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UI enhancements in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Wave 2

Dynamics 365 has come out with a comprehensive plan for the release of business central 2020 wave 2. In this article I will focus on updates to page styling, more responsive FactBoxes, and an upgraded dialog bar for a seamless service and optimized productivity.

Page styling updates

You can’t have any new features brought in without a fresh new style that enhances the experience altogether. That’s what Microsoft did when they introduced Wave 2, with beautiful and sleek changes to task dialogs, embedded lists, and stylistic appearances. Task dialogs will now be more focused on completing current tasks, with a display in specific commands and an easier way to exit the dialog. They can also now be shown in the middle of the screen, actions will be represented below the page caption, and consistent results when trying to maximize any task dialog either vertically or horizontally will be applied.

Other stylistic changes include an improved space for the embedded lists, showing off how lists parts will stretch to fill the available space when inside a group, or how pages with multiple list parts will no longer waste space by being split into nested groups. Not to mention, minor details like font adjustments and font sizing have been made, with the Bahnschrift font being removed.

A more responsive FactBox

FactBoxes have been super important in some of what Microsoft offers, which is why their upgrade in the business central 2020 wave 2 has been so important. Not only are they easier to view, but their interaction has also overall been optimized for a number of features. This allows FactBox to run smoother on the page, now being loaded to give priority to show the main content of that page.

Content for the hosted page will now be displayed first, which will then be followed by any FactBoxes in order on how they are shown on the page. FactBoxes can also continue to run within the same session, but can also be changed by a developer so that the FactBox is explicitly implemented as a page background task. Last but not least, FactBoxes can be collapsed and won’t run on the opening page unless the FactBox pane is expanded.

An improved navigation experience terminology

One of the key updates to modern clients in the business central application provides and clear and concise list of features that help with training, onboarding, and day-to-day work. The updated features in the navigation experience include minor but impactful changes likes the non-promoted group being renamed to ‘unrelated’ and the group called report has now been changed to ‘reports’. The action that was previously shown as Navigate is now changed to ‘find entries’ and has now gained a keyboard shortcut to find it faster.

Although you may think this may have been a lot to read, this was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the latest news surrounding the Business Central 2020 Wave 2.

New Features: Optimizing of pages

Page Loading

One of the highly expected changes is optimization of pages. With the upcoming major version (2020 Wave 1) there should be a lot of changes to the behaviour and performance in pages.

In the current version (2019 Wave 2 and older) the page is not opened till all data are loaded. So if the loading process is longer than usual, the user may feel the system is not responding.

With the improvements in 2020 Wave 1 the page opens without waiting for data. Once data are loaded, the page is updated and data shown. If the user close the page and open again, the page load cached data first then, and then, when new data from DB are loaded, the page is updated with new set of data. The cache is stored throughout the session only, so if user’s session end (for example due to inactivity) all stored caches are destroyed.

Collapse / Expand Lines on any page

Another much-needed change in behaviour on pages was the ability for users to collapse subforms, especially in documents. This functionality add users more ways how to optimize pages on which they are working and if they don’t need subforms they have much more spaces for other tabs.

All released or planned features from Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Wave 1 could be found on Microsoft Docs.