General availability deployment

Each release wave becomes generally available twice a year. Your environments automatically receives these mandatory updates.

To test the upcoming updates, opt in to early access updates.

Tip

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 update 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.

Note

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 automatically updates to receive the new release based on the general availability deployment schedule for your region.

Deployment cadence

A release wave is a mandatory update. Release wave updates can't be postponed. These updates are essential for maintaining system integrity and security.

You receive the release wave as part of your weekly Dataverse update during your scheduled dark hours. This ensures minimal disruption to your operations.

The exact duration and timing of each release wave can't be predetermined. The duration of updates may vary based on the Dataverse update and may occur at any point during your weekend dark hours.

Deployment schedule

You receive release wave updates as part of your Dataverse weekly updates. This depends on the region where your environment has been created.

For each region listed, deployment begins as early as the Friday dark hours before the listed date.

Region Deployment schedule for 2024 wave 1 general availability
First Release March 25, 2024
Canada April 1, 2024
South America April 1, 2024
India April 1, 2024
France April 1, 2024
South Africa April 1, 2024
Germany April 1, 2024
Switzerland April 1, 2024
Norway April 1, 2024
Korea April 1, 2024
Singapore April 1, 2024
United Arab Emirates April 8, 2024
Japan April 8, 2024
Asia Pacific April 8, 2024
Great Britain April 8, 2024
Australia April 8, 2024
GCC High* April 8, 2024
Europe April 15, 2024
North America April 22, 2024
Dedicated Scale Groups (SPL) April 29, 2024
GCC* April 29, 2024
DoD* April 29, 2024
China** April 29, 2024

*For more information about GCC, GCC High, and DoD, see Dynamics 365 US Government. **For more information about environments in China, see Power Platform and Dynamics 365 apps operated by 21Vianet in China.

Early access updates FAQ

For frequency asked questions about early access, see Early access updates FAQ

See also

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