Plan and prepare for Dynamics 365 Human Resources in 2021 release wave 2


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The 2021 release wave 2 plan covers all new functionalities planned to be delivered to market from October 2021 to March 2022. In this article, you'll find the product overview and what's new and planned for Dynamics 365 Human Resources.


Dynamics 365 Human Resources helps businesses empower and engage their workforce, provide modern benefits packages, and stay compliant. It allows HR professionals to be more strategic, providing the workforce insights they need to build better organization structures, compensation, benefits, leave and absence, compliance, employee and manager self-service, and performance management programs. Human Resources also centralizes people data to build an HR ecosystem, using Microsoft Power Platform to tailor workflows, improve business intelligence, and connect with third-party best-of-breed HR solutions. Human Resources connects people and operations data to help you optimize workforce costs and take better care of employees.

For 2021 release wave 2, we are focusing on three key areas:

  • Broaden the human capital management (HCM) ecosystem: Continue broadening our HCM ecosystem through integration APIs and strategic partnerships.
  • Reimagine the employee experience: Expand our investments in the employee experience and bringing those experiences into the flow of work.
  • App unification: Deliver app unification through a simplified platform with better application lifecycle management tooling and extensibility.

The next sections provide details about the specific features we're releasing across these areas.

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Download the release overview guide and share with your team as you plan to onboard the new capabilities included in this release wave.

* Overview guide available in English version only

Investment areas

Investment areas

We're enhancing our user experience, and we're providing general improvements to Human Resources that apply to multiple workspaces and forms.

Integrations and extensibility
A core focus for Dynamics 365 Human Resources is ensuring customers are able to extend and expand application functionality through integrations and customizations. We're making new integrations available and providing new features that streamline custom integrations through Microsoft Dataverse.

To learn more about the entire set of capabilities being delivered during this release wave, check out the release plan for Dynamics 365 Human Resources below:

For application administrators

User-impacting features to the user experience enabled automatically
User-impacting features should be reviewed by application administrators. This facilitates release change management and enables successful onboarding of new capabilities released to market. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users, automatically" in the release plan.

Features that must be enabled by application administrators
This release wave contains features that must be enabled or configured by administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users by admins, makers, or analysts" in the release plan.

Get the most out of Human Resources

Get the most out of Human Resources

Helpful links Description
Release plan View all capabilities included in the release.
Product updates Stay up to date on latest product updates.
Release calendar Know important release milestones.
Licensing Improve your understanding of how to license Human Resources.
Product documentation Find documentation for Human Resources.
User community Engage with Human Resources experts and peers in the community.
Upcoming events Find and register for in-person and online events.
Product trials Get started with Human Resources.