Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-05-22


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

What’s New in CE:

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

What’s New in F&SCM:

What’s New in Solution Updates:

How do I operationalize things:

  • Model-Driven App Sharing Nuances – if the “My Apps” subgroup is missing from your legacy Settings area, I’ll show you how to get it back dropping in this relative URL:  /tools/AppModuleContainer/applandingtilepage.aspx (you can also get it back by dropping this at the end of your core URL in the browser:  /main.aspx?forceUCI=1&pagetype=apps
  • Connecting Power BI to CDM Folders Tips (make sure your URL has “dfs” instead of “blob” in the middle of it)
  • Enabling SQL and Power BI direct connectivity that should light up over this Memorial Day weekend in North America with CDS build 171 (a release earlier than predicted) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/view-entity-data-power-bi
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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-05-08


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Blocking Connectors in DLP Policy is now possible –  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/prevent-data-loss and https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-data-loss-prevention-capabilities-in-public-preview/
* Update on making a PVA around COVID-19 info more sophisticated with real-time info – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/helping-organizations-provide-real-time-information-about-covid-19-with-microsoft-power-virtual-agents/
* We released a Regional Government Emergency Response and Monitoring Solution – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-regional-government-emergency-response-and-monitoring-solution/
* Activity Logs and Audit capability (primer) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-automate–auditing-and-activity-logs-part-1
* Activity Logs and Audit capability (detailed) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-automate–auditing-and-activity-logs-part-2
* Great detailed guidance on Connectors, Connections, and DLP – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-automate–connectors-and-connections
* AI Builder Forms Processor just got WAY more configurable – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-form-processing-now-lets-you-recognize-undetected-fields/
* Very helpful overview of the Power Platform COE Toolkit Power BI Dashboard functionality – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/gain-deep-insights-into-your-power-platform-adoption-with-the-coe-starter-kit/
* AI Builder now supports predicting multiple outcomes – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-now-supports-predicting-multiple-outcomes-preview/
* If you want mobile offline for standalone model-driven apps, register for the preview at https://aka.ms/mobileoffline
* Query CDS directly using SQL statements (like in Power BI) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/developer/common-data-service/cds-sql-query
* Template for Invoice Processing on App Source – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-invoice-processing-automation-starter-kit-is-available-on-app-source/
* Connect Power BI directly to CDM folders in data lake – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-april-2020-feature-summary/#_Data_connectivity

What’s New in CE:

* Getting Windows notifications, not just browser notifications in Omnichannel – https://thecrm.ninja/omnichannel-desktop-notifications/
* Marketing functionality will start auto-updating in May – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/automatic-update-policy-for-dynamics-365-marketing
* North America got ability to use File and Image data types (in Preview) in Model-Driven Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/preview-release-of-file-and-image-with-annotations-support-in-uci-model-driven-web-applications/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Better Manage Employee Leave – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-leave-and-absence-manage-employee-leave
* What’s New in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-05-01
* Work with Serialization in POS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/pos-serialized-items
* Deprecated Features for Commerce – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/removed-deprecated-features-commerce

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Cut and paste from Grid – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/fin-ops/get-started/grid-capabilities#pasting-from-excel
* Built-in Planning for Distribution Scenarios is being deprecated – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/removed-deprecated-features-scm-updates
* Integrate Guides with Supply Chain Management – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/asset-management/asset-management-guides-integration
* Customer Portal in F&SCM – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-supply-chain-management/customer-self-service-experiences
* What’s New in LCS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/lifecycle-services/whats-new-lcs

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.16248 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update162
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.16541 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update165
* Field Service to 8.8.20.18
* Project Service to 3.10.20.4
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.3.4.13, then 2.3.5.10
* Guides to 400.0.0.18 (MAJOR Update – go get it)
* Anchor Solution for Dataflow to 1.0.0.2
* Customer Insights Card Add-in to 0.7.9
* Channel Integration Framework to 9.2.1.576
* Adobe Sign to 9.1.1.4

How do I operationalize things:

