Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations

Microsoft Dynamics 365(F&O)/Ax-2012

Are you confused, what are the products in Dynamics 365? People over the years have asked me a few below questions. For example, what is AX (Axapta), what is Dynamics GP, what is Business Central?

To clarify confusion and misconceptions about Microsoft Dynamics, I have listed out my thoughts about AX and Dynamics 365 and the history of this ERP. Microsoft Dynamics AX was initially developed by IBM and Danish Damgaard Data named IBM Axapta and was released in the year 1998 in the US market.

Due to the separation of IBM and Danish Damgaard Data, later on, all product development rights were retained by Danish Damgaard Data. Microsoft, later on, acquired the Navision which was a consolidated accounting application product and when Microsoft acquired Danish Damgaard Data AX, it introduced it in the market in July 2002 as Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Evolving of Microsoft Dynamics AX:

In mid-2011, Microsoft released the new version for AX as ax-2012. Microsoft started selling ax-2012 in more than 30 nations with 25 different languages and it was implemented in 20000 mid and large size organizations globally. After a while in 2016, Microsoft has released its update as AX-7 and there were so many changes seen. It was a completely new user interface and was able to access through HTML-5 client and this came up with Azure (cloud) deployment and it was available online since it was cloud and currently known as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations.


In early 2018, Microsoft has brought all its ERP products like Greater Planes (G.P), Navision (with latest name Business Central), and Retail under one environment and renamed it as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations.

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