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Microsoft Business Applications Launch Event – April 6, 2021

Get an in-depth look at the new features and capabilities in the 2021 release wave 1 for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform on April 6,2021.

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Here are the key dates and roadmap for the 2021 release wave 1.


Ignite Session On-Demand Videos | Catch up on Power Platform & Dynamics 365 innovations

Our digital event experience has come to a close, but your options for learning are ongoing.

Watch Ignite session videos from the catalog on-demand.

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Dynamics 365 and LinkedIn Sales Insights bring the human touch to digital experiences

Microsoft already brings Dynamics 365 Sales and LinkedIn Sales Navigator together, enabling sellers to deliver more personalized and meaningful engagement with customers.

By providing a unified view of data, Dynamics 365 Sales and LinkedIn Sales Navigator work in tandem to:

  • Empower sellers to find key decision makers.
  • Keep sellers connected to buyers.
  • Reduce sales friction.

In February, LinkedIn announced the general availability of LinkedIn Sales Insights.

With LinkedIn Sales Insights for Dynamics 365, you can expect:

  • Account planning and prioritization—with LinkedIn Sales Insights, company information can be brought into Dynamics 365 Sales to help more confidently plan and prioritize knowing the data powering your CRM is reliable.
  • Harvesting opportunities within existing accounts is simpler and far easier with integrated tools that keep a pulse on key accounts.
  • Opportunities are more accurately evaluated by drilling down into size and growth of specific company departments, functions, and job titles to more accurately size opportunities.

Ready to empower your sales team?

For more information, read this page on Microsoft Dynamics 365 blog.


Microsoft Dataverse Custom API General Availability

Custom API is a new code-first approach that provides developers a better way to create APIs in Dataverse to perform operations on the server.

For more information, read this page on Power Apps blog.


Power Apps | Power Apps makers fix your solution woes with smart XML Diffing

The Smart XML Diffing Tool is now available to help customers understand why issues with solution layering occur.

  • This tool aims to help with errors, missing features, unexpected functionality, etc. 
  • It currently supports the Sitemap, Forms, and Model-Driven Apps
  • The tool can be found by going to Solutions within the Power Apps portal, selecting a supported component, and choosing See Solution Layers from the ellipses.  Then, select a layer and click the Compare with Previous Layer button.

Read this page on Power Apps blog for more details on the use of this tool, and how it can help you resolve multiple different solution layering problems.


Power Apps | Key ALM Updates

We announced recent improvements for application and environment lifecycle management

All solution and environment lifecycle operations are now supported for canvas apps and Power Automate along with many other ALM and automation improvements.

  • Recent ALM improvements for canvas apps:
    • Canvas apps that trigger flows no longer require editing the app to re-establish the connection to flows after importing a solution.
    • Canvas apps are now layered in a consistent manner as other types of solution components while maintaining support for restoring previous app versions.
    • Managed properties are now supported in canvas apps – meaning you’re able to control whether your apps can be customized by others.
    • Canvas apps and flows support automated deployments via service principles.
  • Recent ALM improvements for model-driven apps:
    • You can now de-activate model-driven apps. When de-activated, end users won’t see the app in the “My apps” list. This provides more control for admins and app developers. For example, a developer can ship in a disabled state and an admin can activate once ready.
    • Compare diffs between solutions layers with a rich diff viewer.
  • Solution API improvements:
    • The new solution staging API enables automation for validating the solution as well as returning required configuration for the environment variables and connection references within the solution file.
    • Asynchronous support for solution export including GitHub actions.
    • Environment variables have several new API’s that can handle complex operations within a single API call; therefore, eliminating the need for multiple, complex API calls and orchestration. As an added improvement, environment variables are now packaged in a more source control friendly format within the solution file.
    • Unmanaged to managed conversion. Unmanaged solution layers can now be converted to managed by importing a managed solution. This has historically been a problematic area; especially for customers using a single environment.
  • Environment operations now supported for canvas apps and flows:
    • Recover a deleted environment along with the apps and flows within the environment.
    • Reset an environment to factory settings.
    • Create a copy of an environment. Note that connections are not copied to other environments and therefore you’ll need to re-establish any connections when playing apps in the copy version of the environment.
    • Backup and restore an environment. Backups are automatically generated by the system and you may also create your own. If the need arises, you may restore the environment from one of these backups.

For more details, check this page on Microsoft Power Apps blog.


