We need to talk about… Power Platform Release Wave 1 2023… Power Automate

Today I visit all of the new features and functionality that we can expect to see in Release Wave 1 of 2023 for Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. Up next I will be discussing the updates in Power Automate

New features coming to Power Automate focus primarily on sales automation and sales engagement so a lot of the features below specifically to functionality that increases methods for engagement or further automates areas of the sales process.

The Dynamics 365 Release Wave 1 for 2023 outlines all the new features that will be released between March 2023 through August 2023. You can either browse the release plan online or download the document as a PDF file. The PDF file also includes information about Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, Power Pages, Power Virtual Agents, Microsoft Dataverse, Microsoft Power Platform governance and administration, and data integration.

Download the 2023 release wave 1 PDF

The Microsoft Power Platform features coming in the 2023 release wave 1 have been summarized in a separate release plan as well as a downloadable PDF

Generate expressions from examples

Another preview feature that will reach GA in the next release wave makes it easier to format the appearance of dates, numbers and text output within the context of a flow.

Without needing to write a line of code, users can enter example values and the desired output format, and Power Automate will suggest the appropriate expression.

Generate expressions from examples

Use natural language to create flows

Initially released in preview for US customers, this feature will be generally available in the EU region during the 2023 Release Wave 1. Using GPT3 and other AI models, Power Automate can create a flow by taking a natural language description to quickly create automations in a no-code experience.

Use natural language to create flows
Use natural language to create flows

Define sequential approvals

This feature will allow complex approval workflows within Microsoft Teams or Power Automate flows. Each request is assigned to who needs to approve it and will be passed to the next level/stage when all parties approve the flow. All approvers can see the history of the approvals at each stage and the outcome.

Define sequential approvals

Hope you all enjoyed this post on the Power Automate. I will continue this series with some additional content specifically related to Power Platform. Take Care, Speak Soon!

About the Author

Started his Dynamics 365 journey back in the days of CRM 2011… working for a Microsoft Partner who specialised in the SMB space in NI/ROI. This role exposed him to all aspects of what we now know as Dynamics 365 and it also gave me experience in all aspects of a CRM/D365 deployment, from Pre-Sales, through discovery and diagnostics, to design and deployment, and finally, training and support post-go-live.


Donnell, G., 2023, We need to talk about… Power Platform Release Wave 1 2023… Power Automate, d365ni.co.uk, Available at: https://www.d365ni.co.uk/post/we-need-to-talk-about-d365-release-wave-1-2023-power-automate [Accessed on 11 September 2023]


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