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Key dates for the upcoming release wave

Business conditions are in constant flux. To help you rapidly adjust to change and drive strong business outcomes, we deliver new capabilities in two six-month release waves. Each release wave comprises hundreds of new and updated capabilities for products across Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. Stay up to date on Dynamics 365 and Power Platform product updates for the latest release wave details.

Today, we are announcing the key dates for the second release wave of updates planned for 2020, starting October 2020. We encourage our customers and partners to reference these dates to plan and prepare for the upcoming release wave with confidence.

  • July 8, 2020: Release plans available
    Learn about the new upcoming capabilities for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.
  • August 3, 2020: Early access available
    Try the new features and capabilities that will be part of the October update of the 2020 release wave 2 before they are enabled automatically.
  • October 1, 2020: General availability
    This is when the production deployment for the 2020 release wave 2 begins. Regional deployments will commence October 2, 2020.

Planning for the next release wave

On July 8, 2020, we plan to publish the release plans for the 2020 release wave 2 with the initial list of features for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform that will be delivered during the release wave. The release plans provide our customers and partners with early visibility to get ready for the updates planned from October 2020 to March 2021.

Starting on August 3, we will enable early access to new features and capabilities, enabling customers and partners to validate them in a sandbox instance before being rolled out automatically in October.

Current release wave updates

2020 release wave 1 (April – September 2020)

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that many of our customers and partners have moved to the minimum staff or business continuity model. To support this situation, we extended the early access opt-in period, which gave our customers and partners additional time to test and validate the new capabilities.

To date, 70 percent of the hundreds of features in the wave 1 release have shipped, with the remaining features slated to ship by September 2020, as indicated in the release plans for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.

To keep pace with our releases, we encourage our customer, partners, and application administrators to watch the release overview videos. We have multiple assets available for you to watch at your own pace to explore some of the highlights in the release, by application.

2020 release wave 1 overview videos:

Dynamics 365

Power Platform

Keeping pace with our release waves

Make sure to continue to check out the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform product updates page for the latest release wave details including release plans, timelines, and overview guides and videos.

If you have any questions or feedback, join the discussion in the Release Readiness forum in the Dynamics community.

We're always looking for feedback and would like to hear from you. Please head to the Dynamics 365 Community to start a discussion, ask questions, and tell us what you think!

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