It's common practice to prepare budgets as the end of a financial year approaches, or even many months before the end of the year, comparing the actual and budgeted figures of the current year as a basis for the budget. Previously, you could only record budgets for the next year once the current financial year is ended. That restriction no longer exists.
Additionally, you can now view and enter budgets for every account in a single window--the new Prepare Budgets window. For ease of use, there are Copy Amount to Following Months and Copy Previous Year's Actual Data buttons in this window.
Other improvements include:
For more information: Budgets.