Release date for GP2016
As of today, September 2016, the release month for GP2016 is targeted at May 2016 –subject to change.
The future is delivered in HTML5
We had a sneaky peep demo of the fully HTML5 web client in GP2016 – I have to say publicly Gary didn’t show us, its above his pay grade, the right showed us –honest... So out goes Silverlight (-what was that Silverlight thing years ago?), we have in its place, GP forms rendering as HTML5 web pages. It looked very finished and very smart. Rendering to HTML5 is very important as it means we can fully use GP client in any device that supports HTML5 browser! Yes, that means your Android tablet, OSX, Linux and weird device I don’t know exists, will all allow full use of GP through a web browser. Not only that, but any browser, Firefox, Chrome etc! This is the completion of a staged process through previous versions to this end goal, dev team well done! Sorry but I didn’t take any photos of the new client, partly as I respect the peek preview, partly as I was too amazed to remember –anyway, all you REIMAGINE 2015 delegates don’t want spoilers do you!
I got the opportunity to have a good talk, some technical with Gary Tronson, Engineering Manager at Microsoft, where we covered a lot of subjects. apparently much of the pain in getting the rendering to look right in HTML5 turned out to be things like one pixel misalignments that pre-existed in GP, but when rendered to HTML5 showed up as jagged layouts, never previously noticed or bothering anyone. Correcting the pixel alignment of objects relative to each other sorted it out.
The name for the “hamburger icon” I learnt from Scott Hanselman,it being the Microsoft name for the three horizontal lines icon, often found in apps. It has now gotten into GP web client for this demo build of GP2016, being used to collapse the GP navigation that is now on the left hand side gutter of the GP UI for the web client.
The GP2016 web client has been tested with some ISV custom products and in testing they perceptually look better than in standard GP client (maybe its just placebo?). This is also true for Visual Studio Addins which are supported as long as the developer sticks to standard supported visual controls. Apparently it will also cope with rendering my Winforms within add ins, again love to proof this (sceptical me), then again most inherit from dex form so I guess it will work.
Macros continue to work in the HTML5 world, as it is merely the very top presentation layer of GP that is skimmed off for rendering in the web browser, so the server still runs the form (and the macro) at the server. This sounds great, but would love to see it for real to fully believe it!
Printing is much the same as with the existing web client, as again nothing really has changed as this sat below the Silverlight presentation layer in the previous versions.
Performance (keyboard responsiveness) is very good, we are almost at that as good as a native windows application now.
Gary was at pains to point out that it is not worth holding out for the new web client as nothing will change other than HTML5 is pushed to the browser, so this is a seamless upgrade for the consumers of the application. No point waiting folks, get into web client now.
I mentioned the Security Scramble an issue Mark Polino has been championing, Gary sited the GP2016 Simplification of Analytical Accounting User Access Settings as an example of where they are starting to tackle this. See below for information on other goodness arriving next spring.
So what's happening for GP2016, obviously with the caveat that this is subject to review and change:
HTML 5 browser support
Control for managing HTML clients (– think multi tenant management)
Purchasing Requisitions – Project Integration
HTTPS Support for Management Reporter Viewer
Multiple Page Scan
Default EFT File Formats For Scotia Bank (!!!! why not generic format editor?)
Change Workflow Approval Conditions
Enable Credit card Payment Type for Check Run Processing (yay!)
Increase Distribution Reference Field Size
Named User Licensing Support for Self Service User Type
Document Attach for Project Expenses
All-In-One Document Viewer for Inventory (wonderful!)
All-In-One Document Viewer for Sales (Can’t wait!)
Export SmartList Numbers
Creating a SmartList from an Existing Favourite
PowerBI charts on GP Role Center (nice)
Ease of Use
Remove Inactive Payroll Pay Codes (US centric thingy)
Simplify Payroll Posting Setup
Create Exception Report on Budget Import
Simplify Analytical Accounting User Access Settings (more please)
Although Errol's anecdotes were obviously greatly missed this year, Gary filled his shoes really well, he presented a great session and another useful contact at MS to harass now… (joking)