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Earlier this week, Microsoft published the Power Platform 2022 release wave 1 plans describing the new features that will roll out between April 2022 and September 2022.
The new features coming to Dynamics 365 have been published in a separate release plan. This blog will focus on the new features coming to the Power Platform but if you would like an overview of the Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 1 plan, click here.
In addition, Microsoft has released the timeline for the first major update of the year – the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2022 Release Wave 1.
Highlights of the Power Platform 2022 Release Wave 1
Power BI continues to invest in empowering every individual, team, and organization in their digital transformations:
- The create experience is being improved by the creation of measures using natural language and work sharing for easy collaboration using OneDrive.
- Enhancements to goals focused on enterprise needs
- Integration with PowerPoint
- New capabilities to the Power BI experience in Teams.
- Automatic aggregations/ improvements to big data experience
- Data protection capabilities through DLP
- Providing improved visibility into activity to admins.
Power Apps will continue to enable developers of all skill levels to build enterprise class apps for web and mobile infused with intelligence and collaboration capabilities.
- New built-in collaboration features – that will enable teams to work on an app simultaneously as well as merge and track changes for faster and more seamless development.
- Makers and developers will be more productive over Dataverse by leveraging intelligence to assist development with natural language to code powered by advanced AI models such as GPT-3 and PROSE.
- Key updates to ensure that organizations can deliver flagship apps across the entire company faster and safer than ever, such as Power Apps mobile apps
- Ability to deployed apps on Android or iOS
- improvements to ALM and governance capabilities to ensure safe and scalable roll outs.
Power Apps Portals
Power Apps portals continues to invest in bringing more out-of-the-box capabilities to support both low-code / no-code development as well as for professional developers.
- Ability to convert portals into cross-platform mobile applications
- Option to use Global search that is powered through Dataverse search integration
- enhancements for professional developers to do more with the portals using Power Platform PAC CLI tool as well as for admins to author administrative workflows using Admin APIs.
Power Automate is more accessible than ever before with integrations in Windows 11, Microsoft Teams, which helps in automating tasks no matter where you are in Microsoft 365.
- Increased in customer usage of the robotic process automation (RPA) deployments
- New features to make it easier to manage machines in Azure and the credentials of your users and accounts.
- All features are increasingly automatable by default (adhering to the API-first approach), so that IT departments can manage their Power Automate infrastructure in whatever way they want.
Power Virtual Agents
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.
- Improvements in the authoring experience with commenting,
- Power Apps Portals integration
- Data loss prevention options
- Proactive bot update messaging in Microsoft Teams
AI Builder is adding capabilities around document automation—in particular, the ability to process unstructured documents, such as contracts or e-mails.
- Customers will be able to extract key information from documents and process them automatically in an end-to-end flow using Power Automate.
- Building out a Feedback Loop process, – enabling improvement of model accuracy by retraining models with data processed in production.
- Added capabilities to effectively manage the governance and lifecycle of AI Models.
- Added capabilities around document automation like the ability to process unstructured documents (such as contracts or e-mails).
Beginning January 31, 2022, new features from the release will be available for Early Access. Power Platform users will have the opportunity to test some of the new capabilities in a sandbox environment, before they are automatically enabled in April 2022. To see a list the early access features, check out the Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform pages. For questions about early access, please visit the Early Access FAQ page. Click here for directions on opting into early access features.
Take advantage of the early access period, test out the latest updates in a non-production environment, and get ready to roll out updates to your users with confidence.
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