Overview of Dynamics 365 Portal April '19 release

Note

These release notes describe functionality that may not have been released yet. To see when this functionality is planned to release, please review What’s new and planned for Dynamics 365 Portal. Delivery timelines and projected functionality may change or may not ship (see Microsoft policy).

Dynamics 365 Portal enables organizations to easily extend entities, features, and functions of Dynamics 365 to external audiences like customers and partners. As part of the October '18 release, we embarked on a journey to make Dynamics 365 Portal an external customer-facing platform for all Dynamics 365 applications.

The April '19 release would be a step toward realizing that vision, where we continue to:

  • Drive improvements in fundamentals.
  • Invest in integration with other Microsoft services.
  • Provide new extensibility patterns to enhance capabilities.
  • And most importantly, extend Power Platform to external users.

Fundamentals

The Portal self-service diagnostic tool, released in the October '18 wave, would be enhanced to detect and troubleshoot additional scenarios like identifying incorrect site markers, issues with data visibility due to incorrect entity permissions, and so on.

We will also be launching a new maintenance mode capability in Portal to allow organizations to display maintenance messages on the portal.

Integration

Building on Power BI integration launched during the October '18 wave, we will be enhancing it to support Power BI Embedded capabilities.

Extensibility

A recurring theme among our customers is the need to access data storied in external line-of-business applications. With the enhancements in this release, Portal users can now access data stored in external applications by using client-side API calls secured via OAuth Implicit Grant Type flow.

Extend Power Platform

One of the key promises of Portal is to extend your business processes to external users. With the enhancements in this release, organizations using Common Data Service (CDS) for Apps would be able to connect a portal to their CDS for Apps organization.