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Microsoft Dynamics NAV Versions List

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) software for Mid Size Companies provided by Microsoft Cooperation. Dynamics NAV started journey from 1985.

This page gives a brief history of the versions of Navision. Which has had a very colorful history of changing its name further down is a list of all the versions of "Navision" that have been released over the years.
Dynamics NAV Versions List
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Dynamics NAV Versions List

  • PC Plus (1985)
  • Navigator (ver 1 and 2 1987) This name used in Denmark
  • IBM Navigator (ver 3.00 thru 3.04 1990) This name used in Denmark
  • Navigator (ver 3.50 thru 3.56 1994) This name used in Denmark
  • Navision (1990)
  • Fjödiner (1990) This name used in Iceland
  • Avista (1992) This name used in The USA
  • Navision for Windows (3.1 1993) Product prototype never released
  • Navigator Financials (0.9 thru 2.6 1994) This name used in Denmark
  • Navision Financials (1.0 thru 2.60 1995)
  • Avista Financials (1.1 thru 1.2 1995) This name used in The USA, but
  • Fjödiner Financials (help me here) This name used in Iceland
  • Navision Solutions (ver 3.00 2000)
  • Navision Attain (ver 3.01 thru 3.10 2001)
  • Navision (ver 3.60 thru 3.70 2003)
  • MBS Navision (marketing name only)
  • Dynamics NAV (4.00 2005)
  • Dynamics NAV 5.00 (2007)
  • Dynamics NAV 5.1 (Dynamics NAV 2008) (canceled)
  • Dynamics NAV 6.0 (canceled)
  • Dynamics NAV 2009: ("6.00") 2009, 2009 SP1, 2009 R2
  • Dynamics NAV 2013: ("7.00") 2013, ("7.1") 2013 R2
  • Dynamics NAV 2015: ("8.00") 2015
  • Dynamics NAV 2016: ("9.00") 2016
  • Dynamics NAV 2017 (Upcoming Version not yet released)
          Generation Zero
          DOS and the predecessors to Navision as a true ERP package.

          PC PlusReleased in 1985, PC Plus was the first product released by PC C This DOS product was released only in Denmark. It was a very simple yet powerful single user accounting package, with G/L, Debtors, creditors and Inventory modules.

          Navigator 1.0I have never seen this product. Any information about it would be much appreciated.
          Navigator 1 when introduced in 1987 was very much ahead of its time, with features such as:
          • Client/Server (possibly the first every client server based accounting package)
          • Transaction based
          • Versioning system
          • OLAP
          Navigator 2.0
          The 2.xx version again was a Danish product, sold under the name of IBM Navigator. It came with he ability to write your own reports, and make some changes to the database it self. The biggest thing is that it was a full Client/Server multi user package. It introduced the basis of the version principle. It also had a form of Flow Field technology that allowed some analytical reporting.

          Generation One
          Client Server is defined

          Navision 3.00
          This could be considered as the first True product that is Navision as we know it today. it introduced a full IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This allowed partners to modify the system and make very deep customizations for their clients. This was all handled in the AL Programming Language, meaning Application Language. AL was never designed as a development language, but as a tool to make it simple and easy to make changes to the Navigator business logic.

          Navision 3.04
          General release version. This version included many minor fixes and functionality tweaks. This was the product first named "Navision", and really is the product that put PC&C and Navision on the map.
          • AL Programming Language
          • Function Libraries
          • Design Tools - Screens, Tables, Reports, Imports, Batches and Functions.
          • Structured exception handling
          • Resource Management
          Navision 3.50
          This version was designed as a cross platform system, introducing (beyond OS/2 and DOS), support for Unix and integration with other products.

          Navision 3.51
          Unix version AIX

          Navision 3.52
          HPUX Unix

          Navision 3.53C
          Tool kit is introduced. This allows access to the Navision database from external applications using the C++ library

          Navision 3.55New features with this version:
          • Navision ODBC interface
          • C/FRONT interface
          • Commit Cache
          • SETGLOBAL filter
          • Support for Oracle and Informix as the backend server.
          • Windows NT client server support.
          and a few other powerful features. Other wise pretty much a solid upgrade from 3.04. Possibly the last version of Navision that brought improvements over its predecessor, without introducing any new problems. For the first time Navision open up access to their otherwise "proprietary" database. The C++ libraries DLLs are exposed to developers, so that it is now possible to access the Database through C++ code.

