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By: Manu menonn

What are the New Features in Odoo 16

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Odoo is developing by the day. Over the past few Odoo versions, we have seen some drastic changes in the overall performance and user interface of Odoo.  With the introduction of Odoo16, the whole system is evolving to a whole new level of sophistication and performance.

This blog will give you an overview of the new features of Odoo 16

Performance

Odoo is introducing some new features and has prioritized performance with version 16 to ensure maximum performance and prominence in its line of work. Improvement in the performance of Odoo is the primary aim of the new version rather than just a mere update from the previous version. Odoo 16 is the fastest, the most user-friendly, and the most high-end of its predecessor version.

New Module and Other Big changes

Odoo is Known for its highly integrated and easy-to-use modules, which act as the basic building block of the entire Odoo database. This is one of the critical factors that support the user-friendliness of Odoo. The existing modules of Odoo will have a considerable number of additional features and tools integrated into them to ensure more workflow and efficiency. With version 16 of Odoo, new modules and components take a new and improved shape.

Knowledge Module

The knowledge module is the latest addition to Odoo. Like the rest of Odoo, the module is highly integrated and works more like a Knowledge center to share knowledge among the employees and the administrator. Wikipedia inspires the module. You can create and share articles in the Knowledge module inside the organization, mostly related to work for maintaining proper communication inside the organization itself.

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The knowledge module will also help you centralize the organization's information for easy access.

UI Changes

The New Search

In Odoo 16, we can see a redesigned search view that pops up in the dashboard.

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New features under the favorite menu

Under the favorite menu, we have an option to insert the link to an article.

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Help Icon

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There is a new help icon in Odoo on each field, when the developer option is enabled, on hovering the icon, the user will get details about the field, as shown in the screenshot below.

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Internal Link

In Odoo 16, we have an icon on Many2one fields which redirects to the form view of the fields data.

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Expand the product description in order of line

We can expand the product description in the order lines.

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No edit button and rearranged button layout

On the form view, now we have a rearranged layout of buttons, and we don’t have an edit button anymore that helps the user to edit the records easily with a single click on the field.

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Sales Module

Merged Subscriptions Into Sales Order

With Odoo 16, Subscriptions are merged into sales orders for easy management.

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As Odoo concentrates more on user convenience, the new merging of the Subscription with the sales orders will make it much easier for subscription management.

Recurring sale order

There is a new field as a recurrence to set the sale order as a recurring order.

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Sale Order Smart Button on invoice

If we have a sale order for an invoice, now there is a dedicated smart button to redirect the view to its corresponding sale order.

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Can Be Expensed

Now we have an option in the product view to set the product to be used in expenses, this option helps Employees to submit their own costs for approval by management, and accountants can record them and handle the payment processing.

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Recurring price list

We can set a pricelist on the basis of a recurring period.

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Purchase Module

Expected Arrivals

While creating an RFQ, we can set the expected arrival date.

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Alternative in RFQ

While creating an RFQ, we can set alternative options.

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Website Module

The Improved Website builder module

With the Odoo 16 Website module, you can now have more control and customization options on the Blocks or the website building elements. Traditionally the front end and the back end of the module were separate. But in the new version, the front and the backends are merged to preserve a single interface giving more customization options for the website.

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The configurations can be done without reloading the page and will give you way more accessibility to the website configuration options. You can now have more filtering and grouping elements to add to the webpage for easy user management.

Normal Backend View on the website

We have the backend menu options now in the frontend for easy navigation.

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Multiple options on “Add to Cart” in website settings.

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Point of sale Module

Point of sale session settings

The settings button was renamed to Edit and the session configuration to the point of sale configuration. The changes are in the below screenshots

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Flexible Taxes in POS

We have an option to select different taxation in POS.

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Flexible Price List and flexible QR code in the ticket at the Point of sale

Set multiple prices per product, automated discounts, etc, and the user can also print a QR code on the receipt to allow the user to request the invoice for an order easily.

