It’s almost Spring, and that means that the next D365 Release is right around the corner! Many of these features are available now as a preview, but the majority will be generally available on April 1, 2022.
When a release like this comes out, it’s important to look at what impacts your current deployment, as well as what may impact new features on your roadmap. Let’s take a look at some of the Power Apps features we are keeping an eye on.
Model-driven app in-app notifications
In-app notifications in model-driven apps are directed to a specific user and can be sent through external systems, Power Automate, or from within the system.
This could be a replacement for the use of some Tasks or Lists on a Dashboard where more instant notification of something actionable is required.
Power Apps grid control support for editable scenarios
In the 2021 Release Wave 2, the Power Apps read-only grid control was introduced, with a more modern UI and some productivity and performance enhancements. It was said that it would be the foundation for more improvements in this area.
With this new control building on what was released last year, the two main changes added are:
- Infinite scrolling: Users no longer need to page to see more records.
- Inline editing within views and subgrids: Editable grid functionality comes to the Power Apps grid control
Power Apps read-only grid control is the default grid for read-only scenarios
Taking the introduction of the Power Apps grid control in 2021 release wave 2 a step further, this will now be the default read-only grid experience within model-driven apps in 2022 release wave 1. This is applicable to both grids inside view pages, as well as sub grids in forms.
Easy record sharing
With this one, we are welcoming back an old friend that has been away on vacation for quite some time. A new Share button, with options for Email or Copy link, is now available. Currently only available on Account, Case, Opportunity, and Contact tables
New activity dropdown to show only relevant activities
Activity entities that are not included in the model-driven app metadata do not show in the New Activity drop-down any longer.
Modern Advanced Find
This is a change that many have been expecting since the introduction of the Unified Interface and introduction of the Power Platform Admin Portal. The stage was set in 2021 when enhancements were made to modify and create new views in model-driven apps. 2022 Release Wave 1 builds upon this, and starts to add more to this that was only available in advanced find previously.
Modern advanced find provides the following benefits:
- Explore any table in a model-driven app through structured search and filters. Edit columns and filter data to construct views that help you apply the right lens on your data easily.
- Choosing the right view to access is easier with the latest enhancement to view selector having the ability for you to search for a view.
- Managing views is simpler with personalization options to build your own set of views, hide views, and order them differently. Your personalized view list travels with you across all apps and all devices, online and offline.
- Collaborate with your team by sharing views easily and managing the views shared to you.
What’s particularly interesting to keep an eye on here is that these capabilities will replace the legacy advanced find experience.
Advanced find entry point through search.
Advanced find table picker.
Enhanced view selector.
Create and join Teams meetings from in-app appointments
Add Teams meetings or join a Teams meeting in an appointment or timeline control within your model-driven app.
Keep an eye on our blog for more posts where we will go more in-depth on these features and more in the coming months.
To read more on any of the topics above, or to familiarize yourself with topics we didn’t cover, you can see the full Microsoft plan here.