The future of Microsoft Dynamics GP – 2028 and beyond
Microsoft has recently published an updated Lifecycle for Dynamics GP, showing the plans for the product many years into the future. This notification reinforces the commitment Microsoft has to the Dynamics GP product and provides direction to customers as they navigate through the decision of upgrading to the current release of Microsoft Dynamics GP. The Lifecycle shows a Roadmap for Dynamics GP to 2028 and beyond, which indicates a longer confirmed date for the Modern Lifecycle verses the Fixed Lifecycle versions.
Since the October 2019 release, Microsoft Dynamics GP follows the Modern Policy. The Modern Policy offers continuous support and servicing, including bug fixes, new features and the latest tax updates. Customers may stay current by taking at least one of the three yearly planned Dynamics GP releases.
The shift from a Fixed Lifecycle to the Modern Lifecycle is key, because this shows that Microsoft sees Dynamics GP as having no end in sight. That means they will continue to enhance and support the solution, and that clients investment in the software is safe.
So what next for end-users? As noted above, your investment is secure, and you should continue to plan for upgrades as you have in the past. You can also expect to see updates and enhancements from Microsoft. If you have never done so, you should consider offering suggestions for future versions. This can be done by using the Direct Feedback link. Microsoft does actively listen to these suggestions. Some of the best new feature in Dynamics GP have come from end users.
Another key consideration for end users is staying up to date by taking at least one of the three yearly planned Dynamics GP releases. This is very easy to do – Intellitec can assist you with this, or you can find information on the timing and updates in Microsoft documentation.