          Navision 3.56
          Native support for Windows NT is released. Running the old DOS extended version under NT, or the OS/2 version in compatibility mode is no longer required.
          Last DOS version.

          Generation Two

          Navision for Windows 3.10
          Prototype only, never released.
          The release of the Windows Version Navision have been trying to decide if they should release an 8 bit Screen scraper version of Navision to run on windows 3.1, or if they should start from scratch and build a new Windows 16 bit product to run under windows 95. In 1993 the produce a windows 3.1 prototype, and this is shown to a limited number of partners and customers at CeBit in Germany.
          After further work, and looking at other Screen scraper products int he market, Navision decide that they should continue to sell the existing Text based product, and develop a full 16 bit Windows 95 product.
          In 1995, Navision released its first true windows version.

          Navigator Financials 0.90
          A key target for Navision is to gain the "Made for Windows 95" logo. Navision is the first Accounting package to receive this logo. The product has a very "MS Office" look and feel, and is used by Microsoft Partners to demonstrate Windows 95.
          The new version of AL is very well executed, though has a couple of major bugs. And there is no report designer.

          Navigator Financials 1.00
          1996. Very buggy product (0.9 the beta version was actually more stable). users on this version have a lot of problems to move, and often clients had to start their implementation from scratch to move to 1.1
          No upgrade path from DOS to 1.0

          Navision Financials 1.10
          Generally looked up as "The Upgrade version" this product became the starting point if you moved from DOS to windows.

          Navision Financials 1.20
          Limited release version. This product introduced Human Resources, which in reality was a stripped down component of the US payroll system. Added to the W1 version to make management of Payroll implementations easier.
          Significant changes include a whole new method of generating document numbers. Whilst functionally powerful, it introduced a lot of serious locking issues that remain with Navision even today.
          Primarily released for the US market because of delays in getting 1.30 ready to release, and the long gap since the release of 1.10

          Navision Financials 1.30
          In the Financials world (except The USA), Version 1.3 was the base on which Navision moved forward. This version was very fast and simple, the code was easy to follow, and very reliable. Possibly the most stable of all Navision products.
          Substantial changes made to posting group setups. International version not released in the US.

          Navision Financials 1.40
          Not officially released.

          Navision Financials 2.00
          EUR conversion and Y2K. 2.00 was virtually the version previously known as 1.40; the renumbering was done to indicate the importance of the Euro. Unofficially, it was pushed by some partners as the Year 2000 (Y2k) version even though ALL products from PC C had always been Year 2000 compatible.

          Navision Financials 2.01
          For most people 2.01 is thought of as the version where the Print Button finally works. Although not a major issue, it was very frustrating to have a print button that does nothing. Also OnTimer on forms. Interestingly the developement team were told that they were allowed to fix 80 bugs or issues in Navision 2.00, so they traveled and asked many partners for advise as to which 80 bugs should go on the list. A working Print button was by far the number on request.

          Navision Financials 2.50The SQL option for Navision is released. Initially Navision stated that the release of a SQL version was delayed to wait for SQL 7.0 since there were issues running on SQL 6.5. But the version released for SQL 2.5 is very unstable, and causes many to have a very bad taste for Navision on SQL.
          Customers on 2.50 SQL had serious consistency issues, and were advised to move to 2.60 ASAP

          Navision Financials 2.60
          Following the SQL issues, and numerous other bugs in 2.50, Navision release 2.60 very soon after 2.50. It is apparent very quickly that for the Native Database, 2.60 is an extremely stable product. The reputation of Navision continues to grow. Very little new functionality is added, but just about everything is fixed (so long as you don't like Average costing).
          This is traditionally one o the most reliable Navision products.

          Navision Financials 2.60AD
          Navision generally has a reputation of delivering simple reliable fast software. 2.60 AD broke all these traditions. The design was poor, and even if you did not activate the AD functionality, the system was extremely slow and very buggy. The AD modifications did not follow Navision Guidelines, and data corruptions became very common. Core to most of the problems, was extensive modification of Tables 36 and 37 to do things they were never designed for, like transfers.
          General consensus would put this as the most buggy and by far worst version of Navision ever released.
          A core issue of 2.60AD is that the Advanced Distribution enhancements very rarely fit to a companies needs, but making even the slightest code change generally had an on going domino effect such that the NSC would be continually fixing bugs.