D365 Online | Deprecations | Most recent deprecations with deadlines in 2021

IE 11 support for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform is deprecated

  • After August 2021, Internet Explorer 11 won't be supported for such Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform products. We recommend that customers transition to Microsoft Edge.
  • This will impact customers who use Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform products that are designed to be used through an Internet Explorer 11 interface.

For the complete list of products impacted by this change and transitioning from Internet Explorer 11 to a supported browser, see:

FAQ: Internet Explorer 11 deprecation for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform Products.

Low-density headers in model-driven apps won't be supported with the 2021 release wave 2

  • With the upcoming 2021 release wave 2 (public preview in August 2021 and GA in October 2021), the low-density header option, and runtime experience won't be supported in model-driven app forms.

Refer to the Microsoft docs to understand Why is it needed and Action required.

Form footers in model-driven app won't be supported with the 2021 release wave 2

  • With the upcoming 2021 release wave 2 (public preview in August 2021 and GA in October 2021), form footers won't be supported in a model-driven app form.

Refer to the Microsoft docs to understand Why is it needed and Action required.

App Source: Deprecation of Attachment Management Add-on for Dynamics 365 using Azure Blob storage

By June 2021, this solution will deprecate from App Source.

  • Recommended to move Default Dataverse File storage by providing Consent in Blob storage settings page for the existing Users of this solution.
  • Once the Consent accepted by the Customer then all the solution related Create/Update Plug ins will be disabled and start move all the new notes/activity mime attachments to default file storage.
  • Product team will start migrating the old attachments to Default File storage in back end.
  • Additional details are available here.

Refer to the document for next steps.

Dynamics 365 Home is deprecated

Dynamics 365 Home users will see notification about the new location and recommendation to change browser bookmarks starting October 1, 2020.

Deprecation of Office365 authentication type and OrganizationServiceProxy class for connecting to Dataverse

  • Effective April 2021, the authentication protocol will be retired for all new environments within a tenant.
  • Effective April 2022, the authentication protocol will be retired for all new and existing environments within a tenant.

More information: Deprecation of Office365 authentication type and OrganizationServiceProxy class

Some client APIs are deprecated

  • Deprecated Client API: ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx
  • Replacement Client API: None
  • Comments:
    • The ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx page is deprecated and scheduled to be unavailable after October 1, 2021. April 1,2022.
    • Alternative methods to access global context information will be available before April 1, 2021. by December,2021.

Reminder | For the full list on deprecation check out the

Important changes (deprecations) coming in Power Apps, Power Automate, and model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 page on Microsoft docs.

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Updates & Releases


Manage Updates | General availability deployment.

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General Availability deployment

Dynamics 365 release schedule

  • Check out Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Release Plans to learn more about new features to be released in the release waves.
  • After a release wave is generally available, all environments will be automatically turned on to receive mandatory updates which will enable the early access features and the general available features of a release.
  • Tips: Stay Informed with Message Center notifications for Dynamics and PowerApps HERE

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online Release

For the latest Microsoft Dynamics 365 release notes, visit Released Versions of Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement

Note:

  • The Service Updates for Dynamics 365 online version 9.1 are now available in some regions and coming soon to others.
  • To determine which version your organization has applied, check your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online version number.
  • Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, then click About.

Important Note:

Following Service Update 270, we are updating the version numbering format from 9.1.0.xxxxx to 9.2.xxxxx.xxx.

We are making this change to better differentiate the version numbering for each deployed version.

Service Update numbering will now reflect the third numerical group within the version number.

For example, version 9.2.20122.xxx will correspond to "Service Update 20122"

Latest service Update:


Microsoft Dynamics 365 On-premises Updates

For the latest Service Updates for Dynamics 365 on-premise version 8.2 and 9.0, visit Service Updates

Cumulative updates available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 9.0


Portal Version Updates for Microsoft Dynamics 365

A portal consists of the following components Portal Solutions and Portal website Host.

Portal Website Host and Portal Solution: Update Information

  • Portal Website Host are updated automatically to the latest versions. Typically on a Monthly basis.
  • Portal Solutions are updated by customers.
    • If Portal Solution requires Update, those will be specified and required customer action to do so in Power platform Admin Center. For details, check out instructions on Update the Power Apps Portals Solution on Microsoft docs.
    • We recommend that you update Solution packages during off-peak hours.
    • Solutions in a package are upgraded for an environment. Hence, the selected package will be upgraded for all portals in the environment using the package.

Version Updates:

  • Power Apps portal version 9.3.3.x is generally available.
  • Check the updates included with version 9.3.3.x here.

