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This document provides a concise overview of the terms and processes used by the teams responsible for the release of Navision software. These terms are defined according to their usage in the North American market. This terminology will be in use until the 4.0 release timeframe.
Major Release/Minor Release: A new release of software containing significant new features. The determination of whether a release receives an increment to the Major or Minor version number is determined by the number of features and market conditions. These releases will always be localized. Attain 3.60 and Microsoft Business Solutions-Navision Edition 3.70 are examples of a Minor release. The upcoming 4.0 version (code-named Sardinia) will be a Major release.
Service Pack: A Service Pack is a roll-up of all Improvements and/or Hotfixes released since the last Major/Minor release or previous Service Pack. It may also contain additional application modifications. Service Packs are always localized. Microsoft Business Solutions Navision Edition 3.70A is a Service Pack.
Hotfix: A Hotfix is a W1 release which can change either application objects or executables. While W1 executable Hotfixes may be applied to relieve specific issues a customer/partner is experiencing, W1 application object Hotfixes are never directly installed into a partner’s or customer’s database. The W1 application objects are localized by the North American Development team and are released as an Improvement. See immediately below and KB Article .
Improvement: An Improvement is an update of application objects for the North American market. It consists of a localized roll-up of all W1 application Hotfixes released since the last Improvement plus local application code fixes. It will never contain executables.
Upgrade toolkit: The upgrade toolkit is used to upgrade and migrate from a previous Major/Minor release to the current release. In order to use the upgrade toolkit you must have a Solution Developer’s license. It is highly recommended that only Certified Developers attempt use of the toolkit as strong coding skills may be required to modify a customized database.
What do the terms "Feature Pack", "Update" and "Critical Update" mean and how are they used?
These terms are going to be used on a regular basis in the future, starting with Navision v4.00. They are also being used transitionally to familiarize everyone with their meaning and usage. All of these terms refer to what we now call a Hotfix. Releases using these terms will have Version Tags with the same numbering convention as Hotfixes or Improvements, and for our purposes, should be considered a Hotfix. To further clarify
A “Feature Pack” is a Hotfix which adds one or more new executable features
An “Update” is the same as an Improvement or a Hotfix which changes the Application
A “Critical Update” is an “Update” which should be considered mandatory, because the problem that it fixes will cause serious issues for any customer that uses that particular functional area.
See KB Article for instructions on implementing an improvement in Navision.
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