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Coupons and Promotions in Odoo 16

Coupons and promotions are unified to one platform and can be accessed from PoS, ECommerce, and standard orders. The interface is cleaner, and the code is limited to short lines for the developers.

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Traditionally, Coupons and promotions are treated as different functional features with their platforms, which confused some users about the Coupons and promotions program management process with Odoo. The unified platform for coupons and promotional programs will make it easy to configure and manage. The earlier version of the Odoo lacked eWallet, which is included in the new version.

Updated product menu

Now we can select the gift card configs from the product sub-menu.

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The gift card options are well-redesigned, as shown below

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Accounting Module

The accounting module in Odoo is much faster and more efficient with the support of the new features and tools that can come in handy in real-world business scenarios. The Credit limit feature of the accounting module will let you manage the customer Credit limit now more efficiently.

You can now wholly digitize your invoices with the accounting module for easy management and accessibility.

A widget for reconciliation is included in the Accounting module for quickly accessing the reconciliation process. The Reconciliation Widget is designed to provide maximum user-friendliness in reconciliation management. The widget can be accessed from the Accounting module in the reconciliation section.

The Currency Exchange difference split on the invoice will off the module and give you more control over invoices with the accounting module.

Autocomplete in accounting

We have an option to auto-complete the details by selecting a previous purchase order or an old bill.

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Linked attachment items in the journal

In journal items, we have a side panel on the right-hand side to see the linked attachments of the journal

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Accounting Import

There is a new section in accounting for reviewing manually and importing the accounting data.

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Updation in the Contacts bank account field

There is a field for seeing the sent money details to the bank account.

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Inventory Module

The inventory module is equipped with more tools and added essential features for improving the module's efficiency in inventory management. The force back order features in operation type and the improved shipping methods will give you more accessibility to inventory management and module usage. Automated batches in operation-type internal transfer are one of the advantages of the module. With the advancements in the Replenishment management features of the module, you can view the replenishment visibility days.

You can choose from the Create Backorder field of the operations type configuration under the Inventory module to make the order tracking more efficient.

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Users with less knowledge of management might click on Cancel when asked if they want to create a backorder which might cause clutter in the orders making it hard to detect or track them. The Create Backorder option forces the user to choose rather than cancel the backorder option.

Automated batches:

The Inventory module's automatic batches feature will automatically create Batches based on settings on the operation types.

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Group automatically transfers per contact, carrier, destination country, or source/destination location. You can limit the size of the batches per move line, transfer, or weight for easy management.

Replenishment visibility days will allow you to efficiently manage the replenishments by eliminating the issues of getting the replenishment visibility late or not in time.  The visibility days field as highlighted in the image given below will let you have the details of the ‘days to purchase’ setting but at the replenishment time level.

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Apply all buttons in the inventory Adjustment

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New Barcode app integration to inventory

Under the operation type, we have a barcode app tab.

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Renamed items in inventory

The warehouse analysis is now renamed as performance, and a few other menu items ‘location’ are now under the reporting.

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UI Changes in Replenishment

Now we have a side panel in replenishment. All data are structured for easy understanding

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Zip Prefix in inventory

A new option to add a zip prefix

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Quality Module

Step Document in Quality control points, We can add a step document on the control points

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Rental Module

New settings options in Rental

Now we can set minimum time of rental and unavailability days.

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Rental period

Now, we can set the period types under the configuration

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Contacts Module

Updated fields under internal notes of contacts, We have two fields warning on sales orders and warning on stock picking.

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Discount Policy

Now under the country groups, we can set the discount policy.

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Employee Module

New View for employee module

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Skills and Home Working in employee

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Homeworking locations

Here we can set the homework location.

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Payroll Module

Redesigned Dashboard view of Payroll

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Planning Module

New Graph view in the planning module

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Project Module

Sale order items in the project module

Now we can select the sale order item in the project itself.