Portal Capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics 365 | Release Updates

General Availability of Power Apps Portals Web API

2021 Release Wave 1 | Check out what’s new and planned for Power Apps Portals in 2021 Release Wave1 Plan

This Release includes:

Get notified about new releases

  • To know the release schedule for your specific Portal, check the Office 365 message center (on Microsoft 365 Admin center) for message related to Power Apps Portals release notification which will include the Portal URL and Date.
  • Notifications are sent around 2-5 business days ahead of the release.
  • Each notification provides details of the type of update and the date/time it will be rolled out along with the link to release notes.
  • You might receive more than one O365 message center notification in case you have different regions.

Test Updates Early

  • Early upgrades are rolled out at least one week before the global rollout of any release.
  • Tips: As you cannot opt-in in the same month, consider your opt-in ahead.

Terminology changes in Power Apps portals


Microsoft Teams | Boost Collaboration within Dynamics 365 Platform products offering

At Ignite, we announced new Microsoft Dynamics 365 capabilities that will help businesses adapt and evolve customer experiences including:

Teams innovation includes:

  • Easily organize and conduct interactive webinars for people inside and outside of your organization with up to 1,000 attendees.
  • We are announcing Microsoft Teams Connect, which allows you to share channels with anyone, internal or external to your organization.
  • Coming soon, new integrations will bring together Teams events with the robust attendee management experiences from Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing
  • We are announcing Microsoft PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams, which will enable presenters to deliver more impactful and engaging presentations. Presenters will now be able to lead meetings more confidently with notes, slides, meeting chat, and participants all in a single view.
  • The new Presenter mode empowers presenters to customize how their video feed and content appear to the audience.
  • We are also announcing Dynamic view, which intelligently arranges the elements of your meeting for an optimal viewing experience
  • New gallery views to Microsoft Teams Rooms, including Together Mode and large gallery, to make it easier to see everyone in the meeting
  • Viva Insights, now in preview, gives individuals, managers, and leaders personalized and actionable privacy-protected insights that help everyone in an organization thrive.

For more details, check out this blog post on our Microsoft 365 blog.

More announcements from Ignite of innovations coming to Microsoft Teams to help people connect, collaborate, and accomplish more together:

Here’s what’s new in:

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Additional News


Dynamics 365 Remote Assist : Working together in real time, from miles away

Upcoming event: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist Microsoft Reactor sessions.

Register to attend upcoming Dynamics 365 Remote Assist Microsoft Reactor sessions.

  • Storytelling: Effectively Sharing MR
  • Date: April 07, 2021
  • Time: 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM (Pacific)
  • Format: Livestream
  • Topic: Mixed Reality

Customers are transforming business operations with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist.

  • Solve Problems in real time:
    • Share your real-time view with experts remotely to get the help you need and stay hands-free on HoloLens or Dynamics 365 Remote Assist mobile.
    • Watch the Video
  • Bring critical information into view:
    • Take advantage of information from Dynamics 365 Field Service or capture asset information and integrate it with Microsoft Power Platform or other enterprise applications.
    • Explore Field Service
  • Walk the site without being on location:
    • Avoid unnecessary travel and reduce costs and delays with remote inspections combining video, screenshots, and annotations on your devices.
    • Learn More

Learn more about Dynamics 365 Remote Assist.

Read Dynamics 365 Remote Assist customer stories to get inspired.


Power Apps | New in the CoE Starter Kit: Review the impact of DLP policy changes.

  • Data loss prevention (DLP) policies act as guardrails to protect information security in the tenant and help prevent users from unintentionally exposing organizational data.
  • These policies enforce which connectors are enabled for each environment and which connectors can be used together.
  • DLP policies should be one of the first things you set up as an administrator.
  • You can use the DLP Editor to observe the impact of an existing policy or the potential impact of policy changes you’re considering. You can use this app to:
    • Review whether existing policies impact canvas apps and cloud flows in your tenant.
    • Create new or change existing DLP policies and update the connector grouping in the policy.
    • See what flows or apps would be impacted by the change before you save the policy.
    • Mitigate the risk by contacting makers and informing them about the best course of action for their app or flow.

To learn more about this functionality, check out this page on Power Apps blog.


Power Apps | Dataverse for Teams | More capacity and capabilities

We are very happy to announce that we have dramatically increased the possible number of entitlements for Dataverse for Teams.

