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Difference Between Dynamics 365 and Navision 2017

Microsoft has been offering various of its software solutions for businesses, among which Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 are most used for streamlining the business. Dynamics 365 is a unified form of ERP and CRM, and a complete platform comprising security and intelligence. It also integrates well with other MS products like Office 365, Azure, MS intelligence and other third party applications. On the other hand, NAV 2017 comprises added benefits for the businesses. Dynamics 365 for Financials is Microsoft's latest launched product that is entirely based on the Cloud and has been developed keeping the Dynamics Navision as its base. Since both these solutions are strong, a comparison between the two would give a clear understanding as to which solution should is best for your particular requirements.

Dynamics 365 for Financials is a newly launched product by Microsoft which is fully based on Cloud. The product is developed keeping Microsoft Dynamics Navision as base. Following is the list of differences which could be identified when compared to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017.

User Interface:

  • Dynamics 365 for Financials is a web based applications hosted on the Cloud, so it doesn't need installation at client's end. Also this can be used from the web browser, tablet application and mobile application.

  • NAV 2017 can be installed either on Azure or on On-premise server. While the look and feel of NAV 2017 web browser is similar to that of Dynamics 365 for financials, it can be used from Windows client or from mobile application, web browser and tablet application.


  • In comparison to NAV 2017, Dynamics 365 for financials doesn't offer modules and their functionalities regarding production, warehouse, human resource & service.

Finance Module:

  • While comparing D365 for financials with NAV 2017, it doesn't offer finance module such as Intercompany transactions.

Sales & Marketing Module:

NAV 2017 carries following features regarding sales & marketing module, while D365 doesn't:

  • Item charge

  • Shipping agents

  • Shipment methods

Purchase Module:

NAV 2017 carries following features regarding purchase module, while 365 doesn't:

  • Purchase quote

  • Item charge

Item Functionality:

  • NAV 2017 supports various other functionalities like locations, lot tracking and related funcationlity and D365 for financials doesn't.


NAV 2017 offers following features in regard with administration, while D365 for financials doesn't:

  • Links” to attach documents

  • Notes” for adding information or notifying the users

  • Comments” for adding any comment for additional information


While D365 for financials offers customization only via Extensions, NAV 2017 supports it via extensions along with touching the base code.

From above cited comparison and considering the requirements of SMEs, we assume that D365 for financials is good for SMEs, while NAV 2017 is a better choice for a large enterprise. Also, the missing features from the D365 for financials will be added to the future release for best benefits of small enterprises. Renowned for best outsourcing Navision development, Navision India is your true Dynamics Partner in India. Get in touch with us to fulfill your end-to-end Navision development requirements with your trusted Indian Navision Partner at the earliest.

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