* Workshops Training Content Site – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/events?c=Upcoming%20Events
* Model-Driven App Sharing Nuances – if the “My Apps” subgroup is missing from
your legacy Settings area, I’ll show you how to get it back dropping in this
relative URL: /tools/AppModuleContainer/applandingtilepage.aspx
* Connecting Power BI to CDM Folders Tips (we’ll cover the last 2 in the next show)

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-04-24


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Lots of new connectors for Power Automate – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/15-new-connectors-and-use-azure-ad-with-the-sql-server-connector/
* Podcast all about API Limits and Throttles in Power Platform – https://crm.audio/api-limits-and-throttles-in-power-platform-with-sean-mcnellis/
* Displaying loading messages in Canvas Apps – https://arpitmscrmhunt.blogspot.com/2020/04/powerapps-display-loading-icon-until.html
* Canvas Apps are about to finally get a good map control – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-geospatial-features-in-power-apps/
* Part 2 of Guidance on Analyzing PP Services (Power Automate) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-automate—power-automate-analytics
* Part 3 of Guidance on Analyzing PP Services (CDS Telemetry) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-model-driven-apps—common-data-service-for-analytics
* Part 4 of Guidance on Analyzing PP Services (PVA) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-virtual-agents—analytics
* Part 5 of Guidance on Analyzing PP Services (PowerShell and Audit Logs) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-canvas-driven-apps—auditing-and-activity-logs-part-1
* Part 6 of Guidance on Analyzing PP Services (Security Log Telemetry) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-canvas-apps—auditing-and-activity-logs-part-2
* A new PowerBI file (and new solutions) was released as part of the COE Toolkit (it’s a big improvement) – https://github.com/microsoft/powerapps-tools/raw/master/Administration/CoEStarterKit/Individual%20Components/Dashboard-PowerPlatformAdminDashboard_2020-04-20_advanced.pbix
* Power Virtual Agent System Fallback Topic is finally here! – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/customize-the-bot-behavior-when-no-intent-is-triggered/
* Automate your Canvas Power Apps unit tests in your DevOps pipeline – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automate-your-canvas-tests-in-your-devops-pipeline/
* Make your Power Virtual Agents bot start the conversation automatically – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/make-your-power-virtual-agents-bot-start-the-conversation-using-a-custom-canvas/
* I love it! DigitalOps is now a term (as is hyperautomation) and the Power Platform helps you do them – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/digitally-transform-your-enterprise-with-microsoft-power-automate/
* Slick tutorial for how to call custom code within your Canvas Power App – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/calling-azure-ad-protected-azure-functions-using-a-custom-connector/
* Hands-on Lab to guide you through your first Power Virtual Agent build – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-availability-of-microsoft-power-virtual-agents-in-a-day/
* Google connectors are changing on May 1 – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/upcoming-changes-to-the-gmail-connector/
* Reminder to sign up for Business Applications Summit, coming up May 6-7 before our next show. If you’ve signed up, sessions are starting to drop in at https://mymbas.microsoft.com/sessions

What’s New in CE:

* North American orgs get the 2020 H1 Release code this weekend, but you have to opt in to turn in on.

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* BC April Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features
* What’s New or Changed in Commerce 10.0.11 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-11
* What’s New in HR – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-04-13

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Platform Updates for 10.0.11 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-update-35
* Supply Chain 10.0.11 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-11
* Finance 10.0.11 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-11
* AI, IOT, and Mixed Reality with F&SC – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/04/08/reduce-supply-chain-disruptions-with-ai-iot-and-mixed-reality/
* Dual Write Fast Track Tech Talk – https://learning.eventbuilder.com/event/19081

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.15638 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update156
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.15943 (1H2020 release) –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update159
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.3.2.3, then to 2.3.3.12
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.20013.1010
* Sales Insights to 9.0.1.7095
* Omnichannel Chat Pack to 1.5.5.2147
* Omnichannel Productivity Tools to 9.2.1.487
* Dynamics Portals to 9.2.2003.2
* CafeX Live Assist to 3.5.1.0
* Enterprise Sales Application to 9.0.2003.4020

