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When will the preview sandbox environments typically be available for testing? The FAQ site says that Microsoft will let us know when to expect a preview sandbox with the new capabilities but given that the new release will begin in the first week of October there is not a lot of time to test.
Hamish - The preview sandboxes will be available from the April 2019 release. Please check the Business Application Summit session that explains that - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit/video/BAS2018-65808 (@20.55)
Thanks Ramana, that is a lot clearer for April next year. Would be good to have the FAQ documentation updated to reflect Business Apps sessions.
For the Oct 2018 release, does this mean that the Insider Program is the only way for customers to validate and test the new updates? What is happening during October 2018seems really unclear at this stage
Thanks for the feedback. We are working on updating the FAQ to reflect that. For October 2018 release, some of the previews are in flight and some of them are coming. We are working on showing a view on all available/upcoming preview programs within the Insider Portal. First Release is also in Private Preview and will be available to all customers through Insider Program later part of this year. First Release program let the customers to identify an environment in their tenant to be placed in the First Release Scale group. First Release instances will get the latest updates (weekly and bi-annualy) and let the customers to test them before they get applied in their actual sandbox/production environment. Stay tuned.
Hamish - Thanks again for the feedback. We've updated the FAQ
No need to sign up. Starting from April 2019 release, we will provide the update in a preview sandbox environment for you to try out the new capabilities and validate against your current environment. The preview sandbox will be made available prior to the actual release. The April 2019 preview sandbox availability timing will be provided the later part of this year.
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