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Dynamics 365 Power Platform 2020 release wave 1 information December 17, 2019 for January 2020 and beyond.

As you may know the most recent release wave for Microsoft Dynamics 365 enterprise services and software cloud, together with Microsoft Power Platform, was updated in October of 2019. There are more than 400 new capabilities in this update alone.

Now, on December 16 2019, know that Microsoft has revealed to the public the first initial timeline for the first of two release waves that is coming soon to the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform applications in year 2020 of the Gregorian calendar. Here are some key dates from this important timeline for you to know.

Please note all the list of features for this release wave which may be made available on January 27, 2020 at first. After this there would be a two-month period of early access which gets started on February 3, 2020. Partners and customers alike should be able to to test the upcoming capabilities in sandbox or non-production environments during this specific period of time. You will also be informed or advised about the usage of brand new functionality as well as upcoming features through a variety of release guides.

Production rollouts of Dynamics 365 and Power Platform are planned to automatically begin on April 1, 2020 with the regional production deployment starting about two days after this date. Until around September 2020 updates are planned to continue. March 2020 might be the time when a more detailed rollout schedule might be published.

Please make a note that the ultimate rollout for the 2019 release wave 2 will likely be continuing through March 2020 for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2020 Release Wave 1. In order to obtain a plethora more detailed information regarding any other potential release plans in the near future, please go ahead and keep a keen eye out for changes at the Dynamics 365 product updates page officially available through Microsoft.

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Dynamics 365 release schedule and early access 2020 wave 1

This article and doc provides information about the Dynamics 365 Power Platform 2020 release wave 1 (April 2020 - September 2020) awesome schedule and early access.
Key important dates for the 2020 release wave 1
Here are the key dates for the 2020 release wave 1.
Milestone Date Description
Release plans keenly available Jan 27, 2020 Learn new information about the new capabilities coming in the 2020 release wave 1 (April 2020 – September 2020) across Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.
Early access is available Feb 3, 2020 Test and validate new features and capabilities that will be a part of the 2020 release wave 1, coming in April, before they get enabled automatically for your end-users. The list of features available for early access will be available on Jan 27, 2020.
General availability is on April 1, 2020 Production rollout and deployment for the 2020 release wave 1 begins. Regional deployments will commence on April 3, 2020.
Early visibility through release plans

On January 27, 2020, the ultimate release plans (formerly known as the release notes) will tend to be published in the English language with the initial list of features for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. These sort of release plans help provide you with early visibility to get ready for the updates planned from April 2020 to September 2020.

Early access to great mandatory end-user impacting features

Customers and partners together can also validate the upcoming features and capabilities months in advance before they’re enabled automatically twice per year, during the April and October updates. Early access allows you to try and validate these new features in a non-production environment and get ready to roll out the changes with confidence to end users. Early bird like access for the 2020 release wave 1 April update will start on Feb 3, 2020.
Frequently asked questions
Why should I actually opt-in and test the features ahead of time?

Part of the brand new Dynamics 365 release cadence, includes that Microsoft is deploying 2 release waves per year Release wave 1 (covers features releasing from April through September) and Release wave 2 (covers features releasing from October through March) to all of our customers and partners. This early access provides you with an opportunity to validate the update in your sandbox environment before it is applied to your production environment. Early access also gives you an opportunity to experience the new features in advance and confidently roll them out to all your users.

How do I actually enable the early access features in an environment?

Using model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 (such as Dynamics 365 Sales, Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Dynamics 365 Marketing, and Dynamics 365 Field Service), means that you can enable the preview features from the Power Platform Admin center. In January, we will provide more information about how to enable the early access features.

If you are in fact using Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, or Dynamics 365 Commerce, or Dynamics 365 Finance the truth is that you can apply the new preview package to your environment via the Shared Asset Library in Lifecycle Services. For information about how to enable previews, see Service Update Availability.

If you are using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can get to know the preview features in sandbox environments.
Which environments do I use for previewing the features?