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-04-10


Show Notes

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Major Updates timeline for Business Central – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/administration/update-rollout-timelime
* Business Central Update 15.4 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/whatsnew/whatsnew-update-15-4
* What’s new in BC – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features
* Business Central Performance Page – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/performance/performance-overview
* What’s new in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-03-19; https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-03-24; https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-04-03
* New Documentation for Benefits Management – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-benefits-management-overview
* What’s new in Commerce – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-10
* Upcoming changes to the Retails SDK – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/dev-itpro/upcomingsdkchanges

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Dual Write is now GA – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/03/27/dual-write-automates-data-flow-between-dynamics-365-applications-and-common-data-service/
* AX to D365 Migration Program – https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/migration-program/
* What’s new in Supply Chain Update 10.0.10 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-10
* What’s new in LCS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/lifecycle-services/whats-new-lcs
* Cross App updates for F&SC- https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/finance-operations-crossapp-capabilities/planned-features
* Project Operations Preview – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-project-operations/planned-features
* Dual Write Sync with Pricing Engine – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/data-entities/dual-write/pricing-engine

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Model-Driven App makers will love “Command Checker” for exposing what’s going on in the command bar (ribbon) (just add “&ribbondebug=true” to the end of your URLs) – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-command-checker-for-model-app-ribbons/
* UI Flows mature – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/advanced-error-handling-and-control-logic-for-ui-flows/
* Click the link in the referenced blog post from your phone or tablet to get the beta mobile Power Apps player that plays both Canvas and Model-Driven Apps (but not Dynamics 365 ones) – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-public-preview-of-new-power-apps-mobile-app-that-runs-both-canvas-and-model-driven-apps/
* Build MR capable Power Apps soon (probably in May)! – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-mixed-reality-in-power-apps/
* AI Builder gets major upgrades – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-april-release-updates/
* PVA features released or coming soon – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-new-features-for-microsoft-power-virtual-agents/
* Power Apps features released or coming soon – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-april-updates-are-out-now/
* Teams context variables in Power Apps – give your embedded apps context of where they are to display relevant content immediately – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deeply-integrate-your-apps-in-microsoft-teams-with-context-variables/
* CDS Web API innererror property will be removed in May 2020 – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/web-api-innererror-property-will-be-removed/
* Make a Business Process Flow work in Canvas Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/using-business-process-flows-in-a-canvas-app/
* Slick Power App to manage all your Flows – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/managing-power-automate-flows-from-a-central-location
* Best Practices for monitoring Canvas Apps using Admin Center Analytics – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-canvas-driven-apps—power-apps-analytics

What’s New in CE:

* Unified Interface gets parity with web client on filtering lookups – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/lookup-filtering-enhancements-in-unified-interface/
* How to use the new in-app Unified Interface Settings widget in your custom apps – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/03/30/simplified-system-configuration-in-dynamics-365-sales/
* Major update coming soon to Guides CDS Solution – An update to the Dynamics 365 Guides Common Data Service solution will be released on April 28, 2020.  This update includes a foundational change to the Dynamics 365 Guides data model that will enable new features in upcoming releases of the PC and HoloLens apps.

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.15060 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update150
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0000.15340 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update153
* Guides to 300.0.5.127
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.2.4.1 then to 2.3.1.10
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.20013.1009
* Power Apps Checker to 1.2.0.16
* Dynamics 365 Sales App to 9.0.2003.2021
* Sales Insights to 9.0.1.7089
* Dynamics 365 for Talent to 6.217.12

Featured Content (Links from Teams & Dynamics Segment):

* Collaboration Experience with Teams integration: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/teams-integration/teams-collaboration
* Overview of Dynamics 365 assistant application for Teams: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/ai/sales/overview-dynamics-365-assistant-app-teams
* Setup the Dynamics 365 Bot: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/teams-integration/teams-install-app
* Microsoft Teams bot + Dynamics 365 (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avQ3FmM6lwg&feature=youtu.be
* Dynamics 365 for Sales Teams Integration demo | Business Applications April 2019 Release (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0DaRzZDAPc&feature=youtu.be
* Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams Integration (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcrF48ncijQ&feature=youtu.be

