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Over the past week, we’ve been listening to customer feedback regarding the rollout of our self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products (Power BI, PowerApps and Flow).
Based on the feedback, we’re making the following changes to our plan:
Learn more about the self-service capabilities for Power Platform products here on Microsoft docs website.
Protecting your data in model-driven apps in Dynamics 365, such as Dynamics 365 Sales and Dynamics 365 Customer Service and providing continuous availability of service are important.
Be aware of the recent changes/updates to the organization backup/restore process and related improvements are available through the Power Platform Admin Center now.
These automated backups take place without you having to do anything.
Other environment-type backups are retained up to 7 days.
Learn more on Restore a system backups, Create, Restore & Delete manual backups and information from the FAQ section on this page on Microsoft docs website.
Which versions are affected?
Versions of the iOS applications between 13.19022.10 (released February 2019) and 13.19081.22 (released August 2019) are affected and must be updated to at least version 13.19091.20 (released September 2019).
Note: The Dynamics 365 for phones and tablets applications for Android are not affected.
On October 15, 2019, a change will be made to improve the reliability and performance of the Business Applications Discovery service used by the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement mobile applications for iOS:
· Dynamics 365 for phones (for iPhone)
· Microsoft Dynamics 365 (for iPad)
Older versions of these applications will no longer be able to reach the Business Applications Discovery service, which will result in an empty app list within the iOS application.
What should I do?
Customers should stay or update to the latest version of the D365 app.
Learn about the options of suggested actions on the post on the Dynamics 365 blog.
New scenarios added to Dynamics 365 Higher Education Accelerator
Dynamics 365 Higher Education Accelerator is another new expansion of our Dynamics 365 Industry Accelerators initiative to provide pre-built Common data model entities, forms, dashboards, sample data, and workflows that align with common industry scenarios to rapidly build solutions and accelerate time to value for a range of customer scenarios.
We have now enhanced the Dynamics 365 Higher Education Accelerator with use cases for internships, scholarships, grants, accomplishments, and more. It enables access to a data model including students, faculty, courses and test scores for rapid development of solutions for Higher Education institution.
Dynamics 365 Higher Education Accelerator is available on AppSource.
For more information, review this post on Dynamics 365 blog.
Currently in preview, it will be enhanced with new authoring capabilities to more rapidly test and deploy AI-powered chat bots to free agents to focus on more complex issues, while providing deep insights into customer satisfaction metrics.
The key capabilities from integration of virtual agents with Chat include:
Review some other features through this short video.
Also get latest update on the release date by checking this post on Microsoft docs website.
This is a reminder of the latest product deprecations as shared in our previous newsletter.
Note that deprecated means we intend to remove the feature or capability from a future major release.
The feature or capability will continue to work and is fully supported until it is officially removed.
This deprecation notification can span a few years.
After removal, the feature or capability will no longer work.
We are notifying customers now so they have sufficient time to plan before the feature or capability is removed.
More information can be found here on Microsoft docs website.
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.
Service Update 105 (220.127.116.1103 or higher) resolved issues include:
Service Update 103 (18.104.22.16801 or higher) resolved issues include:
Service Update 101 (22.214.171.12401 or higher) resolved issues include:
The Service Updates for Dynamics 365 on-premise version 8.2 and 9.0 are now available in some regions and coming soon to others. These cumulative update rollups include all the hotfixes that were released for limited distribution.
Cumulative updates available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 9.0
Service Update 0.8 (126.96.36.199) resolved issues include:
Service Update 0.7 (188.8.131.52) resolved issues include:
Cumulative updates available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 8.2
Service Update 8.2.10 (8.2.10) resolved issues include:
Service Update 8.2.9 (8.2.9) resolved issues include:
The Latest Portal capabilities version 184.108.40.206 for Microsoft Dynamics 365 is now globally available for all Portals.
This release includes only an updated portal host and no solution package updates.
The portal host will automatically be updated by Microsoft.
For a full list of all portal updates released to date and their corresponding KB articles, please reference this KB article.
The latest Portal Capabilities Update Portal host Version 220.127.116.11 resolves following issues and more:
Effective October 14, 2019, the rules feature in canvas apps in PowerApps is deprecated.
Rules in canvas apps is a feature that let you record actions to be performed under a condition which you can write an expression for. It was a feature marked as experimental
Few people have made use of rules in their canvas apps. From feedback collected through research and discussions with makers of PowerApps, the rules feature was confusing, and expressions were easier to learn, use, and debug.
For more information about the rules feature deprecation, see Blog on how to turn off and remove Rules from your app: Canvas Rules feature deprecation.
For full list of deprecations see this page on Microsoft docs website
With the October 2019 release of the Unified Interface for model-driven apps in PowerApps, we are introducing several new improvements to the form headers.
With this release, admins and makers will be able to choose a style of a form header that fits the needs of your customers.
The new headers allow an admin or maker to choose up to three options to render data:
For more details, see this page on PowerApps Community blog.
We announced in July licensing options for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
These are available to purchase from the Office admin center and you can now allocate add-ons in the Power Platform Admin center.
After your purchase, we have made it easy and scalable to allocate your add-ons to the environments that need the add-ons.
Here is the procedure for managing add-on allocation for an environment:
From there, you can control and manage add-on capacity for an environment.
For more details, see this page on PowerApps Community blog
The PowerApps team has integrated the common Microsoft header so that there’s a consistent way to find help, see your notifications, and access your account.
For more information on the header, see this page on PowerApps blog.
EasyRepro is a framework that allow automated UI tests to be performed on a specific Dynamics 365 organization.
You can use it to automate testing such as Smoke, Regression, Load, etc.
The entire EasyRepro framework is Open Source and available on GitHub.
The aim of this article is to walk you through the setup of the Easy Repro framework. Including:
For more information on how to get started with Easy Repro, see this post on Dynamics 365 Community blog.
With PowerApps component framework, developers can now develop their own code components and use them inside canvas apps.
Watch this 1-hour long webinar focused on enabling professional developers to extend PowerApps with custom made visuals.
This webinar focused on:
From the end user perspective, framework components behave just like native canvas components and have access to canvas app capabilities like expressions, data binding, connectors, etc.
Low-code/no-code canvas Makers will have these components available for use inside the PowerApps studio and the implementation code\complexity is masked from them.
For more information about creating custom controls for PowerApps, see this page on PowerApps blog.
Here is a new tool to better understand, debug, and improve your apps.
Monitor provides a running log of all the activity within your app allowing you to see how declarative formulas are doing their work.
This first version is focused on:
For more technical details, see this page on PowerApps blog.
There has been great momentum around PowerApps component framework and numerous amazing controls are being created and shared by the community.
This PowerApps component is not UI focused but utilizes Microsoft Azure SignalR to enable real time communication between different PowerApps instances, D365 modules, or any other system.
As a reminder, Azure SignalR Service simplifies the process of adding real-time web functionality to applications over HTTP.
For more information about this specific PowerApps component, see this page on PowerApps blog.
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