You can choose to actually preview the features in one of your sandbox environments. In addition to the sandbox environments, if you are a customer of model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 (such as Dynamics 365 Sales, Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Dynamics 365 Marketing, and Dynamics 365 Field Service), you can preview the features in production environments.

Microsoft highly recommends to start previewing these features in a sandbox or trial environment prior to production. To get the full experience of the new features, we also suggest that you create a copy of your current production environment or database (for Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, or Dynamics 365 Commerce) as a test or sandbox environment to try out the new features and experiences.

What experiences and cool features are available for early access in my case?

The early access experiences as well as features are planned to be listed in the Dynamics 365 2020 release wave 1 plan. If you would like you can opt-in to the 2020 release wave 1 features, including the new model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 (such as and including Dynamics 365 Sales, Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Dynamics 365 Marketing, and Dynamics 365 Field Service), Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, or Dynamics 365 Commerce.
How do I report bugs in early access features?

Just know that you should definitely follow the current process of reporting bugs through Microsoft Dynamics 365 support. We will prioritize and fix the blocking bugs before we deploy the update in production.

What happens to all of these preview features in April 2020 of the year?

The 2020 release wave 1 and future preview features are planned to become generally available and become the current version, on April 1, 2020. Alsomake a note that by default all such general availability Dynamcs 365 and Power Platform 2020 changes would be deployed in environments of all microsoft customers including partners, over the month of April.

Regarding early access be deployed in production - how will they be deployed?

Over the course of April 2020, all environments will be enabled to receive the 2020 release wave 1 features including the chanegs to model-driven apps in Dynamics 365. So then all these updates will be deployed on your own environments automatically following our Safe Deployment Process (SDP) which is a procedure ensuring proper deployment of your apps.

If you want to enable the 2020 release wave 1 features before the update reaches your region, you can enable the updates yourself by opting in to the preview between Feb 3, 2020, and the date your region will be scheduled to have the features turned on. However, by the end of April 2020, all instances will have had 2020 release wave 1 features applied.
This gradual rollout is a last safety measure to catch any potential issues as we apply the changes to all instances. It is the same approach we do for our regular patches and updates. We will provide the regional level schedule later.
Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, or Dynamics 365 Commerce: You can configure the maintenance day and time windows in Lifecycle Services (LCS). You'll receive an email if you opt in to receive LCS notifications. You'll be able to select the designated tier 2 sandbox for the update. The sandbox environment will be updated followed by the production environment. You'll have five business days for testing and validation. See the One Version service updates FAQ for more details.
Will the 2020 release wave 1 release be applicable to on-premises?

Model-driven apps in Dynamics 365: The 2020 wave 1 release does not apply to customers of Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (on-premises). The 2020 release wave 1 release will be applicable for the customers of both commercial and the Government Cloud.
Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Dynamics 365 Commerce, or Dynamics 365 Business Central: The 2020 wave 1 release is applicable for customers of Finance + Operations (on-premises) as well. You can opt in to preview the new functionalities similar to online.
How does Microsoft ensure the reliability of these features?

Model-driven apps in Dynamics 365: The quality of our releases is paramount to ensuring our customers’ satisfaction. We have multiple parts to how we approach quality as we release to our global audience.
We begin our process with a series of automated and manual tests across a wide variety of scenarios. This progresses to the group of customers in multiple regions participating in our First Release program, where those customers work in conjunction with the FastTrack program on validating key scenarios on the builds scheduled to be deployed.
This is followed by our robust Safe Deployment Process (SDP) that phases deployments over several weeks, gradually rolling out changes across the entire customer population. The Safe Deployment Process allows us to continue to validate and monitor the release as it progresses, and provide slip-streamed fixes, if needed. This provides the flexibility to quickly respond to any issues that might be found, and to update a build before it reaches additional customers.
Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, or Dynamics 365 Commerce: We ensure the quality of the release by adhering to a fundamental principle that’s enabled through a series of progressive, rigorous, and automated validations as described in Standard and First release service updates.
If I have further questions or feedback, where can I post them?

For any questions or feedback, join the discussion at the Release Readiness Forum in the Dynamics 365 community.

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