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-03-27


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* 6 AI Models in AI Builder will soon be production-ready (you’ll need to redo models using Form Processing and Object Detection also) – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-models-becoming-generally-available-in-april/
* Great advice for working with Time Zones in Common Data Service – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/working-with-time-zones-in-the-common-data-service/
* File attachments now allowed in Approval Flows – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/file-attachments-in-approval-flows/
* Where did my Flow go? (tip – still move them when finished from default solution to your custom solution) – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bots-can-use-power-automate-flows-created-from-power-virtual-agents-right-away/
* Instructions for how to merge Power Query Online queries to load data from multiple sources into one table in CDS or folder in your data lake – https://carinaclaesson.com/2020/03/19/combining-information-from-multiple-data-sources-with-power-platform-dataflows
* Instructions for calling an Azure Function from a CDS webhook (pretty dev focused) – https://d365demystified.com/2020/03/19/call-azure-function-from-dynamics-365-crm-using-webhooks
* Data Gateway Management improvements – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-gateway-management-features-on-power-platform-admin-center/
* Great review of Dos and Don’ts related to CDS – https://jukkaniiranen.com/2020/03/cds-faq-for-the-power-apps-makers/
* Healthcare emergency response solution – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/emergency-response-solution-a-microsoft-power-platform-solution-for-healthcare-emergency-response/

What’s New in CE:

* Nice workaround for having multiple entities resolving around a tracked email – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/custom-email-address-pcf-control-for-model-drive-apps
* Do your users get confused when filling out a lookup field and the system navigates to the record they click instead of just selecting it? Here’s how you can prevent the system from navigating with a little JavaScript – https://debajmecrm.com/2020/03/17/clicking-on-lookup-value-navigating-you-to-a-different-page-well-no-more-control-this-behavior-with-the-new-addonlookuptagclick-function-in-2020-release-preview-1
* Dynamics 365 updates won’t be mandatory until May or June (also mandatory migration to UCI is pushed to end of calendar year) (US expected to get the update on May 22 after 6pm PDT) – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/03/23/our-commitment-to-customers-to-help-ensure-business-continuity/
* Nice smattering of learning resources to better understand our Biz Apps platforms – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/03/25/understanding-dynamics-365-for-it-architecture-integration-and-more/
* Outlook COM add-in will no longer be supported after 10-1-2020! Move to App for Outlook soon – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-future-of-outlook-integration-for-dynamics-365-and-power-apps-customers/
* Dynamics 365 Market Insights Preview to be discontinued by May 11, 2020 – instead, use Bing Industry Updates: https://newspro.microsoft.com/baw/homepage
* Special Customer Service Hub Update for Analytics coming soon – https://community.dynamics.com/365/aicustomerservice/f/dynamics-365-customer-service-insights/384273/update-new-solutions-in-april-release-for-customer-service-insights-analytics

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Business Central Update 15.4 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/whatsnew/whatsnew-update-15-4
* What’s new in BC – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features
* Major Updates timeline for Business Central – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/administration/update-rollout-timelime
* Business Central Performance Page – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/performance/performance-overview
* What’s new in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-03-19
* Upcoming changes to the Retail SDK – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/dev-itpro/upcomingsdkchanges

What’s New in F&SCM:

* AX to D365 Migration Program – https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/migration-program/
* What’s new in Supply Chain Update 10.0.10 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-10
* What’s new in LCS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/lifecycle-services/whats-new-lcs
* Dual Write Sync with Pricing Engine – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/data-entities/dual-write/pricing-engine

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.14448 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update144
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.14755 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update147
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.2.2.1, then to 2.2.3.5
* Dynamics 365 Sales App to 9.0.2002.2022, then to 9.0.2002.4025
* Field Service to 8.8.11.19
* Project Service to 3.10.7.32
* Dynamics 365 Electronic Medical Records to 2.2.3.0
* Forms Pro to 1.23.0.0
* Power Apps Checker Base to 1.2.0.6, then to 1.2.0.8
* Sales Insights to 9.0.1.7087

Featured Content:

* DFF Special Edition in a fortnight (April 10, 2020 episode) – we’ll do the
normal show for the first half hour, then transition for an extra half hour immediately following to highlight what’s possible for remote workers with Dynamics and Teams to help keep us all as productive as possible as we shelter in place.

