Power Platform: 2019 release wave 2 plan

Download the 2019 release wave 2 PDF (last updated October 29, 2019)

The Power Platform release plan (formerly release notes) for the 2019 release wave 2 describes all new features releasing from October 2019 through March 2020 for Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate (formerly Microsoft Flow), AI Builder, Power Virtual Agents (formerly Dynamics 365 Virtual Agent for Customer Service) and Common Data Model and Data Integration. You can either browse the release plan online or download the document as a PDF file.

New for wave 2: The Dynamics 365 features coming in the 2019 release wave 2 have been summarized in a separate release plan.

2019 release wave 2 overview

The Microsoft Power Platform enables users and organizations to analyze, act, and automate on the data to digitally transform their businesses. The Power Platform today is comprised of three products – Power BI, Power Apps, and Power Automate.

For Power Apps, this release wave includes major improvements to enable app makers to build higher-quality apps more easily while still supporting more advanced enterprise and administrator requirements. Improvements in Power Apps focus not only on introducing capabilities but also on simplifying existing concepts to improve maker and end-user productivity in Power Apps and Dynamics 365 apps built upon the Unified Interface.

Power Apps makers can now create a powerful new type of experience called Power Apps Portals, which are web portals that surface data stored in Common Data Service to employees or users outside their organizations.

Power Automate (formerly Microsoft Flow) is introducing smarter and more powerful experiences in three key areas. Flow makers get smarter and more powerful experiences. Users of flows can leverage world-class business process capabilities, including working with business processes offline. Finally, there is now much richer tooling for administrators, such as PowerShell cmdlets and the new Power Platform Admin center.

Starting in November 2019, we are introducing UI flows. With the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capabilities in UI flows, you can automate tasks that don't have available APIs or connectors by recording mouse clicks, keyboard use, data entry.

AI Builder is a brand-new Power Platform capability for teams with the business expertise to easily automate processes and predict outcomes to improve business performance. AI Builder is a turnkey solution that brings the power of Microsoft AI through a point-and-click experience and is directly integrated into Power Apps and Power Automate.

Power BI simplifies how organizations derive insights from transactional and observational data. It helps organizations create a data culture where employees can make decisions based on facts, not opinions. For the upcoming release, Power BI is investing in four key areas that drive a data culture: intuitive experiences, a unified BI platform, big data analytics, and pervasive artificial intelligence (AI).

Data integration provides built-in connectivity to the Power Platform and more, with data across hundreds of business systems, enabling rich and intelligent experiences. The Common Data Model provides semantic consistency for canonical business entities across Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, increasing value and saving time for application developers, ISV partners, and integrators.

New addition to the Power Platform

Starting in November 2019, we are introducing Power Virtual Agents (formerly Dynamics 365 Virtual Agent for Customer Service) as part of Power Platform.

Key dates for the 2019 release wave 2

This release plan describes functionality that may not have been released yet. Delivery timelines and projected functionality may change or may not ship (see Microsoft policy).

Here are the key dates for the 2019 release wave 2.

Milestone Date Description
Release plans available June 10, 2019 Learn about the new capabilities coming in the 2019 release wave 2 (October 2019 – March 2020) across Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.
Release plans available in additional 11 languages July 8, 2019 The Dynamics 365 and Power Platform release plans are published in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, and Swedish.
Early access available August 2, 2019 Try and validate the new features and capabilities that will be a part of the 2019 release wave 2, October update, before they get enabled automatically for your users.
General availability October 1, 2019 Production deployment for the 2019 release wave 2 begins. Specific deployment dates for each country or region or instance will be communicated in advance.

We are listening: New for 2019 release wave 2

In the April ’19 release, we heard feedback that it was not clear which features were turned on automatically and when exactly each feature would be delivered. To address this, we specify when each feature will be available. In addition, we call out how each feature is enabled:

  • Users, automatically – These features include change(s) to the user experience for users and are enabled automatically.
  • Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically – These features are meant to be used by administrators, makers, or business analysts and are enabled automatically.
  • Users by admins, makers, or analysts – These features must be enabled or configured by the administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users.

You can get ready with confidence knowing which features will be enabled automatically.

We’ve done this work to help you — our partners, customers, and users — drive the digital transformation of your business on your terms. We’re looking forward to engaging with you as you put these new services and capabilities to work, and we’re eager to hear your feedback as you dig into the 2019 release wave 2.

Let us know your thoughts. Share your feedback on the Power Platform community forum. We will use your feedback to make improvements.