With the spectacular Dreamforce over, there is a huge buzz around the Salesforce community for the future. Benioff showed us what the future of Salesforce looked like in the Opening Keynote (Read our summary here). A lot of features that were announced and demoed will be coming in the Spring ’20 Release, which is due in 2020.
As I’m sure most of you veterans know, the three Salesforce releases are year are when us Admins, Developer and Consultants get a bunch more features and tools to play around with to delight our customers and users. If you’re new to Salesforce, you’re in for a treat. There is a lot of agenda items you need to prepare for with each release but at this stage, there are only a couple of things you need to know, how to prepare your sandbox, and when your instance gets upgraded.
Sandbox Preview Information
The first thing you should be aware of is how and when your Sandbox is going to be upgraded. This is extremely important as this is the first opportunity you will get to test your system on the new release. You can sign up to a pre-release Org, but these, of course, will not have any of your configurations.
Salesforce has two release windows for Sandboxes, which depends on whether your sandbox is a “Preview” instance or “Non-Preview Instance”. Salesforce released a handy blog post which contains all the information you need to figure out which your sandbox is. The two release dates for Sandboxes are 3/4th January & 14/15th February, this is over a month apart so it’s my recommendation you ensure at least one of your sandboxes is a “Preview” instance.
Salesforce Spring ’20 Release Date
The second thing you should be aware of it when your production instance will be upgraded to the Spring ’20 release. As per the previous section, it’s important that you test all your main use cases in Salesforce before this date to ensure that everything continues to work. Although there is rarely any chance of this, it’s important that these checks are carried out anyway.
The Release Date for Spring ’20 is Feb 14th 2020 which is visible on the Salesforce Trust website. If you’re new to Salesforce Trust and would like to learn more, I recommend checking out Ines Garcia’s post regarding signing up for notifications on Trust.Salesforce.com. This release date will most likely move depending on your Salesforce server, check back soon for more information!
Enjoy the Salesforce Spring ’20 Release!