Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Monthly Update-April 2022

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Featured News


Power Platform & Dynamics 365 | 2022 release wave 1 plans for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform now available

April 2022 | General Availability of 2022 Release Wave 1 :

  • Production deployment receives the new capabilities based on the rollout schedule.
  • Check the Deployment schedule to know when you will receive the 2022 release wave 1 in your region and organizations.

2022 Release Wave 1 Plan release:

  • Release Plan documentation to learn about the upcoming capabilities for D365 & Power Platform has been released.
  • What’s new and Planned for:

Microsoft Business Applications Launch Event on April 6, 2022

  • Register now for your first look at hundreds of new features, enhancements, and innovations to transform your business into a more agile, customer-centric organization.
  • Catch all the latest advancements across Microsoft Dynamics 365 being unveiled, including:
    • More collaborative content creation, improved authoring efficiency, and advanced personalization using Dynamics 365 Marketing.
    • Ambient and actionable business data, a single workspace in Sales Hub, and AI-guided live feedback with Dynamics 365 Sales.
    • Simplified setup with guided, task-based experiences and inbox enhancements for rapid issue resolution using Dynamics 365 Customer Service.
    • Subscription billing and intelligent automation around invoicing, ledger settlements, and year-end close services in Dynamics 365 Finance.
  • Hear from Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Business Applications and Platform, about how your business can innovate by modernizing processes and uncovering game-changing insights.
  • Hear from senior Microsoft engineers and experts behind the technology guiding you through the latest advancements in Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform 2022 release wave 1.

For more information check out this page on Microsoft cloud blog.


Power Platform | 2022 Deprecations & Service Retirement

April 2022 | Deprecations & Service retirement

Upcoming WS-TRUST\OrganizationServiceProxy Authentication Type Shutdown in the spring of 2022 – We are doing this to provide better Identity security, authentication support, cross platform support and to enabled future improvements in our overall platform supported product suite.

Effective February 4, 2020, the WS-Trust authentication type that is used by custom clients to connect to Dataverse is deprecated

  • Who is affected?
    • This affects you, your customer, or your tools if your connecting to Dataverse\PowerPlatform and:
    • You’re using a version of our SDK Client OLDER then 9.0.2.3 (shipped in April of 2018 )
    • You’re using Office365 Authentication with the CrmServiceClient on ANY version.
    • You’re Using the OrganizationServiceProxy directly, either via the CrmServiceClient, or using it directly from the Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Client.dll
    • This does NOT affect Plugins that run on the Dataverse Server.
  • Requested GO-DO’s
    • If you are in the in the use case above, make plans and fix it now without waiting until close to the deadline.
    • If you are using tools, Partner or ISV provided tools, raise awareness,  provide the link HERE which walks though identification and updates required. 
  • Retirement phased approach
    • Effective April 2021, the authentication protocol will be retired for all new environments within a tenant.
    • The retirement of new environments starts April 1, 2021 and rolls out gradually in all regions within a 6-week window.
    • Effective April 2022, the authentication protocol will be retired for all new and existing environments within a tenant.
    • More information: Use of Office365 authentication with the WS-Trust security protocol

Model-driven app controls Deprecation & Retirement

  • Some older controls for model-driven apps are deprecated.
  • These controls include Flip Switch, Calendar Control (V1), Linear Slider, Radial Knob, Arc Knob, Linear Gauge; along with the Website Preview control, MultiSelectPicklistControl (V1), and the Flip Label (two radio buttons format option).
  • Why is this needed?
    • These controls are outdated and don’t conform to our current standards for useability and accessibility.
    • For example, we’ve received feedback that the Flip Label control is difficult to determine its intended use and users commonly don’t see the options available to choose from, such as “yes / no” or “enable / disable.”
  • Impact
    • Starting April 2021, these controls can no longer be added to forms.
    • For instances of Flip Label control, the control will be transitioned to a drop-down.
    • For all other controls, they’ll continue to work within existing forms until April 2022

October 2022 | Deprecations & Service retirement

Some client APIs Deprecation & Retirement

Deprecated Client API : ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx

  • The ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx page is deprecated and scheduled to be unavailable after October 1, 2022.
  • Use Power Apps component framework overview to build configurable and reusable components that enable external integrations in a supported way or use custom pages to add custom full page or dialog or pane experiences into model-driven apps, with the flexibility of the canvas designer.
  • Check the list of deprecated client APIs here

November 2022 | Deprecations & Service retirement

Dataverse OData v2.0 Service removal

  • We plan to remove the Dataverse OData v2.0 Organization Data Service on November 11, 2022.
  • This announcement does not involve the deprecated Organization Service SOAP endpoint.
  • At this time, no date has been announced for the removal of the SOAP endpoint.
  • The Organization Data Service was deprecated with Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement v8.0 in favor of the Web API, an OData v4.0 service.
  • Today, less than .06% of requests to Dataverse use this endpoint. Removing this endpoint will enable Dataverse to improve overall performance.
  • Any code that uses the Organization Data Service should be migrated to use the Web API before that time.
  • More information: OData v2.0 Service removal date announcement

