It is clear to say, from those of you that have read our most recent blogs, that we are a big fan of the new Unified interface that Dynamics 365 have undertaken. As mentioned previously, there are a lot of functionality out of the box which allows us to achieve goals which previously needed coding, or additional plugins.
However, as many of our customers have been using Dynamics for a number of years; the change in navigating the system, in addition to a lot of existing functionality not working as well as it did before, we have had requests to show the legacy view, even after the forced upgrade!
Many organisations have been avoiding the upgrade, however, there comes a time in which we cannot avoid the inevitable as Microsoft force the update. There have been many blogs about this, however, there seems to be lacking in those that manage to inform us on how we can still view the legacy version of the system.
As much as Microsoft don’t want us to do this, there is a quick and easy fix;
Add /main.aspx?forceClassic=1 to the end of your URL! It is as simple as that!
2. Change of URL to Legacy interface by adding /main.aspx?forceClassic=1 to the end of your system URL.
Although this hack works, it is important to understand how the new UI is different, and in some ways better for your organisation to adapt to.
1) The Legacy interface is no longer supported
From October 2020, the new UI is the only supported interface for Microsoft. This means any updates, new out of the box features and general support will be made to the new UI only. Therefore, adapting to the new UI may be better from the start as you will be able to see the numerous benefits that come with it.
2) New Features
Customer controls are one of the biggest changes that has come to Dynamics 365 in the new wave. It allows many features, out of the box, reducing the amount of custom code that needs to be done to achieve certain functionality. An example being, adding editable grids – allowing records to be edited directly from a sub-grid view as opposed to having to enter the record. Also, barcode scanning – allowing those with products and product catalogues to reduce their costs on external third-party software’s for such functionality.
3) Reduction of white space
As there is less white space on the screens, as the menu can be tucked away on the left-hand side, it allows more data to be shown on one screen. This means there is less scrolling and clicking throughout the system, allowing an increase in efficiency.
4) Responsive design
The main reason that Microsoft had decided to develop a new UI was to ensure that the system can be responsive. This allows the system to be accessible via the Dynamics 365 app, tablets and desktop without an issue. No layout issues, or functionality issues. There is consistency within all devices making the system user friendly and allowing other technological devices to be used in your organisation!
Above are just a few reason why it is best to adapt to the new User Interface, however, from our customer experiences, we understand that some people and companies may need more time to adapt to it, allowing time to retrain staff and also test the system to ensure nothing is broken! We all know there is nothing worse than a broken system!
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