General availability deployment

After a release cycle has been made generally available to users, environments are typically automatically turned on. This is so users can receive ongoing mandatory updates. These updates enable early access features, and the current available features that are included in a release.


Check out Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Release Plans to learn more about new features to be released in the release waves.

Throughout a release cycle, your environments are updated over the scheduled weekend. These scheduled windows are based on your environments' region. The specific dates when the updates occur are published to the Message Center. The specific time when the updates for an environment complete, within the scheduled weekend, can't be predetermined.

Each notification from the Message Center includes dates, the maintenance window, and the Release Plan reference. In addition, included is a list of optimizations, fixes, and enhancements. Each environment should see the new features and build numbers by Monday morning, local time. For more information, see Policies and communications.


If you have enabled the early access updates in your environments, you'll continue getting updates throughout the release wave.

If you didn't opt in for the early access updates in your environments, your environment will be automatically updated to receive the new release based on the general availability deployment schedule for your region.


A release wave is a necessary update and can't be postponed. It is essential for maintaining system integrity and security.

A release wave will be seamlessly integrated as part of the weekly Dataverse update, which occurs during your scheduled dark hours. This ensures minimal disruption to your operations.

It is important to note that the exact duration and timing of a relase wave can't be predetermined. Duration and timing vary depending on the time required to process the weekly updates efficiently. We aim to minimize any inconvenience during this process.

As an additional benefit, the Special (SPL) scale group will be incorporated into the general availability page to help you stay informed about the schedule.

These policies are designed to optimize your system's performance and security while offering the flexibility needed for seamless update process.

Deployment schedule

The general availability deployment is based on the regions where environments are created.

Regions Schedule for 2023 wave 2 general availability deployment
South America
South Africa
Friday, September 29, 2023 to Monday, October 2, 2023
United Arab Emirates
Asia Pacific
Great Britain
GCC High*
Friday, October 6, 2023 to Monday, October 9, 2023
Europe Friday, October 13, 2023 to Monday, October 16, 2023
North America Friday, October 20, 2023 to Monday, October 23, 2023
Friday, October 27, 2023 to Monday, October 30, 2023
China Friday, October 27, 2023 to Monday, October 30, 2023

*For more information about GCC, GCC High, and DoD, see Dynamics 365 US Government.

See also

Dynamics 365 release schedule
Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Release Plans
Policies and communications