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The features that you can opt-in to for the April release look very limited and based on the article below it is just user experience updates only.
When I look at the article for the new user experience that is released with the April opt-in it looks to be the same UI that has been out for a little while.
I have also updated opted in for the April release in a Dynamics 365 environment but I can't see any visible change. Maybe it is meant to be that way.
Is there a more detailed list somewhere of what actually gets changed in the Dynamics 365 environments when the April updates opt-in is enabled?
Thanks for the update. I can now see the message when using UI, but cannot see it when using the classic interface. Is this expected behaviour?
Hi James - When you meant classic interface, are you referring to the Web UI? If yes, the changes are applicable only for the UCI.
Yes I was. I can't keep track of what we are supposed to call it! Thanks for the response.
Could you elaborate on what the point of testing on the opt-in preview version is? There are only 2 or 3 changes. I am much more concerned about whether or not my add-ons and integrations keep working after the update. Is there any point in testing it on this opt-in version or will that only be clear after the production update in April?
Hi Imbrahim - As we mentioned in our Update Policy FAQ document, the updates are backward compatible. Your existing functionalities will work as is. You can test the features that are ready for early access now in your non-production environment (Copy of your production customization). If you notice any of the add-ons or integrations are not working post enabling the previews, you can raise a support ticket.
The updates are backward compatible, so your apps and customizations will continue to work post update. New features with potentially disruptive changes to the user experience will be available to test before the changes get rolled out automatically in the production environments. This means administrators will be able to test first then opt-in to enable these features for their organization.
Not being able to test the April 19 release for functionalities, Jscript and plug-ins in the web interface for many of my customers is a really big thing.
How do you suggest we are proceeding with testing for all of my customers, since they don't use the Unified Interface, and are also not planned on using this for this year?
Hope to hearing from you?
Thanks in advance.
Dear Marwin - The preview features currently available for testing are targeted to Unified Interface only. From Sales app, there is one new UI impacting feature (Linked-in Sales Navigator) planned for April release targeted Web Client. However, this should be configured by the Admin for the end users. For Customer Service (Hub), all the features are targeted to Unified Interface only. The CS Hub is a solution to be installed by the admin through the admin center.
So, you shouldn't expect any impact to the existing Jscript and plug-ins on the web interface as part of our April 2019 updates and they continue to work as they were working before.
Ramana, can you also confirm that new features will not be turned on when deploy to production instance in April? Right now there is no way to test in preview sandbox.
Hi Jenny - The new features mentioned on our release notes - Dynamics 365 April '19 features ready for early access are the only features that will be rolled out automatically and have impact to the end users. The remaining features will be deployed in April and require admin to either install the solution or turn-on the feature
Hi Hamish - Thanks for the feedback and sorry for the delayed response. Did you check the following article that mentions the list of features in Platform and apps? - docs.microsoft.com/.../preview-april-2019-updates As you rightly said, there are limited number of features available as of now and over the course of Feb and March we will have additional features available for opt-in. We will continue to update the release notes that reflects which features will be released during Feb/Mar.
Hi Bozwell - Every April & October release will be considered as Major release as per our product update page here. dynamics.microsoft.com/.../product-updates
As we will have one version of Dynamics 365 and have continuous updates as a true SaaS service, the version numbers will not be updated (or will become insignificant) such as no version number for Azure or Power BI etc.
Thanks. We have updated our Release Calendar page with the correct image. We will also update the article you had given earlier asap.
Hi Hamish - This article is also updated today with the actual image. Thanks
Hi Pradeep - As I responded earlier, the April 2019 update version will be 9.1 and may not be changed for this release. Please note:- This is our major release, as per our product updates article. As we are on true SaaS service, the version number will be insignificant going forward. Regarding the preview features, we have enabled 1 platform level feature and 1 in D365 for Marketing. We will have 1 coming in Sales in early March. We are working on updating the Release notes by bringing additional features when they are ready to preview. Please check the April'19 Release notes change history for changes related to previews.
Hi Anwesha - The UCI change we released on Feb 1, 2019 is an opt-in preview feature because this will impact the UI and we expect the customers to preview these features before it get's rolled out to the Production. Here is the article that explains how this will be applied. We will have only this opt-in preview feature for April. The remaining features will be no UI Impact features and will be available for preview in Feb/Mar. We are updating them in our Release notes and this section will be updated soon with the features that can be previewed now or in Feb/Mark.
Hi Anwesha/James - There is a deployment going out today that has the fix for showing the right message on the About screen. Please reach out to me if you don't see it on Monday. Thanks.
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