What's New in NAV 2013 R2 Part 3: Improved Web Client
The web client was a big success with the initial release of Dynamics NAV 2013. With Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Microsoft has continued the development of the web client to include most, if not all, of the functionality available with the standard Windows client or RTC.
Office 365 sales have been soaring and the web client now has full integration with it. For those of you who might not be familiar with Office 365 it is essentially the same suite of products you are used to accessing on your local computer: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. The difference is that the documents are not stored locally, but in the cloud in a remote location. With this new integration users can now seamlessly login to their Office 365 accounts with single sign-on and easily perform ad-hoc analysis and reporting. Users can store their documents on Microsoft SkyDrive and easily access them from any client from any location. Developers shouldn’t feel left out, though. Microsoft has completed the ODATA functionality it started with Dynamics NAV 2013 and R2 now allows you to write that data from the client.
These changes drive home what I love about Microsoft’s current direction: interface standardization. I come from an educational technology / interface design background and the number one complaint I always hear about software is “It’s too hard to figure out!!” The first step to making software easier is to allow users to instinctively learn from other software, to easily move from application to application. Microsoft is nudging developers in the right direction which will do nothing but make better software and happier customers in the long run.