Dynamics NAV 5.0: New Features

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 beta is out and about, along with the “What’s New” training manuals. There are two volumes of training designed for dealers and implementers, but the basic information should be available on CustomerSource as soon as 5.0 actually starts shipping.
5.0 is expected to ship the first part of April (perhaps the very end of March). Nothing is out yet about whether the first shipments will contain the conversion kit necessary to move users from previous versions to the new version. The basic look and feel is about the same as 4.0, but there are about 500 pages of training just on the new features.
There are three that I’ve picked out from Volume I of the Whats New training (which I’ve finished reading) to discuss here. I also have some comments about the implications of some changes that are occurring in the development tool.
Here are the first changes I’ll talk about:
(a) Outlook integration which is much improved and fully customizable in 5.0
(b) Approvals which allow better control over sales and purchasing, and
(c) Export to Excel and Word using style sheets.
You’ll have to wait for more details. I’ll post them over the next few days.
Also, Microsoft Quarterly Partner Briefing for my area is next Wednesday. Might be something of note at that meeting.