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In summary, the Unified Interface Playbook documents will help you:
We have now enabled early access to new capabilities included in the 2019 release wave 2, October update including end-user impacting features that will be enabled by default.
During August and September 2019, customers and partners will be able to validate the latest capabilities that are part of the upcoming release updates early in the cycle in a non-production environment.
These features include user experience enhancements that will be automatically enabled for users in production environments in October 2019. Therefore, we encourage application administrators to review these changes to understand their impact in case you need to update training resources for your users.
The following video and set of individual feature blogs walks you through the new capabilities and enhancements to Unified Interface available in 2019 release wave 2.
Here are the main usability items that released with Early Access:
PowerApps and Flow over the course of the past year have shown tremendous growth.
Microsoft have been receptive to input about how to license and implement platform capabilities in standalone plans.
When it comes to the standalone PowerApps and Flow plans from organizations of all sizes these are the key elements being considered:
In response to the customers’ needs and feedback, we’re pleased to announce two new plans that we will be introducing in October of this year: PowerApps per app plan and a Flow per business process plan.
The PowerApps per app plan will allow individual users to run applications for a specific business scenario, while the Flow per business process plan will enable critical business processes to be implemented with capacity that serves teams, departments or the entire organization. Both seek to make it easier for organizations to get started and scale as their unique needs grow over time, whether that’s implementing one scenario or a single business process, without having to purchase unlimited premium plans for all their users.
As an example of a standalone application, customers will be able to deliver a solution for event management that includes:
These assets will be able to be grouped into one scenario and licensed as a single application.
For more detailed information, review this post on the Microsoft PowerApps blog.
For more information, review this post on the Microsoft Azure Blog.
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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 86 (220.127.116.1103 or higher) resolved issues include:
Service Update 84 (18.104.22.16804 or higher) resolved issues include:
Service Update 82 (22.214.171.12401 or higher) resolved issues include:
Service Update 80 (126.96.36.19901 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.
Service Update 0.6 (188.8.131.52) resolved issues include*:
*No new release Update yet for version 9.0 in August.
Service Update 2.9 (184.108.40.206) resolved issues include:
Portal capabilities version 220.127.116.11 for Microsoft Dynamics 365 is now generally available for all Portals.
For a full list of all portal updates released to date and their corresponding KB articles, please reference this KB article.
With built-in collaboration with industry leaders, the freely-available accelerators extend the Common Data Model to include new entities to support a data schema for concepts within specific industries, enabling ISVs and other solution providers to quickly build industry vertical solutions
Five industry accelerators Automotive, healthcare, nonprofit, education, and banking are currently available, either in preview or generally available, to help accelerate innovation and deployment. Microsoft is developing Accelerators that speed up app development and shorten time to value by empowering partners and customers to quickly build and deploy vertical solutions. Each accelerator is free on AppSource and open source on GitHub.
For more information, review this post on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Blog.
The August 2019 update of Dynamics 365 for Marketing is now released and available to all customers.
We’re also releasing early access features, which you can choose to enable together with the August 2019 update.
This will let you try out a few of the upcoming features we have scheduled for final release with the 2019 release wave 2, which is planned for October 2019.
How to get the update and/or early access features are available here.
We’ve enhanced our pre-release readiness experience for customers and partners to learn about the upcoming release wave capabilities in a simple and easy to use.
The product updates page shows two section:
Download guide section to facilitate where to go download the overview guides from to learn about the key capabilities and features of the related product group.
Watch video section help facilitate where to go watch the overview videos to experience some of the new capabilities first-hand for the release wave.
The Product updates page presents the information as shown in the example below:
Dynamics 365 for Sales
Dynamics 365 for Customer Service
We’re really excited to announce some great improvements that are available globally in the Power Platform Admin center.
Summary of changes:
For more information, review this post on Dynamics 365 blog.
The new Service scheduling on Unified interface is built on top of Universal resource scheduling. If you are using legacy Service scheduling on web client and are planning your move to Unified interface, you need to plan your migration of data from legacy Service scheduling data to the new one. Once you plan your migration, you can do the following.
1- Manually configure records in the new experience.
For more information, see Configure entity records in the new scheduling experience, or,
2- Migrate using the migration solution.
Now in public preview, canvas apps may be shared with guests of your organization!
This enables teams of individuals made up of different organizations participating in a common business process to access the same app resources that may be integrated with a wide variety of Microsoft and third-party sources.
While in preview we look forward to hearing your feedback and would appreciate posts in this PowerApps forum topic.
For more details, review this post on Dynamics 365 blog.
Performance is a top priority for the PowerApps engineering team. There are major efforts currently underway to improve performance around app load time, the designer experience in PowerApps Studio, connectors response time…etc. While the infrastructure will continue to improve, there are a number of things you can do as an app maker to improve the performance of your app. Review this blog post that touches on few optimization concepts techniques that are universal when talking about building native or web apps but apply equally well to apps built with PowerApps. The highlights are put on these few areas: Conference App Overview/ Loading Data/ Pre-Loader/ Refactoring/ Concurrent Call/ Formula Optimization/ Asset optimization/ Persisting data/ Static Data/ App Setting Performance Flags.
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