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April 2019 release notes out now for Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Platform

by Jason Gumpert

Microsoft's newest business applications release notes document is out now as a PDF or online, to be followed with feature previews starting in February 2019 and a virtual launch event and general availability beginning in early April.

The documentation promises hundreds of new capabilities to the business applications lineup, including the launch of the Layout and Remote Assist augmented reality apps, significant improvements to the Power Platform (now with a capital 'P' in Platform) including "more advanced enterprise and administrator requirements", and a broad range of application-specific enhancements and features.

In introducing the new wave of updates, Microsoft noted the data integration capabilities of the business applications suite, with the Common Data Model as a basis for "semantic consistency" for application developers.

For a rough estimate of scope, the newest release notes are 314 pages, a gain of about 20 over the October 2018 document. Microsoft customers and partners will want to review the list of GA and preview features in depth, but what follows is a selection of some notable details from applications and services across the suite. Notably missing here is Finance and Operations. Given the breadth of different types of updates D365FO will introduce, it deserves its own review of newly launched updates like CDS integration for entities, availability of data residency in China and new localizations.

Dynamics 365 for Marketing

Dynamics 365 for Marketing will offer new public previews of features that include mixed reality content and website personalization. Personalization will use attributes of past behavior to tailor the layout, content, and branding of a landing page, for example. And mixed reality will offer a range of experiences that suit the needs of particular types of goods and services, as the guide explains:

[M]arketers can add mixed reality content to their emails and marketing pages. Recipients can open such content on desktop browsers for a rich 3D experience, or on mobile devices for augmented reality, or on mixed reality headsets for a complete mixed reality experience. This would be especially powerful for products that typically need much more of a touch-and-feel experience—luxury goods, for example.

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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