Earlier this month, Microsoft debuted its roadmap for releasing Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Wave 2 2021 feature updates. Now the company is launching some of those features in preview “early access”. As the roadmap points out, the features will remain in preview until full launch on between October 1 and March 2022.

That is the Wave 2 cycle this year for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform updates. If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft update schedule for the platforms, it is handled into two yearly releases. These are called waves and Wave 1 happens from early in the year and Wave 2 starts later in the year, overlapping into the next year.

Ahead of full releases, Microsoft previews features from each wave. It is worth noting waves is a solid description of the updates because they comprise hundreds of changes for both platforms, some major and many minor.

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In terms of Dynamics 365 releases for Wave 2 2021, Microsoft has hundreds of changes planned. These new features will cover areas of the Dynamics module covering Customer Service, Sales, Finance, Operations, Marketing, Commerce, Field Service, Human Resources, Customer Insights, Connected Store, Project Operations, Customer Voice, Supply Chain Management and more.

New Feature Plans

There are also plans to add new features covering the growing portfolio of vertical cloud solutions, including Cloud for Nonprofits, Cloud for Healthcare, and Cloud for Financial Services. On the Power Platform side, Microsoft has changes planned for Power Apps, Power BI, Power Virtual Agents, AI Builder, and Power Automate.

It is worth remembering the majority of the new “features” will be changes most users won’t even notice. While it is easy to presume Wave releases bringing sweeping changes, that is not really the case. Still, you will find some interesting and big new features jumbled in the mix.

Some features are now rolling out in early access this week.

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