          Navision Financials 2.60M
          2.60M was 2.60 with the Manufacturing Add-On integrated. It basically worked, but was generally too slow to work for the companies it was designed for, so was not too successful. It did though give a good test base for the future version to come.

          Navision Financials 2.65
          The first Commerce Gateway release. (Courtesy of bbrown)

          Navision Solutions 3.00
          Navision Solutions. Actually this limited release version, I have never seen installed at a client site. I am not sure if this was ever even supposed to be sold.
          The version appeared more to be a NSC Preview version to prepare staff for what was to come. In that regard it sort of did the job, but was not complete enough to train on, so not of great benefit.
          Introduces Navision Application Server

          Navision Attain 3.01This version was mainly a huge series of bug fixes over version 3.00, but unfortunately in it self introduced many more problems than it solved. There are a number of issues with Inventory Costing, and an upgrade from 2.60M with Lot Numbers, Serial Numbers or Average Cost to 3.01 is an almost guaranteed disaster.

          Navision Attain 3.10
          The move to having Ledgers broken into two separate tables (one for the transaction it self, and one for the Accounting value) is finally solved and working. 3.10 is missing a few things, bins being the most significant, but other wise this is a great product. I know clients that installed it when it was first released, and are still very happy on it today. Sales Tax rounding is an issue in the US.
          Manufacturing now works, and is a serious product for real manufacturing companies.
          Navision Attain 3.60
          Navision Attain 3.60A
          Navision Attain 3.60B

          Microsoft Business Solutions Navision 3.70
          3.70 was a significant version release for Navision. with 3.70 and the service packs A and B, many of the bugs introduced since 3.00 were now resolved, and this product put Navision back on the path of delivering solid, reliable software.

          Microsoft Business Solutions Navision 3.70A
          Mainly bugfix release. Many changes to Warehouse Management to improve integration & performance on SQL.

          Microsoft Business Solutions Navision 3.70B
          Introduces Industry Template Solutions. Commerce Gateway supports Microsoft Biztalk Server 2004. Numerous bugfixes.

          Microsoft Business Solutions NAV 4.00
          Introduced the Menu Suite, which completely changed the menu structure of the product. This was the first step in making the menu role-oriented instead of functionality oriented. This was very hard for both existing users and consultants to accept. A lot of companies postponed or canceled upgrades from previous versions because of a fear of extended training needed - "just" because of the new menu structure.

          Dynamics NAV 4.00 sp1
          Dynamics NAV 4.00 SP2
          Although not actually a new version of Navision, this service pack was more than many new versions in Navision. Thus it is being included as a version rather than just a service pack.

          Dynamics NAV 4.00 sp3
          Fix to the SQL security model.

          Dynamics NAV 5.00
          Dynamics NAV 5.00 sp1
          The most significant feature of this version, is that for the first time in the History of NAV, Sift Technology is no longer available. Instead Indexed views are used. For more information see the Dynamics NAV 5.00 sp1 article.

          Generation Three
          The introduction of three tier, and the new graphical client.
          Canceled. (renamed to NAV 6.00)
          Canceled. (renamed to NAV 2009)

          Dynamics NAV 2009
          The first release of the Three Tier Client has been officially renamed to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 the release was announced in October 2008 at Convergence in Denmark.
          This version is the first major rewrite of the Navision product since Navision Financials.
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          Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

          Microsoft recently announced for there new Version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017. This end long awaiting NAV 2017 release first step. During this release several new features also added to the application in addition to the earlier ones.  

          As its a beta release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV this will only available to partner source members only. Till official release of  this product can able to cross check the functionality.

          Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017
          Dynamics NAV 2017

          New Features of Dynamics NAV 2017 as follows

          There are several changes made for Front end users. Some of them are as follows

          New Features for Front End Users

          Richer Incoming Documents

          • Incoming Documents will show non processed one only
          • OCR Support for different Lines
          • Easily Correct OCR errors
          Inventory Items with Item Attributes and Categorize items 
          • For better categorization items group and inventory handling

          Smarter Sales and Purchase Documents

          • Cancel posted Credit Memos
          • Package Tracking No. and Shipping Agent Code on sales invoices

          Chart Of Account with Account Categories

          • Account categories and subcategories to group GL (General Ledger) accounts.

