This post explains about Power Platform 2019 Release Wave 2 plan. The release plan for the 2019 release wave 2 describes all new features releasing from October 2019 through March 2020 for Power Platform (PowerApps, Power BI, and Microsoft Flow). New for wave 2: The Dynamics 365 features coming in the 2019 release wave 2 have been summarized in a separate release plan.
Power Platform 2019 Release Wave 2 overview
The Microsoft Power Platform allows the users and companies to analyze, act, and automate on the data to digitally transform their businesses. The Power Platform today is comprised of three products – Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow.
For PowerApps, this release wave includes major improvements to enable app makers to build higher-quality applications more easily while still helping more advanced enterprise and administrator requirements. Improvements in PowerApps focus not only on introducing capabilities but also on simplifying existing concepts to improve maker and end-user productivity in PowerApps and Dynamics 365 apps built upon the Unified Interface.
PowerApps makers can now create a powerful new type of experience called PowerApps Portals, which are web portals that surface data stored in Common Data Service to employees or users outside their organizations.
Microsoft Flow is introducing smarter and more powerful experiences in three key areas. Flow makers get smarter and more powerful experiences. End-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.
AI Builder (preview) is a brand-new Power Platform capability for teams with the business expertise to easily automate methods and predict the outcomes to improve the 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 PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
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 offers the built-in connectivity to the Microsoft Power Platform and more, with data across many business systems, enabling rich and intelligent experiences. The Common Data Model gives consistency for the canonical business entities across Dynamics 365 and the Common Data Service, boosting the value and saving time for application developers, ISV partners, and integrators.
This release plan describes functionality that may not have been released yet. Delivery timelines and projected functionality may change or may not ship.
New for Power Platform 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 each feature would be delivered. To address this, we mention when each feature will be available. In addition, we call out how each feature is enabled:
- End users, automatically – These features include change(s) to the user experience for end-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.
- End-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 end-users.
You can get ready with confidence knowing which features will be enabled automatically.