Microsoft Dynamics Unified Interface

Author by Matt Smith

The forum boards were buzzing this past week as Microsoft has released the initial dates which they expect a customer to move to the new Unified Interface.  Many seem to have been working towards the October 2020 deprecation date and were surprised when they took a look at their upgrade dates for their environments and realized that it listed a date of February or March 2020.  Just because October 2020 is the final deprecation date from Microsoft does not mean that date directly aligns with when your environment will be upgraded.  In many cases it will be upgraded on a date much sooner than October. (insert "eeek!" for some of you that may have heavily customized environments)

If you have not already done so please do check your upgrade date in the portal:  https://runone.powerappsportals.com/ 

Also here is the Microsoft published FAQ on the transition as well: 
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/model-driven-apps/faqs-transition-unified-interface 

A few quick things to note:
- If you have yet to confirm your date and you go past the suggested date a new date will be suggested for you.
- If you happen to have confirmed a date and need to change it you may do so up to 48 hours prior to the confirmed scheduled date.  If you need to change a date within those 48 hours you will need to raise a support case.
- If you desire to move your date - you may do so twice at a maximum of 30 days each time.   (no better time to start on your UI upgrade than now)

At Concurrency we have and are working with a number of customers within the space of moving an organization from the classic interface to the unified interface and leveraging best practices to lock in the business value of completing the change.  We also have built a pattern for these upgrades which leverage tried and trued methods to minimize the impact to business operations.  There are a number of benefits in moving to the new interface which include the new interface being built on responsive web design principles which provide optimal viewing and interaction for any screen size, device, or browser orientation.  In addition, the new interface provides time line control, business process enhancement, better navigation, and focused role experiences which reduces the noise to an end user and enables them to focus on the key things that are important for their role.

If you are interested in learning more about the Unified Interface and/or how we partner up with organizations like yours please feel free to contact us at sales@concurrency.com.