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eLearning Module

New view in eLearning

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Numbers of public views and total views

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Attendance Module

New Attendance features

Attendance Mode, display time, and barcode sources can be configured in the attendance configuration

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Timesheet Module

Redesigned timesheet interface

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New Reportings added to Timesheet.

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Livechat Module

New Chatbots

We can add chatbots

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Survey Module

New View in Event Module

New map view in the event module

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Revamped Survey interfaced

The new interface in the survey module.

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New option to add Questions and answers

Questions, suggested values, detailed answers

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Consolidation Module

Inverted Balance sign in consolidation

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Lunch Module

Reception notification in the lunch module

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Email Marketing Module

Changes In Email Marketing

24-Hour stat mailing reporting

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Changes in the mailing list

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Favorite Filtering

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Appraisal Module

New reporting in the Appraisal module

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Time off Module

Stress Days in employee

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Helpdesk Module

New changes in Helpdesk

Now in the Helpdesk module, we have buttons to repair, coupon, create tasks, and share on forums.

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Dashboard Module

Completely Revamped dashboard

Now in the dashboard, we can see details of all modules.

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Marketing module

The Email Marketing module is improved. With the Email Marketing module, you can create a new mailing by starting from the mail you have previously saved. You can change the Global attribute of the mail all at once. Filters can be saved to reload for future mailings.

You can now import the contacts and the mailing addresses for quick access. New email templates, along with the added features, will provide the best email marketing experience with Odoo. You can Retweet and quote the tweet from the dashboard of the Social marketing module. This feature of Odoo 16 will give you more accessibility to your Twitter business account with the marketing module.

Sign Module

With Odoo 16, you can have a refreshed look at the Ecological saving by using the Ecological signature, and you can now change the person's role from the sign module.

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Odoo 16 has given an entirely refreshed look to its modules. Many more minute functions and features are included in the modules such as Sign, Time off, Employee, and Website modules for generating maximum user-friendliness. Odoo has improved the shipping procedures allowing you to be more precise on the customers' locations and features to manage shipping delays. With the Approval module, you can now decide the order and the sequence of the approvers to process the Approval requests. You can customize it based on the nature of your institution and individual employee grade management.

The Employee module allows its users to perform analyses and statics on the employees. Odoo can save and give detailed data on the whole employee activity process for easy management and workflow monitoring. More accessibility to employee skills and reports on employee skills will allow you to easily manage the employees and use them based on their skill set.

MRP

The MRP module now has Allocation reports for manufacturing. If a link is created with a sales order, customers can now see the live status of their manufacturing order at every stage or in between from their personalized customer portal. The features allow customers to be fully educated about the manufacturing process of the product they have ordered. The improvement in the subcontracting portal will enable your subcontractor to register the production for you.

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More options and advanced features are being developed and will soon be out in the market for its users.

In short note

The new Knowledge module of Odoo will allow users to share helpful information related to the institution and its departments. Wikipedia inspires the module.

Overall performance improvements now introduce more speed and efficiency into Odoo than its predecessors.

Modules will be more integrated and easy to access in nature.

User-friendliness, along with tools and feature accessibility, has improved.

The website builder module is more advanced, merging the backend and the frontend interface.

A unified system or platform is introduced for easy promotions and coupon management.

The Email Marketing module now allows you to easily access and copy or use the previous emails to build a new one with the exact nature.

The chatbot is more advanced with questions and a decision tree that allows you to chat with it for information on the procedures. The Chatbot is integrated with Odoo allowing you to access the information quickly.

Rental on eCommerce

New payment acquirers are included for more payment options for customers to pay.

More features and tools are under development, including the improvements on the Call for Tender part in the Purchase module of Odoo and the Simplification of the eCommerce setup, making online selling much more accessible. Advances in Mass mailing features will allow users to manage mass mailing effortlessly. Customer refunding can be done within Odoo itself with Payments. The overall improvement in the user experience in Localisation is an added advantage to the users.

In short, version 16 of Odoo will be elementary to use and manage your business with. With the added features and the refreshed user interface, Odoo ensures that you generate maximum efficiency in business management.


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