Data export Service

  • Data Export Service (DES) is deprecated.
  • Data Export Service will continue to work and will be fully supported until it reaches end-of-support and end-of-life a year from this announcement date, in November 2022.
  • This notice is to allow you sufficient time to plan and onboard to Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse which is a successor to Data Export Service.
  • The Playbook will guide them through the initialization, planning, and adoption phases.
  • For more details, check out this page on Power Apps blog

Important upcoming changes – supporting articles

Important upcoming changes and deprecations in canvas apps

Important upcoming changes and deprecations in Power Apps Portals

Important changes (deprecations) coming in Power Apps and Power Automate


Power Platform & Dynamics 365 | Release Waves  & Service Updates


Manage Release Wave Updates table

Understanding Release Wave Updates

  • Release Wave Plan for visibility on what’s coming.
  • Release Wave schedule  for visibility on deployment timelines  for Power Apps, Dynamics 365 CE Apps and Industry Clouds
    • Wave 1 Period:   April – September
    • Wave 2 Period:  October to March
  • Release Wave Opt-in to early access update
    • Understand the opt-in process to early updates for Dynamics 365 environment and how to opt-in to early access updates.
  • General Availability deployment
    • After a release cycle has been made “generally available” to users, environments are typically automatically turned on.
      This is so users can receive ongoing mandatory updates which will enable the early access features and general available features of the release.

**Tips to Stay Informed on Updates notifications


Microsoft Dataverse – Service Update

Dataverse Service Updates are typically deployed every week and reflect the environment update information.

What is included?

  • Repaired functionality for unified Interface, accessibility.
  • Resolution of actions that produce errors, unhandled exceptions or system or component failures.

How to determine if your organization has received the service update?

  • To determine whether your organization had this update applied, check your Microsoft Dataverse version number.
  • Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, and then click About.
  • Click here to see the Latest Version Availability for your Dataverse

Power Platform & Dynamics 365 Apps

Sales App Customer Service Field Service Power Automate
  • Click here to see the Latest version availability and Next App/Solution Version based on you region.
  • Sales App/Solution Service Updates are typically deployed every 2 weeks and the schedule will be published every other Wednesday.
  • Sales App/Solution Version are deployed based on region specific times.
  • Click here to see the Latest version availability and Next App/Solution Version based on you region.
  • Customer Service App/Solution Service Updates page is updated every Tuesday.
  • App/Solution Version are deployed based on region specific times
  • Click here for information Field Service Updates and Service Update release schedule for your region
  • Click here for the last Power Automate Release Note and Release schedule for your region.
  • Power Automate is not available in all regions at once.
  • Instead, each version is made available incrementally in different regions of the world
Power Apps Power Apps Portals Power BI Dynamics 365 Marketing

Latest Version Available:

  • Latest version of Power Apps is here – It includes
  • Unified Interface
  • Power Apps Studio/Mobile
  • PowerApps.com version

Product information

  • Power Apps is not available in all regions at once.
  • Instead, each version is made available incrementally in different regions of the world

Latest Version Available:

 Product Information

  • A portal consists of the following components Portal Solutions and Portal website Host.
  • Portal Website Host is typically updated automatically on a monthly basis to the latest versions.
  • Portal Solutions are updated by customers.

 Portal Update, Upgrade information

Latest Version Available

  • Check the latest Power BI March 2022 update here. Video

Product Information

  • Power BI Desktop is updated and released on a monthly basis, incorporating customer feedback and new features.
  • Only the most recent version of Power BI Desktop is supported; customers who contact support for Power BI Desktop will be asked to upgrade to the most recent version. Get the latest version of Power BI Desktop from the Download Center

Power BI Service | The following updates are new to the Power BI service this month: Get started with goals in Power BI (preview)

Latest Version Available

  • Check the latest Dynamics 365 Marketing Version  is here

 

Product information

December 2021 Updates

  • With the Dynamics 365 Marketing December 2021 update you can create journey branches based on any attribute, track unsubscribed users in real-time marketing insights, and manage Microsoft Teams meeting options from the Dynamics 365 Marketing app.
  • The update also includes general performance upgrades and bug fixes.

The latest enhancements include:

  • Real-Time Marketing
    • Customer journeys
    • Marketing Insights
  • Outbound Marketing

Microsoft Dynamics 365 On-Premises

For the latest Service Updates for Dynamics 365 on-premise release version 9.0 and 9.1 visit Service Updates
Latest On-Premises Update | March 2022 release

Dynamics CRM 9.1 On-Premises

Dynamics CRM 9.0 On-Premises


Product Updates


Announcing the general availability of pay-as-you-go for Power Apps

General availability of pay-as-you-go for Power Apps a new and more flexible way to pay for Power Apps and related Power Platform services. Customers now can use an Azure subscription to cover their Power Apps usage and Dataverse capacity costs based on actual usage.

