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Microsoft 2022 Release Wave 2 Plans: What is New?

New capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform were introduced to the community on July 12, 2022, meaning further changes in the platforms’ functionality. The Microsoft 2022 release wave 2 plans uncover the features that will be released between October 2022 and March 2023.

So, what is new?

Updates from Dynamics 365:

  • Dynamics 365 Finance – general availability of vendor invoice optical character recognition (OCR) which automates the reading and recognition of vendor invoices and continues adding additional capabilities for subscription billing use cases. Microsoft plans to integrate tax calculation service with Dynamics 365 Project Operations (preview) and extend electronic invoicing service to support new upcoming e-invoice legislations for France, Poland, and Saudi Arabia. 

  • Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management invests in capabilities to drive agility and resilience across the supply chain. New analytics and support for multiple vendors in planning optimization will help businesses optimize their sourcing strategies. Inventory visibility lets organizations track real-time consumption within allocated quantities in support of promotions, special events, and new product introductions. Guided warehouse implementation and configuration experiences enable rapid reconfiguration of supply chains and manufacturers in the process industry can use Planning Optimization for shortening their planning cycles. 

  • Dynamics 365 Commerce enables new and updated B2B experiences, which include sales agreements across channels and customer-specific catalogs. Omnichannel media management features streamline workflows. Key point of sale investments includes Store Commerce app availability for iOS and Android devices. Apple Pay and Google Pay digital wallet integration. New customer support options through virtual agent and live agent integration will be available for e-commerce for an enhanced level of customer experience.

  • Dynamics 365 Business Central continues to improve the reporting capabilities for customers, including new report datasets for Excel and improvements to the Microsoft Power BI reports which now will support dimensions. The Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Power Automate integration also offer new capabilities for low-code development. The application will get several improvements like helping users do reverse entries in the payment reconciliation journal and several improvements to the supply chain functionality. 

 

Updates from Microsoft Power Platform:

  • Power BI continues to invest in empowering every individual, team, and organization to develop a data culture. Creation experience is improved by aligning our experiences with Office and enabling datasets authoring on the web. By bringing power query diagram view into Power BI Desktop, creators can use a no code experience to perform extract transform load (ETL) on their data. For teams, there are enhancements to metrics focused on enterprise needs and integration with Microsoft Viva Goals. In addition, big data experience is increased through automatic aggregations, query scale out, data protection capabilities via data loss prevention (DLP), and providing improved visibility into activity to the admins. 

  • Power Apps will expand governance capabilities to allow organizations to enable, manage, and support citizen development across the entire organization. Makers and developers of all skill levels will be more productive over Dataverse in a unified studio, with modern experiences to build and manage data and logic, as well as infused intelligence to support development, enrich data, and optimize end-user experiences. In addition to ensuring trust and the ability to leverage rich data experiences, both makers and end-users will benefit from out-of-the-box collaboration capabilities to enable users to be more productive when working together.

  • Power Automate is more accessible than ever before with new experiences to help users of every skill level build out their cloud and desktop flows. Businesses need to automate their deployments of Power Automate, and for them there are additional enhancements for application lifecycle management (ALM). And, with increased usage of robotic process automation (RPA), we are adding features to make it easier to manage machines in Azure and the credentials of your users and accounts.

  • Power Virtual Agents brings improvements in the authoring experience with commenting, Power Pages integration, data loss prevention options, proactive bot update messaging in Teams, and more. Creating a bot is typically a complex and time-intensive process, requiring long content update cycles and a team of experts. Power Virtual Agents gives anyone in your organization the ability to create powerful custom bots using an easy, code-free graphical interface, without the need for AI experts, data scientists, or teams of developers. A bot can interact with users, ask for clarifying information, and ultimately answer a user’s questions. 

More detailed information about Microsoft 2022 Release Wave 2 Plans and a full list of new capabilities can be found in Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform 2022 release wave 2 plans. 

Early access period  will be available starting August 1, so that Microsoft customers and partners can validate and experience the upcoming features in a non-production environment.

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