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We need to talk about......D365 Release Wave 1 2022......General Updates

Kicking off my next blog series this week and it will focus on the new features and functionality currently being released as part of Release Wave 1 for 2022.

The Microsoft Power Platform release plan for the 2022 release wave 1 describes the new features being rele from March 2022 through to October 2022 for Power BI, Power Apps, Power Apps portals, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and AI Builder, as well as Microsoft Power Platform, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. You can either browse the release plan online.

Modern advanced find

Microsoft is preparing to replace the legacy advanced find experience, so the new Release Wave will introduce a modern advanced find with a new view management experience. This includes:

  • An advanced find entry point through the global Dataverse search bar

  • An enhanced selector enabling users to search for a view

  • Simpler personalisation of views including options to hide and reorder views across all devices

  • Exploring any table in a model-driven app through structured search and filters

New activity dropdown showing only relevant activities

The new dropdown will only show contextual activities that are relevant to each app. Activities which aren’t included in the app metadata will be hidden by default.

In-App Notifications

From April this capability will be generally available enabling administrators to configure notifications within apps as an alternative to email alerts and push notifications.

Editable grid control support

A new editable grid control will be released in preview during this release wave to handle inline edits within views and sub-grids. This will also introduce infinite scrolling allowing users to continue scrolling to get to the required grid row(s) without the need to navigate through pages.

Create & join Teams meetings from in-app appointments

A new toggle control for appointment records will enable users to create a Microsoft Teams meeting from these entries and join the Teams meeting with a single click directly from the appointment or in the timeline. Along with this above functionality an Appointment description now supports rich text. A new rich text editor will be supported for all model-driven apps, and from this release wave, will be the default editor for appointments and email activities. This control will enable links, lists and other rich text to be added within an appointment description.

Build forms entirely using the modern form designer

Microsoft is planning to deprecate the legacy form designer and it says the upcoming Release Wave will bring parity between the modern form designer and the classic experience. With this update, administrators and app makers will be able to customise forms using all controls in the new designer without the need to work in the legacy designer.

Easy record sharing

A new record sharing experience (currently available in public preview) will reach general availability in the 2022 Release Wave 1. Initially this is only available for Account, Case, Opportunity, and Contact tables, enabling users to share records similarly to Office documents with other users who have sufficient record permissions.

Co-presence in records

Towards the end of this Release Wave period, this feature currently available in preview will reach general availability. This identifies any colleagues who are currently working on a record and includes their current online status, so users can start a Teams chat or send an email.

Similar improvements will made to the record owner field to check their online status, email or initiate a chat. Initially, these features will be available for Account, Case, Opportunity, and Contact tables only.

Hope you all enjoyed this initial post on the Release Wave 1 plans for 2022. I will continue this series with some additional content specifically related to Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. Take Care, Speak Soon!

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