Published on Friday, September 14, 2018
Microsoft retroactively announced that effective with this Spring’s release, the cadence of major releases will be slowed and Dynamics 365 online will now be updated twice yearly in the Spring/Fall months of April and October. This will apply to all Dynamics 365 applications and platforms, including the Common Data Service for Apps.
This updated cycle is intended to help customers stay current in a consistent, predictable, and seamless manner. The new cadence also aims to lower upgrade costs, provide users access to the latest capabilities, performance improvements and offer a better support experience.
Microsoft will deliver two major releases per year – April and October – which will offer new capabilities and functionality. These updates will be backward compatible, so customer apps and customizations will continue to work post-update. An important element is that new features with major, disruptive changes to the user experience will be not installed by default. This means administrators will be able to identify if they want the new features and test them before enabling them in their organization.
Beginning last April, Microsoft began publishing release notes which provide a summary of all the new features, improvements, and information on when they are planned to be available. Release notes will be published months prior to each major update to help customers plan for the new capabilities. The release notes for the October 2018 update have already been published.
In addition to the two major updates, Microsoft will also continue to deploy regular performance and reliability improvement updates throughout the year. Deployments will be phased over several weeks following safe deployment practices and monitoring updates closely for any issues.
Previously, subscriptions could be (n-2) versions behind. Since everyone will be updated on the new, continuous delivery schedule, all organizations need to update to the latest version if they are running an older version of Dynamics 365. The upgrade deadlines are quickly approaching for Dynamics 365 versions older than 9.x. This means that organizations with version 8.2 still deployed need to be sure their systems are updated to the latest version by the end of January 2019. Starting with the April 2019 release, the update to version 10 will need to be scheduled properly, or Microsoft will automatically update to version 10 to keep all customers on the latest version.
Additional information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
PSC can help you prepare and navigate these revised Dynamics 365 update schedules. Call us for a CRM HealthCheck review of where your Dynamics 365 deployment is at and what needs to be done to comply and benefit from these changes.
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