Effective January 16, 2019, Microsoft Social Engagement will no longer be included as part of any Microsoft Dynamics 365 license entitlement for new customers. Current customers with license entitlements to Microsoft Social Engagement will continue to be able to access the service and add any additional social post capacity as needed, until the earlier of these dates: the expiration of your subscription or January 16, 2020. Effective January 16, 2020, Microsoft Social Engagement will be discontinued for all Dynamics 365 customers.
For further information about the Microsoft Social Engagement service discontinuation, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/customer-engagement/social-engagement/eol/discontinuation-faq.
Microsoft has published the April 2019 Release Notes that describe the new features for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform that will be released between April and September 2019.
The April 2019 release includes hundreds of new enhancements and capabilities across Dynamics 365 applications including Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Portals, Field Service, Project Service Automation, Finance and Operations, Talent, Retail, and Business Central. Microsoft is also adding a new set of mixed reality experiences using Microsoft Layout and Microsoft Remote Assist.
New Power Platform capabilities combine Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and the Common Data Service into an unmatched palette of tools to extend, customize, and integrate Dynamics 365 and Office 365 into your environment. The April 2019 release provides major improvements to build higher-quality reports, apps, and workflows more easily, while still supporting more advanced enterprise and administrator requirements.
For more information about the Dynamics 365 & Power Platform April 2019 Release, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/2019/01/21/april-19-release-notes-for-dynamics-365-and-power-platform-now-available/.
Under the following link you can download the April 2019 Release Notes: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/index.
Microsoft announced the availability of the following Microsoft Dynamics 365 Step-up licenses in the programs Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), Worldwide Government Partner, Enrollment for Education Solutions and School:
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 Step-up licenses from Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Plan
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 Step-up licenses from Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Enterprise
Microsoft announced that the update schedule for all of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 products will soon be on a twice-yearly schedule with updates in April and October. Customers using Customer Engagement applications must have updated to the latest version of the apps by January, 31st 2019, and Finance and Operations customers by March, 31st 2019. After that date, only the latest version of the Online Services will be supported. There’s no action for Business Central and the Talent app customers as these products are already on this new update schedule.
For more information on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Update Policies, please visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/get-started/faq-update-policy.
Microsoft announced that – effective November 1st, 2018 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional will be available.
There are two options for customers with existing licenses:
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales customers can purchase Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional Add-On Licenses.
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Teams customers can purchase Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional Step-Up Licenses.
Microsoft announced that – effective November 1st, 2018 – Microsoft Power Apps Plan 2 Step-up from Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Team Members Licenses are available.
- Enterprise Agreement (EA)
- Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS)
- Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA)
- Campus (Enrollment for Education Solutions)
- Worldwide Government Partner
Microsoft announced new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and mixed reality business applications for Dynamics 365. The Microsoft Dynamics 365 October 2018 Release includes AI applications to help customers with decision making and to enable them to take informed actions. The new AI apps are available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales, Customer Service and Market Insights.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Layout, mixed reality applications that use Microsoft HoloLens are also available now. Find the announcement and watch some videos of these new products in action here: https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/09/18/announcing-new-ai-and-mixed-reality-business-applications-for-microsoft-dynamics/.
Microsoft announced that Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing is now available in an additional 33 languages and is also geographically available in all current Dynamics 365 markets.
In addition, the pricing has changed so that organizations no longer have to count all the contact records in their Dynamics 365 database from a licensing perspective. Now, it’s sufficient to count just the contacts that will be engaged with via a marketing activity such as emails, events and surveys. For most organizations, this will reduce the licensing costs.
For further information about Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing Regions and Pricing, please visit: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2018/10/01/new-languages-regions-and-pricing-for-dynamics-365-for-marketing/
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional is a User Subscription License for Dynamics 365 for Sales users who need to focus on sales execution activities such as lead and opportunity management, and managing products, price lists, quotes, and orders. The existing Enterprise User Subscription License is still available and adds additional functionality such as Social Engagement and Gamification. For further information about Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional and a comparison of the plans, please visit: https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/sales/
Microsoft Dynamics Marketing is scheduled to be retired on May 15, 2018. After that date, the service will not be available. Please plan accordingly. Microsoft has already introduced the successor of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing, which is available in preview.
For further information about the retirement of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, please visit