GP 2016 R2 is scheduled to be released late November or early December. Going forward, Microsoft will be moving from a semi-annual to an annual GP release schedule after hearing from partners that neither they nor their customers could keep up with the quick pace of semiannual updates and therefore weren’t able to take advantage of the offering. GP “Next” as it is called today, will be released in the second half of 2017.
Some other key notes:
– Upgrading customers to GP 2016 was a key theme of reIMAGINE 2016. The new web client and other modernizing enhancements like web services with OData and Power BI integration improve the product’s image and new Azure-based hosting options add flexibility and improve interaction with other modern Microsoft offerings.
– At both events, Microsoft executives assured GP partners that Dynamics 365 Business Financials does not replace GP, and VARs don’t even need to add it to their businesses if they don’t feel it is a good fit. It is, as Microsoft described it, one more option for partners to consider selling.
– Microsoft announced plans for a GP to Dynamics 365 Business Financials data migration tool and related incentives as there will be GP customers who will want to migrate to 365.
After hearing from Microsoft, it is safe to assume that Dynamics GP will be around for a long, long time. According to Pam Misialek, a Microsoft executive, “Microsoft will keep developing Dynamics GP as long as Partners keep selling it.”