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-03-13


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* UI Flows in Power Automate will go live both in attended and unattended modes on April 2 –
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-power-automate-adds-robotic-process-automation-in-april/
* Recent Improvements in UI Flows –
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-ui-flows-february-2020-update-is-now-available/
* Crisis Communication and Free Push Notifications for a limited time –
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/crisis-communication-a-power-platform-template/
* Recordings from 24-hour Power Platform Online Conference –
https://365.training/Courses/Detail/Power242020
* Getting Started guidance for PCF creation (developer-centric) –
https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/test
* UI Flows can now work with machines that are only AAD joined –
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/unattended-robotic-process-automation-and-aad-support-now-available-in-ui-flows-preview/
* Good guidance if you want to build a Crisis FAQ bot using Power Virtual Agents – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/building-a-crisis-faq-bot-using-power-virtual-agents/
* Retention tips and tricks of your Power Virtual Agent conversation
transcripts – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/view-export-and-manage-retention-time-of-your-bot-conversation-transcripts/
* Model-driven App Sharing update – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sharing-made-easy-for-model-driven-apps/

What’s New in CE:

* Create an API to allow consumption of your Customer Service Insights AI info in other places – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/03/04/derive-actionable-insights-from-your-customer-service-data/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Commerce version update 10.0.10 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-10
* Business Central Update 15.3 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/whatsnew/whatsnew-update-15-3
* What’s New or Planned in BC – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2019wave2/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features
* The latest updates for Human Resource – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-03-03
* HR Part 2 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-03-10

What’s New in F&SC:

* Platform Update 34 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-update-34
* What’s new in Finance version 10.0.10 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-10

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.13841 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update138
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.14134 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update141
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.1.4.5, then to 2.2.1.6
* Dynamics for Marketing to 1.35.10059.1039
* Talent to 6.217.11
* Customer Insights Customer Card Add-in to 0.7.7
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.19122.1013
* Dynamics Sales App to 9.0.2001.4017

How do I operationalize things:

* Fix for Kanban views of Opportunities when Project Service is installed is known and making its way through the deployment pattern now. It should reach North American tenants on the weekend of 3/27.
* How to add input fields to a web-based UI Flow (to pass in parameters needed for the UI Flow to work properly)

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-02-28


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Overview of many updates in Preview in Model-Driven Power Apps to try out –https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/try-out-the-power-apps-april-release-wave-updates/
* Power BI Pro gets support for incremental refresh – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/incremental-refresh-is-generally-available/
* AI Builder now makes it easier to train on object detection and get more data when scanning business cards – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-february-update/
* New analytics in Power Virtual Agent to help inform you on usage/billing – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/see-how-many-billed-sessions-your-bot-consumes/
* Power Apps gets Components, PCFs, and a nifty Component Library all in Public Preview (instead of experimental) – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-public-preview-of-canvas-components-and-power-apps-component-framework/
* Open Source Gallery of Canvas App Components –
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Canvas-Apps-Components-Samples/bd-p/ComponentsGallery
* PCF Open Source Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/developer/component-framework/community-resources

What’s New in CE:

* Announcement of upcoming unified offering to handle all aspects of working with Projects as an organization – Dynamics 365 Project Operations – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/02/20/introducing-microsoft-dynamics-365-project-operations/
* Overview of lots of improvements coming in just weeks from James Phillips – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/02/19/new-ai-features-connect-and-extend-insights-across-the-organization/
* Track activities in Dynamics 365 Sales automatically, including the regarding record with Premium Auto Capture – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/02/20/automate-activity-capture-with-ai-in-dynamics-365-sales-insights/
* Check out all the new Power Platform Connectors – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/now-more-than-300-connectors-and-other-updates/
* New white paper detailing how to build enterprise grade automations – https://clouddamcdnprodep.azureedge.net/gdc/gdc5fzAoK/original
* Part 10 of the App for Outlook technical series covering delegate scenarios – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/dynamics-365-app-for-outlook-part-10—delegation

