The way Microsoft delivers Dynamics 365 updates changed on January 31st 2019 and if you haven’t updated to the latest version, you need to do so now to ensure you’re not left behind.
Dynamics 365 is moving to a true SaaS model, something that has proven to be a huge success for other Microsoft products such as Office and Azure. Microsoft’s ‘One Version’ way of thinking will result in everyone using the same version of software, which for customers will result in better support, reliability and performance. Partners will benefit from lower support costs along with earlier visibility and access to updates through Microsoft’s new release structure, so it’s good news all round.
We’re saying farewell to Customer Driven Updates in favour of new features and code being sent via weekly updates which will run in the background. The real game changer will be the two new versions of Dynamics which will be launched every April and October. It’s in these bi-annual new versions that users will be able to physically see the new features they have available. Admin Driven Opt-In controls the user experience and can switch on new features as they arrive but can also switch them off should they cause unwanted changes to the user experience.
Moving forward to the release of Version 10 in April 2019, updates from Version 10 and beyond will be available in sandbox environments for the pre-testing of integrations, customisations and ISV apps. Microsoft are making the release notes available even earlier to ensure the market is aware of what’s coming.
The First Release Program is where new versions begin their journey by being deployed to Microsoft employee and selected customers and partners for testing. Formpipe Lasernet is amongst the first to test new versions ensuring compatibility before they become available.
However you decide to manage your Dynamics 365 upgrades, rest assured that Formpipe Lasernet will be compatible with any version, both past and present.