Microsoft releases service pack for Navision

Microsoft Corp. recently released a service pack for Navision that adds a new portal to the suite of business management software.

Service Pack 1 for Navision 4.0 includes the Microsoft Navision Employee Portal, which is built from the integration between Navision and both Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server, according to Microsoft. The portal provides a Web interface employees can access to work with business information within Navision, according to Microsoft.

The service pack also includes enhancements to better integrate Navision 4.0 with Microsoft Office, SQL Server and Small Business Server.

Navision is part of Microsoft's enterprise resource planning, supply chain management and customer relationship management applications family, products that were formerly included in the Microsoft Business Solutions product line but were rebranded Dynamics by the company in September.

In addition to Navision, the next version of which will be called Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Dynamics includes Microsoft's Great Plains, Microsoft CRM, Axapta and Solomon software suites.

Dynamics also encompasses Project Green, a two-phase plan in which Microsoft plans to unify its business applications on one code base and integrate them with Microsoft Office, SharePoint Portal Server and SQL Server Reporting Services. The new service pack for Navision begins delivering on this vision, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft later this year plans to release new versions of its Great Plains and CRM products, which will be called Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. New versions of Axapta (Microsoft Dynamics AX), Dynamics NAV and Solomon (Microsoft Dynamics SL) are expected next year.

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