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Microsoft Power Platform: 2022 release wave 2 plan

In this video, we highlight new capabilities that will be released for the Power Platform in the 2022 Release Wave 2. These new capabilities will enhance the ability of organizations to build professional-grade apps the easy way, streamline repetitive tasks and business processes, create secure, low-code business websites, create a data-driven culture with business intelligence and easily create conversational bots.

00:00 – Introduction

1:56 – Power Apps

10:13 Power Pages

18:35 – Power BI

25:02 – Power Automate & Power Virtual Agents

37:49 — Closing

2022 release wave 2 overview

Microsoft Power Platform enables users and organizations to analyze, act on, and automate the data to digitally transform their businesses. Microsoft Power Platform today comprises four products: Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. It also has two add-ins: AI Builder and Power Pages.

Power BI

Power BI continues to invest in empowering every individual, team, and organization to drive a data culture. Creation experience is improved by aligning our experiences with Office and enabling datasets authoring on the web. By bringing Power Query diagram view into Power BI Desktop, creators can use a no code experience to perform ETL on their data. For teams, we’re bringing enhancements to Metrics focused on enterprise needs and integration with Viva Goals. In addition, big data experience is increased through automatic aggregations, query scale out, data protection capabilities through DLP and providing improved visibility into activity to admins.

Power Apps

Power Apps will expand governance capabilities to allow organizations to enable, manage, and support citizen development across the entire organization. Makers and developers of all skill levels will be more productive over Microsoft Dataverse in a unified studio, with modern experiences to build and manage data and logic, as well as infused intelligence to support development, enrich data, and optimize user experiences. In addition to ensuring trust and the ability to leverage rich data experiences, both makers and users will benefit from out-of-the-box collaboration capabilities to enable users to be more productive when working together.

Power Pages

Power Pages continues to invest in bringing more out-of-the-box capabilities to support both low-code/no-code development and professional developers. Some of the salient capabilities in this release allow makers to have additional capabilities to work with forms and lists using the design studio and get them started quickly using additional solution templates. There are enhancements for professional developers to do more with the sites using Microsoft Power Platform CLI tool and Visual Studio Code as well as for administrators to better administer and govern their Power Pages sites.

Power Automate

Power Automate is more accessible than ever with new experiences to help users of every skill level build out their cloud and desktop flows. Organizations need to automate their deployments of Power Automate, so there are additional enhancements for application lifecycle management (ALM), and with the increased usage of robotic process automation (RPA), we’re adding features to make it easier to manage machines in Azure and the credentials of your users and accounts.

Power Virtual Agents

Power Virtual Agents brings improvements in the authoring experience with commenting, Power Pages integration, data loss prevention options, proactive bot update messaging in Microsoft Teams, and more. Creating a bot is typically a complex and time-intensive process, requiring long content update cycles and a team of experts. Power Virtual Agents gives anyone in your organization the ability to create powerful custom bots using an easy, code-free graphical interface, without the need for AI experts, data scientists, or teams of developers. A bot can interact with users, ask for clarifying information, and ultimately answer a user’s questions.

Microsoft Dataverse

Microsoft Dataverse continues investment in Azure Synapse Link. Customers will be able to unlock deeper insights from Dataverse data using the power of Azure Synapse. Deeper integration with Azure Active Directory will simplify sharing while improving governance and security. Enhancements to Dataverse data modeling will allow customers to build new types of applications leveraging rich and intelligent data types.

AI Builder

AI Builder continues to enable citizen developers to use and customize AI capabilities to build more intelligent apps and workflows. Lifecycle and governance of AI Builder models will be improved with enhanced versioning, deployment, and monitoring capabilities. Makers will also benefit from new features for Intelligent Document and Text Processing like the ability to manage human in the loop validation, easier integration of large data sets for automated e-mail processing, and the ability to process contracts and multi-page tables in documents.

Governance and administration and ISV experiences

Governance and administration is introducing the Managed Environments for Power Platform, a new way to get more visibility, control more with less effort, and simplify governance of low code assets. Separately, we’re introducing a unique set of enterprise capabilities for regulated customers, including Customer Lockbox, Customer Managed Keys, and new Network Isolation enhancements to ensure our services meet the requirements of the EU Data Boundary initiative. We’ll be extending the Azure Pay-As-You-Go service to more products allowing Power Pages and Power Automate to be purchased based on how much the organization consumes, and we’ll be adding reporting for admins to understand more about how licenses are being consumed across the organization.

Pro development is excited about the ease with which professional developers can now participate in app development. With Power Platform Tools for Visual Studio code available in GitHub Codespaces, support for automated installs from AppSource, developer environments can be ready in seconds rather than hours with no additional tooling required on the machine. With deeper support for creation and deployment of custom connectors and required connections in a target environment, fully automated CI/CD can be setup with ease using GitHub or Azure DevOps.

ISV experiences can now iterate much faster. With automated application updates, ISVs can focus on building great applications and ship at scale without the manual overhead of coordinating updates with each customer manually. With this capability, customers can rest assured that the latest release will be deployed without manual effort.

Data integration

Data integration will deliver various big data performance and high scale improvements to connectivity scenarios from Azure Synapse, Dataverse, Snowflake, Databricks, Google BigQuery, and Amazon Redshift, as well as many other Power Query connectors. Several enhancements, like additional security roles, logs and diagnostics for VNet will also be included in this wave. Within the Power Query Editor and transformation experience, you can expect new transforms and capabilities to simplify your visual data prep in a visual authoring environment. We’re also releasing significant improvements to offer a new generation of Dataflows to Microsoft Data Cloud, supporting Power Platform and beyond. Finally, we’re excited to share a new data integration story empowering aligned data integration scenarios to Microsoft Data Cloud across both citizen and professional developers.

Key dates for the 2022 release wave 2

These release plans describe functionality that may not have been released yet. Delivery timelines and projected functionality may change or may not ship (go to Microsoft policy).

Here are the key dates for the 2022 release wave 2.

Release plans availableJuly 12, 2022Learn about the new capabilities coming in the 2022 release wave 2 (October 2022 – March 2023) across Dynamics 365 and industry clouds and Microsoft Power Platform.
Early access availableAugust 1, 2022Test and validate new features and capabilities that will be a part of the 2022 release wave 2, coming in October, before they get enabled automatically for your users. You can view the Microsoft Power Platform 2022 release wave 2 early access features now.
Release plans available in 11 additional languagesAugust 5, 2022The Dynamics 365 and industry clouds and Power Platform release plans are published in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, and Swedish.
General availabilityOctober 1, 2022Production deployment for the 2022 release wave 2 begins. Regional deployments will start on October 1, 2022.

Just like the previous release waves, we continue to call out how each feature will be enabled in your environment:

  • Users, automatically – These features include changes to the experience for 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.
  • 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 users.

You can get ready with confidence knowing which features will be enabled automatically.

We’ve done this work to help you—our partners, customers, and users—drive the digital transformation of your business on your terms. We’re looking forward to engaging with you as you put these new services and capabilities to work, and we’re eager to hear your feedback as you dig into the 2022 release wave 2.

Let us know your thoughts. Share your feedback in the Microsoft Power Platform community forum. We’ll use your feedback to make improvements.

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