Support for the Business Central Universal Code Initiative

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Support for the Business Central Universal Code Initiative-Oct 2022

Business value

It will be possible to continue to use most Expense Management on-premises features except the local file system as storage type without paying Universal Code fees to Microsoft.

In a future Expense Management version, we may also support the local file system for storage using cloud-optimized code before the fees take effect if many of our customers request this.

Feature details

Microsoft has introduced a new program called Business Central Universal Code Initiative. The program introduces increasing fees for using non-cloud-ready code over the coming years.

In short, end users must license a new module, “Implemented code is not cloud-optimized”, if they use non-cloud-optimized extensions. The module is free to license in 2022 and 2023.

You can read more about the program and the prices here.

Today Continia Expense Management already support the Business Central Universal Code Initiative when only the base Expense Management app (Continia Expense Management 365) is installed and used on-premises. However, suppose you want to use the document storage type file system. In that case, you must also install the on-premises app (Continia Document Capture 365 OnPremise). See further details here.

With this feature, we will initially rewrite the base Expense Management app so you can continue to use most Expense Management features (all existing features except the local file system for storage) without paying Universal Code fees to Microsoft. Based on partner and end user feedback, we will continuously evaluate the need to support the local file system for storage using cloud-optimized code. If there is a high demand for support of the local file system for storage, we may support this using cloud-optimized code before the Universal Code fees take effect.

Note that if you want to use the local file system for storage, you must continue to install the on-premises app and thereby be subject to the Universal Code fees that Microsoft are introducing in 2024. Alternatively, you can use Azure Blob Storage or store the document in the database to avoid Universal Code fees.