Dynamics AX 2012 product journey has passed by a number of stopping points, shares sold and bought back, a merger, an acquisition, and product re-branding. The history of MS Dynamics AX is
28 years old. Here are the key milestones:
As the fifth major release, Axapta 2.5 brought with it a complete web applications development environment, the Project module, Banking, and OLAP. It was released first to Denmark, Austria, and United Kingdom in December 2000.
Axapta 2.5 Market Pack was released for Axapta 2.5 in October 2001 in France and Italy. This new application layer contained the Customer Relationship Management module (CRM or Marketing Automation), Commerce Gateway, and Product Builder (both Client-side
and CSS-side (Web)).
Microsoft acquired Navision Damgaard during the summer of 2002. Navision Damgaard Axapta was first renamed to Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta, then to Microsoft Dynamics AX for versions 3.0 SP6, 4.0 and 2009.
The sixth major Axapta release (Axapta 3.0) brought with it the Microsoft Axapta Enterprise Portal, new intercompany collaboration functionality, actualized and rebuilt user security and system configuration, expanded geographical reach (more countries),
demand planning, and enhanced partner productivity tools.
The seventh major Axapta release (Dynamics AX 4.0) brought with it an updated look and feel. As the first version that Microsoft built, it attempted to integrate better with existing Microsoft technologies. For example, the AOS became a true Windows service,
a .Net business connector was provided, CLR Interoperability was introduced, and XML data exchanges were supported through a set of code classes (Application Integration Framework), full Unicode support was introduced, and a new Service Management module was
Originally named AX 4.1, later renamed to AX 5.0 (and finally AX 2009), the eighth major release of AX brings with it yet more improvements to the UI. This new version adds role-based concepts to both the Enterprise Portal and windows clients, support for timezones
(utc), a new Site inventory dimension, and Enterprise Portal development through Visual Studio projects.
AX 6 (Dynamics AX 2012) includes additional improvements to the user interface and application enhancements focused on specific industries like Retail, Media & Entertainment, and the Public sector.