General availability deployment

After a release cycle has been made "generally available" to users, environments are typically automatically turned on. This is so users can receive ongoing mandatory updates. These updates enable early access features, as well as the current available features that are included in a release.

Tip

Check out Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Release Plans to learn more about new features to be released in the release waves.

Throughout a release cycle, your environments are updated during one of the weekend maintenance windows. These windows are based on your environments' region. The specific dates when the updates occur are published to the Message Center.

Each notification from the Message Center includes dates, the maintenance window, and the Release Plan reference. In addition, included is a list of optimizations, fixes, and enhancements. Each environment should see the new features and build numbers by Monday morning, local time. See Policies and communications.

Note

If you have enabled the early access updates in your environments, you'll continue getting updates throughout the release wave.

If you did not opt in for the early access updates in your environments, your environment will be automatically updated to receive the new release based on the general availability deployment schedule for your region.

Deployment schedule

The general availability deployment is based on the regions where environments are created.

Regions Schedule for 2021 wave 2 general availability deployment
South America
Canada
India
France
Emirates
South Africa
Germany
Friday, October 1st to Sunday, October 3rd
Japan
Asia Pacific
Great Britain
Australia
Friday, October 8th to Sunday, October 10th
Europe Friday, October 15th to Sunday, October 17th
North America Friday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 24th
China Friday, October 29th to Sunday, October 31st
GCC
GCC High
DOD
Friday, October 29th to Sunday, October 31st
See Dynamics 365 US Government.

See also

Dynamics 365 release schedule
Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Release Plans
Policies and communications