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* What’s New in Human Resources –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-02-18
* New Administrator’s Guide documentation for Human Resources –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-admin-overview
* Business Central 2020 Release Plan Landing Page –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-business-central/

What’s New in F&O:

* Updates in Dual Write – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/data-entities/dual-write/dual-write-overview
* What’s New or Changed in Supply Chain –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-9
* What’s new in LCS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/lifecycle-services/whats-new-lcs
* AI Infused Finance – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/02/26/improve-efficiency-and-quality-with-ai-infused-finance-processes/
* Deprecated Features – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/removed-deprecated-features-platform-updates
* Planned Features for F&O Wave 1 2020 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-supply-chain-management/planned-features

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.13230 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update132
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.13533 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update135
* Field Service to 8.8.10.85
* Project Service to 3.10.6.34
* SLA Anchor to 9.0.19122.1005
* Sales Insights to 9.0.1.7084
* Adobe Sign to 9.1.0.5
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.1.3.7
* Flow Extensions to 1.1.7.0
* Guides to 300.0.4.139

How do I operationalize things:

* How to enable Kanban Views in CE environments with the Wave 1 ’20 Preview enabled – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/sales-enterprise/add-kanban-control

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-02-14


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Microsoft just made it easy to log telemetry from your canvas Power Apps using Azure Application Insights – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/log-telemetry-for-your-apps-using-azure-application-insights/
* More images per entity now in CDS and in Power Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/public-preview-of-multiple-image-attributes-in-power-apps/
* Improvements coming to Power Platform custom connectors – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/optimizing-connectors-through-enhanced-built-in-validations/
* See some nice updates to AI Builder making it easier to use filtered data and data from related entities – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-prediction-now-supports-related-entities-and-filtering/
* Center of Excellence Toolkit was updated again this week. The Automations have been improved considerably. There’s more work being done to improve theModel-Driven App data collection.
* Power Automate goodness – tips for using child Flows – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/helpful-tips-for-using-child-flows/
* New Power Virtual Agents connector allows you to easily build Power Automate Flows for your agent – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/use-power-virtual-agents-connector-to-build-power-automate-flows-for-your-bot/

What’s New in CE:

* Enable 2020 Wave 1 Preview on a testing environment – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/opt-in-early-access-updates
* On Model-Driven Power Apps, with the 2020 Wave 1 Preview enabled, you’ll now see “Save” and “Save and Close” always available in the command bar on edit forms – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/save-is-always-visible-in-the-command-bar-on-edit-forms/
* If you use Dynamics Marketing, read this to secure your domains – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/02/06/authenticate-dynamics-365-marketing-domains-by-april-2020/
* If you have older OSes on machines talking to CE, pay attention to this notification – https://dffstorage.blob.core.windows.net/content/D365_Cipher_Deprecations.pdf

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Changes to Learn – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/dynamics365/
* Changes to Partner Source – https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/
* Human Resources documentation – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/
* What’s new in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-02-03 and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-02-07
* Leave and Absence in preview for Human Resources – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/02/06/improve-the-leave-and-absence-experience-across-the-organization/
* Benefits in preview for Human Resources – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/02/04/preview-new-benefits-capabilities-for-dynamics-365-human-resources/

* What’s new or changed in Commerce – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-10-0-9
* Dynamics 365 Commerce officially released – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/02/03/deliver-smarter-connected-retail-experiences-with-dynamics-365-commerce/

What’s New in F&O:

* Application 10.0.9 update 33 now ready for preview – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-update-33 and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/finance-operations-crossapp-capabilities/planned-features

* Documentation for Grid Features (Demonstrated last show) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/fin-ops/get-started/grid-capabilities
* What’s new in Finance 10.0.9 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-9
* What’s new in Supply chain 10.0.9 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-9

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.12629 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update126
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.12935 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update129
* Adobe Sign to 9.0.0.4
* Power Apps Checker to 1.1.1.24
* Field Service to 8.8.9.250
* Channel Integration Framework to 9.1.0.370
* Marketing to 1.35.10058.1075 (do this in Applications, not Solutions)
* Service Level Agreement Anchor to 9.0.19122.1005
* LinkedIn Sales Navigator to 3.0.1.350

