Microsoft made available today its 315 pages of release notes for its Dynamics 365 April '19 update, outlining new features it will roll out for its ERP, CRM, Mixed Reality and Power Platform between April and September 2019. The notes mention "hundreds of new capabilities" across the various Dynamics 365 modules, with a special focus on those features Microsoft labels as "artificial intelligence." The preview of the first of these April '19 capabilities will be available on February 1, 2019. On February 21, Microsoft officials are planning to update the release notes with Project Service Automation and other so-far-undisclosed "additional apps and capabilities." On April 5, the April '19 update will be availbale to customers for production deployment.
In mid-July, Microsoft made available its release plans for the 2021 Wave 2 set of features coming to Dynamics 365 ERP/CRM and the Power Platform. Today, August 2, Microsoft is releasing a number of the Wave 2 features in "early access" form, ahead of the start of their rollout on October 1 and continuing into March 2022. Microsoft is adding "hundreds" of new features to its Dynamics modules in Wave 2, including Finance and Operations, Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Commerce, Business Central, Field Service, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, Connected Store, Customer Insights, Customer Voice and Project Operations. It also is adding some additional features to some of its Industry Clouds, including the Cloud for Healthcare and Cloud for Nonprofits and Cloud for Financial Services as part of Wave 2. And as part of this wave of features, Microsoft is adding more to Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents and AI Builder, as well. Most of these new features appear to be incremental (to my amateur eye).
Today at Microsoft Business Forward in Paris, France we connected with hundreds of global business leaders to share our vision for Microsoft Business Applications. In addition, I had the privilege to unveil new Dynamics 365 AI and mixed reality applications, and new solutions to help businesses unlock deeper insights from data across their organizations. The new capabilities we introduce biannually in our October and April releases advance our commitment to remove barriers to innovation and operational excellence; a vision reinforced by amazing stories of companies evolving their business as usual. ExxonMobil is a great example. This week, we announced that the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company has deployed Dynamics 365 to help improve operations in one of the world's most important oil-producing regions.
This week marks the fifth anniversary of Microsoft Dynamics 365's launch. Dynamics has evolved considerably over that time via a long branding, pricing, and packaging road to become the expanding set of modules that handle CRM and ERP tasks that it is today. At its Ignite IT Pro show this week, Microsoft is making several Dynamics 365 and Power Platform announcements. Unsurprisingly, given Dynamics' history, several of these involve yet more changes to product bundles and names. Dynamics 365 Connected Store, a service for making retail spaces more efficient, is now going to be known as Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces.
As it does each year, Microsoft's Dynamics and Power Platform teams are releasing documents outlining new features coming in the first of two waves for the year. On January 25, Microsoft published the 2022 Release Wave 1 documentation for these products, as well as for its vertical Industry Clouds. Wave 1 covers the period from April 2022 to September 2022. Officials documented the "hundreds" of new features coming via downloadable PDFs. The 412-page downloadable PDF for Wave 1 features for Dynamics 365 and the Industry Clouds is here.