 2015 Readiness Library on its PartnerSource portal (login required) with lots of demos, videos, how-tos, PowerPoint slide decks and Word documents. This should allow partners to hit the ground running.
Dynamics NAV app for Tablets
At the Worldwide Partner Conference a couple months ago, some “NAV on devices” teasers were shown with shots of a tablet app running on Windows, Apple and Android devices. Today, the official Dynamics NAV app is live on all three app stores (links below):
- Windows Store (for devices running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 RT)
- Apple iTunes / App Store (for iPad)
- Google Play store (for Android tablets)
The apps can be downloaded right now, but you won’t be able to do much with it until NAV 2015 is released since it needs to connect to a NAV service. If you are part of the NAV Crete TAP or Limited Beta program and have the Community Technical Preview version installed locally or on an accessible server, you may be able to use the app to connect to it. (Note: As of this writing, I haven’t had a chance to test and confirm this).
Update: The Windows / Apple / Android apps are available on tablets but not for phones.
Stay tuned for more information on NAV 2015 as it becomes available. Follow @LetsTalkNAV on Twitter for live updates and screenshots (if allowed) starting with tomorrow’s keynote session at 12:30PM Pacific Time.