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-01-31


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Power Automate makes it much more intuitive to format numbers with this new control – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/simplified-number-formatting/
* Make a Power Virtual Agent understand how to respond based on an FAQ page already on the web – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automatically-generate-bot-content-from-faq-pages/
* While it will still be challenging for true citizen developers to use, it’s
great to see the SAP ERP connector finally light up in Power Platform –
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-the-sap-erp-connector/
* Microsoft Power Virtual Agent configuration to help it understand user
questions better – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/smart-entity-extraction-and-proactive-slot-filling/
* Automated testing comes to Canvas PowerApps –
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-test-studio-to-build-end-to-end-tests-and-maintain-your-app-quality/
* Canvas PowerApps Stream videos control –
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-stream-videos-and-channels-in-canvas-apps/
* Power Automate UI Flows Improvements – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-ui-flows-january-2020-update-is-now-available/
* AI Builder models get easier to use in Power Automate –
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-simplified-ai-builder-experience-in-power-automate/

What’s New in CE:

* Preview of Premium Auto Capture in Sales is now available, at least in some orgs, if you have Sales Insights enabled. Adds more activities to capture, the ability to capture Contacts, and a unified place to look at all the suggestions – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/ai/sales/premium-auto-capture

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* What’s New in Talent – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/talent/whats-new-talent-january-21-2020

* D365 account protection and loss prevention –
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/01/14/introducing-dynamics-365-account-protection-and-loss-prevention/
* What’s new in Retail February 2020 Update 10.0.8 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/retail/get-started/whats-new-10-0-8
* GP to BC Migration – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/ui-extensions-dynamicsgp-data-migration

What’s New in F&O:

* Platform Update 32 available to all customers – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-update-32
* What’s new or changed in Dynamics 365 Finance version 10.0.8 (February 2020) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-8
* What’s new or changed in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management 10.0.8 (February 2020) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-8

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.11732 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update117
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.12056 (should allow preview features to be enabled if desired) –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update120
* AI Solution Anchor to 1.12.2.6 then 1.12.3.10 then 1.12.4.1
* Enterprise Sales App to 9.0.1912.1007
* Field Service to 8.8.9.84
* Forms Pro to 1.20.0.0
* Project Service to 3.10.5.28
* Enterprise Sales App to 9.0.1912.3031
* Sales Insights to 9.0.1.7083
* Omni-Channel Chat to 1.5.5.910 (update it from the applications tab, though)
* Omni-Channel SMS to 1.5.5.818 (update it from the applications tab, though)

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-01-17


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* The New Flow Community Cookbook is here. Contribute your assets to the broader community! – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-new-flow-cookbook-is-here/
* Power Automate with Adaptive Cards brings responsive data capture scenarios to life in Teams – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-adaptive-cards-introduces-business-form-scenarios-on-microsoft-teams/
* Webinar coming up shortly after the show talking about Power Virtual Agent integration with BOT Framework skills – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/jan-17-webinar-integrating-bot-framework-skills-with-power-virtual-agents/
* Love seeing continued updates to the Power Platform Center of Excellence Starter Kit – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/update-to-the-power-platform-center-of-excellence-starter-kit/
* Self-Service Purchase capabilities turns on Tuesday, Jan 28. Reminder, if you have a need to disable it, you can with https://aka.ms/allowselfservicepurchase-powershell
* Second Reminder – Release Notes for 2020 should be posted here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/release-plans/#pivot=products&panel=products1  on or around Monday, Jan 27, 2020.

What’s New in CE:

* Tip for very efficient way to display related information about a record – https://www.inogic.com/blog/2020/01/how-to-use-enhanced-reference-panel-in-uci-for-rendering-multiple-sub-grids/

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.11139 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update111
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.11437 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update114
* Field Service to 8.8.8.135
* Project Service to 3.10.4.21
* Dynamics 365 Electronic Medical Records to 2.1.3.0
* AI Solution Anchor to 1.11.1.2 then 1.11.1.3
* Environment Variables to 1.0.2.7
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.19122.1010

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