Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Due in May with New Web Interface, Power BI Connectivity

March 9 2016

Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap 2016 

Microsoft will release Dynamics GP 2016 on May 1 2016, the company confirmed today. The new version of the ERP solution for small and mid-sized businesses will feature a new HTML5 interface and web services designed for use with Power BI.

Product manager Pam Misialek made the announcement today on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog, writing:

"This is a powerful release because we believe it is going to transform the way people and businesses interact with and what they expect from their business solutions. First off Dynamics GP includes the new and modern HTML5 client that will work across devices like iPads and Android. It enables users to work when they want, how they want, with the device they want. It enables businesses to have control over how they leverage the cloud.

"Dynamics GP isn't just pretty, it's smart too. With the new Odata connections for PowerBI, Dynamics GP you can get more than just year to date sales, you can get knowledge to actually run the business instead of monitoring it."

Microsoft began revealing details about GP 2016 about six months ago with a roadmap update that planned for a release in the first half of 2016, as well as an "R2" release in the second half. The HTML5 interface was billed as one of the key enhancements in GP 2016. Unlike the existing GP web interface, which runs on Silverlight and was rolled out in phases, the new interface is expected to cover the entire product in its initial rollout.

Soon after that roadmap reveal, Microsoft also advised GP partners that it was aiming for an April 2016 release, making today's May 1 update an indication that release plans remain on track.

Remaining on schedule does not tell us where else progress will be made in the new release. There is a longer list of enhancements beyond the HTML5 interface that remain unconfirmed since the September 2015 status update.

But Misialek did write today that this more mobile-friendly, Power BI-friendly release will include "many features requested by the community and a few new designs our talented people though up like the All In One document viewer."

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