          Payment Reconciliation

          • Outstanding Payments and Outstanding Transaction visibility increased on pages and Reports.


          • Project Manager field display added on Job and based upon that the default jobs will display. Also some functionality changes introduced
          • Job Cost value added on Job cards and this will consider further process.

          Fixed Asset

          • Fixed Asset process improved.

          Dynamics CRM integration Process Simplified

          • Easy setups provided for Dynamics CRM integration.

          Smart notifications give you advice and recommendations

          • Notifications functionality improved a lot


          Following extensions added by Microsoft.
          •  PayPal Payments Standard 
          •  QuickBooks Data Migration 
          •  Sales and Inventory Forecast 
          •  Envestnet Yodlee Bank Feeds

          Office 365

          • Now we can integrate the Office 365 with Dynamics NAV 2017. So Calendar, meeting etc. will automatically integrate.
          US Financial Reports
          4 new financial reports added on US version
          • Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow Statement, Retained Earnings Statement 

          New Features for Back End Users (Tech Developers)


          • Multilanguage captions 
          • Support for additional object types 
          • Support for default or starting data for new tables 
          • Support for .NET Framework add-ins 
          • Support for web services 
          • Restore and backup data in extensions
          • Updated Windows PowerShell cmdlet for publishing extensions 
          • Installing extensions

            Web Services in multitenant deployments

            • You can publish per-tenant web services in situations where a web service has not been published for all tenants of the service

            Notifications in the UI

            • Introduces a programmatic way to send non-intrusive notifications to the UI in the Dynamics NAV Web client

            Setup data in the US version 

            • 2 RapidStart packages that will enable a fast implementation for a new company. 

            Application area tagging

            • Offers developers, administrators, and users the ability to define differentiated user experiences according to application scope

            Time series library

            • The time series library is used by the Sales and Inventory Forecast extension.
            For Downloading Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 click on the following link

            How to create New Bank Account in Navision (Dynamics NAV)?

            Whenever a new Bank Account creates then you should define that in the system by following 4 steps.

            1. Create a G/L Account No. for Bank Account In the Chart of Accounts
            2. Create Bank Accounts Details in the Bank Accounts Card
            3. Assigning Voucher Numbers
            4. Create a number series and attach in the Journal Templates
              Bank Account Card Form
              Bank Account Card in NAV 2009

            ose you have create a new Bank Account in HSBC bank with account number 5700236-1327-CC. Then if you want that to be updated in the Navision you have to be follow these steCreating a G/L Account No. for Bank Account In the Chart of Accounts

            1. Open Chart Of Account Window (Financial Management -- General Ledger -- Chart Of Account)
            2. Press F3 in the place where you want to create a G/L Account. Type the number in the No field. Description in the Description Field ie, if the previous number is 141010 and next number is 141020 then you have to create the account number as 141015.
            3. After that go to the Functions -- Indent Chart Of Accounts

            Create Bank Accounts Details in the Bank Accounts Card

            1. Open a Bank Account Card (Financial Management -- Cash Management -- Bank Accounts )
            2. Press F3 over there and fill the details of Bank. ie, No, Name, Address, State, Country etc.
            3. You can give the Communication details in the communication tab. ie, Phone No, Fax No., E-mail.
            4. Fill the Posting Tab details. Here you can enter the Currency code, Last Check No etc. But important among these to fill up the Bank Acc. Posting Group, where you have to select the G/L account for the Bank Account you have created.
            5. Fill the Transfer Tab details such as Bank Branch No., Bank Account No., Transit No, SIFT code etc.

            Assigning Voucher Numbers

            1. Open the Company Information Card(Financial Management -- Setup -- General -- Company Information)
            2. Company -- Voucher No. Series
            3. Select Bank Receipt Voucher and go to Voucher -- Account.
            4. There you select the account type Bank Account and Account No. as previously created Bank Account No.

            Create a number series and attach in the Journal Templates

            1. Open Journal Template window from Financial Management -- Setup -- General -- Journal Templates
            2. There in the Name field type one code for HSBC.
            3. Better you fill the Description Field as HSBC/c No: 5700236-1327-CC Debts(Sample)
            4. After that you have to select the column Sub type as Bank Receipt Voucher for one line and in the second line Bank Payment Voucher.
            5. You have to create and attach Number series for each line.
            Now the Bank Account is ready to do anything via Navision.

            Jubel Thomas

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