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Platform 20 Brings Significant UI Changes to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations

Platform 20 was recently released and includes a number of noticeable changes to the User Interface; this article will highlight some of the significant changes. Overall, these changes are a welcome incremental improvement to some common usability issues.

Workspaces

Workspaces on the Default Dashboard are set apart from the background, making it more obvious they are buttons.

Old Button
Old Button

New Button
New Button

Font Changes

Header fonts are bolder and use a heavier font than before.

Old Fonts
Old Fonts

New Fonts
New Fonts

Ribbon Bar Color

Ribbon bar is now a more neutral color to blend better indicate the buttons are related to the form below.

Old Coloring
Old Coloring

New Coloring
New Coloring

Fact Boxes

Opening the Fact Boxes went from an impossible to discover button to a "Related information" slide-out.

Old Button
Old Button

New Slide-out
New Slide-out

Filter Drop-down

The grid filter drop-down and filter pane have been reorganized and enhanced.

Old Drop-down
Old Drop-down

New Drop-down and Filter pane
New Drop-down and Filter pane

Filter Slide-out Blends into Form

The filter slide out has new fonts, coloring that better blends into the form, and more obvious link indicators.

Old Filter Slide-out
Old Filter Slide-out

New Filter Slide-out
New Filter Slide-out

Edit Icon When Form in Read-only Mode

There's now an edit icon on each field when a form is in read-only mode. This makes it more obvious for users to switch the form into edit mode.

Edit Icon When Form in Read-only Mode

Subtle Field Outlines in Read-only Mode

Field boxes in detail forms are more subtle when in Read-only mode. Edit mode is similar to the prior design.

Subtle Field Outlines in Read-only Mode

About the Author

Joel Leichty

Joel Leichty

Joel Leichty has simplified Dynamics 365 since 2002 (Axapta 2.5) and became a Microsoft MVP in 2013. He is the Director of Products and BI at SAGlobal, managing Products and Business Intelligence for the Professional Services industry.

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