Pay-as-you-Go plan
•    While there are many benefits to the scale and predictability of user-based licensing, several scenarios today require the agility of a usage-based model.
•    With the new pay-as-you-go plan, customers only pay for what they use, giving them more flexibility to get started with low code with low risk and then scale their investments over time based on the usage patterns of their solutions

Pay as you go monthly active users

Pay as you go how it works

For more details check out this page on Power Apps blog.

Docs:  Power Apps pay-as-you-go documentation

Mechanics video: https://aka.ms/IgniteNov21/PPMechanics


Introducing Microsoft Power Platform API (preview)

For administrators trying to manage their tenant at scale, this has traditionally meant looking at tools like our Power Apps Administration PowerShell module or the Power Platform for Admins management connector in Power Automate.

A growing community of administrators and API experts have been asking for full documentation of the REST APIs that power these tools, but each product area within the Power Platform has their own API with different authentication mechanisms and only a small fraction of which has been documented publicly.

To solve this gap in documentation, and to eventually support automated refreshes of PowerShell modules and Connectors, we are introducing as of March 31st, 2022 the public preview of Microsoft Power Platform API.

Power Platform API acts as a gateway or a single API surface that harmonizes the internal APIs from each feature area of the platform.  This results in a single endpoint (ex. api.powerplatform.com) for customers to use along with a unified set of Permissions and claims that can be requested from Azure Active Directory.

Power Platform API

Learn more on this page on Power Apps blog.


Runtime localization support for Code components on Custom pages and Canvas apps

We are happy to announce the Public Preview of runtime localization for code components on custom page and standalone canvas applications.

  • Inline with the model-driven application behavior, custom pages and standalone canvas applications can now dynamically display themselves in user preferred language. This not just enables all code components to align seamlessly with the host application language but also  provides significant runtime performance optimizations. OOB control’s now have their localization data hosted and served via CDN. 
  • This release enables end to end localization support for custom pages which is in Public Preview.

Learn more on how makers can use this capability on this page on Power Apps blog.


Power Apps Portals – What’s New

Configure the rich text editor control on portals

  • Configure Power Apps portals to add the rich text editor control to a basic form and then add the basic form to a web page. Portal users will be able interact with the rich text editor control to format text on the form.

Configure column permissions

  • In portals, table permissions are used to apply security to individual Dataverse table records. You can add column permissions to individual table columns. Column permissions are an optional configuration that you associate with web roles.

Configure Dataverse search in portals (preview)

  • Dataverse search delivers fast and comprehensive search results sorted by relevance in portals. Dataverse search is the same search service used in model-driven apps and other Microsoft Power Platform services built on Microsoft Dataverse.

Configure a choices column on portals

  • Makers can design basic forms and advanced forms to include choices columns defined in Microsoft Dataverse. This feature provides the ability for portal users to select multiple options while submitting data, and display views that include choices columns through lists.

Overview of portals as progressive web apps

  • You can enable your functional portal as a progressive web app (PWA), with native app–like look and feel, by using Power Apps portals Studio.
  • With this feature, Power Apps portals now supports using progressive web app technology to provide multiplatform support to create an app that will work on all platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, and Chromebooks) and form factors (mobile, desktop, and tablet).

Power Automate for Desktop – March 2022 update

  • We are happy to announce that the March 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.18) has been released!
  • You can download the latest release here.
  • New features and updates have been added and include:
    • Support of Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge browser
    • Handling of Java version updates for installing Power Automate Java files
    • Enhanced capabilities of extracting web data when handling large datasets
    • Support of physical mouse interaction in ‘Click link on web page’ action
    • User is informed when trying to interact with app running with elevated rights

Check out the full list and details on the Power Automate blog page


Learning and Training Corner


Customizing Power Apps Portals – Azure B2C Branding and Passing Attributes to Dataverse

Use Case: 

  • You have set up Azure AD B2C and you want a custom Company Logo on the Sign In/Sign Up page, in addition you want a user’s first name and last name passed to Dataverse during registration.

Check out this page to find response to the solutioning.

  • Where should I do the branding?
  • Where should I manage custom attributes?

Review the walkthrough video


Customizing Power Apps Portals – Basic Liquid Templating Building Left Side Navigation

Use case:

  • You have started using PowerApps Portals and have heard about Liquid Templating. 
  • You would like to learn a little more about it and explore using some Liquid in a Dev Environment. 
  • You find the Left Navigation example and decide to give it a go.

Check out this page to find response to the solutioning.

  • Where does my Liquid Code go?
  • How do I get started with Liquid?

Review the walkthrough video




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