  • More environments:
    • At launch, Dataverse for Teams provided entitlements of up to 500 environments.
    • Based on the number of Microsoft 365 seats an organization has, this change will result in automatic entitlement increases of up to a total of 10,000 environments.
      • This enables customers to get up to a 20x increase in their environments and provide the ability to typically store 1 billion rows across all of them.
      • This increase is already rolling out worldwide and will be complete on 3/19.
      •  Additional details on environment entitlements can be found here.
  • More Places: Also today, customers in South Africa, Switzerland, and the UAE can now create Dataverse for Teams environments.

Check this page on Microsoft Power Apps for more details.


Power Automate | Approvals in Microsoft Teams updated with more features.

Microsoft has listened to feedbacks and have added lots more capabilities to make creating, managing, and sharing Approvals even easier! You can now quickly:

  • Create an Approval template for your organization by selecting our out of box templates or making your own from the Approvals app.
  • New attachment capabilities
    • The Approvals hub is now even more integrated with Teams, you can now attach files directly from OneDrive and Sharepoint as well as attach a generic link for content if it isn’t already hosted in Teams. This will be rolling out in the coming weeks!
  • Markdown support
    • We have added a markdown support in both adaptive cards and the details view! Now you can ensure all your approvals are formatted correctly for all your approval processes! This is rolling out in the coming weeks!

Learn more on these updates on this page of Power Automate blog.


Power Automate | Power Automate Desktop March 2021 Update

The March 2021 update of Power Automate Desktop has been released!

New features and updates have been added, it includes:

  • Power Automate Desktop is now available to Windows 10 users at no cost.
  • Dataverse database can be provisioned for work or school account users from within Power Automate Desktop
  • Some enhancements have been implemented in the flow designer.
  • Two new actions are available to use in the flow designer.
  • Various actions have been improved to be configured more intuitively.
  • Variables can be used during web/desktop recording.

Learn more about Power Automate Desktop in our documentation

Learn more about the March 2021 Update here on Power Automate blog.

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Learning and Training Corner


Watch Free on-demand sessions | Reimagine Project Management and Finance

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  • The transformation of projects from discrete activities to the work each of us does every day requires new approaches and a new generation of tools that can span an organization and meet people where they are working.
  • In a time when projects are the unifying thread woven throughout the fabric of modern work, Microsoft delivers the platform, tools, and capabilities teams need to eliminate complexity, clarify priorities, stay on top of tasks, and work together to achieve key strategic objectives.
    • Register here for on-demand sessions on Reimagine Project Management with Microsoft.
    • Check more details here

Finance Reimagined free on-demand sessions available now.

  • Our valuable, and free, Finance Reimagined virtual CFO summit explored the many implications for finance leaders and their organizations as they attempt to adapt operations in this uncertain time.

Power Apps | What is Microsoft Power Fx

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  • Microsoft Power Fx is the low code language for expressing logic across the Microsoft Power Platform.
  • It is the same language that is at the heart of Microsoft Power Apps canvas apps today and is inspired by Microsoft Excel.
  • It enables the full spectrum of development from “no code” to “pro code” with no cliffs in between, enabling diverse teams to collaborate and save time and expense.
  • We are actively working to integrate Power Fx into Microsoft Power Virtual Agents, Microsoft Dataverse, and Model-driven Power Apps. We’ll use these as our test beds for getting the packages right for open-source sharing.

Check this page on Power Apps blog to learn more about this new capability.


Power Apps | Announcing Visual Data Prep General Availability

(Diagram View in Power Query Online)

Learning corner

Check this page on Power Apps blog for more details.


Power Automate | Learning Resources

Learning corner

Great source of contents on Power Automate Learning materials that could easily be bookmarked and referred to anytime.

If you are interested in these product areas below, lookup and bookmark this page on Power Automate blog in preparedness of your readiness:

  • Getting Started with Power Automate
  • Intermediate Material
  • Advanced Material
  • Power Automate Desktop
  • Community Power Automate Channels

Power Automate | Extract identity document information using AI Builder

Learning corner

The new AI Builder ID reader prebuilt model allows you to extract information (such as first name, last name, or date of birth) from passports from all over the world and state-issued driver’s licenses.

AI Builder makes it easy to read and export this data in your business processes if you use either passports or driver’s licenses as proof of residency or for hotel check-in purposes, for instance.

  • Leveraging the latest in Microsoft AI Form Recognizer, this new model doesn’t require training nor prior configuration and is able to perform high quality data extraction even with imperfect photos or scans (glossy or tilted images, for instance).
  • Now available in preview. No trial nor subscription required to try this feature. You can use this prebuilt model and start processing passports and driver’s licenses right away in your apps and flows.

Learn more about the identity document reader on this page of Power Automate blog.


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