Microsoft issues service pack for Navision 4.0

Service Pack adds Web-based portal to handle company information on a secure intranet

Microsoft announced Monday the release of Service Pack 1 for its Navision 4.0 software, adding a Web-based portal for employees that allows them to handle company information on a secure intranet.

The service pack will be released on a tiered scheduled starting this month, Microsoft said.

The employee portal function is an integration of Navision, Windows SharePoint, and SharePoint Portal Server. The portal will give users access to a streamlined framework to access data within Navision while reducing training time and costs, Microsoft said. The new interface is more user-intuitive, it said.

Other improvements with Service Pack 1 include costing inventory enhancements and planning resiliency. Its Navision software is based on the company's BizTalk Server and integrates with Microsoft Office, its SQL Server, and Small Business Server.

The company said it has more than 48,000 customers who use Navision 4.0, which includes financial, manufacturing, customer management, supply chain, analytics and e-commerce data functions. Microsoft acquired Navision after buying Danish application developer Navision in 2002.

Last month the company renamed Microsoft Business Solutions -- its branch dealing financial, customer relationship, and supply chain software -- to Microsoft Dynamics in a move to converge its product lines, the company said.