Support for the Business Central Universal Code Initiative
|Feature||Public preview||General availability|
|Support for the Business Central Universal Code Initiative||Mar 2023||April 2023|
It will be possible to continue to use all 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.
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 supports the Business Central Universal Code Initiative when only the base Expense Management app (Continia Expense Management) 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 Expense Management On-Premises). For more information, see Installing Continia Expense Management On-Premises.
With this feature, the base Expense Management app will be rewritten to enable you to continue using virtually all existing Expense Management features – including local file system storage – without having to pay Universal Code fees to Microsoft. As support for local file system storage using cloud-optimized code is now included in the release, you'll be able to choose the document storage option File Service (replacing the older File System storage type) without incurring Universal Code fees from Microsoft.
For more information, see Overview of the Continia File Service.
Support for Local File System Storage with the Business Central Universal Code Initiative