As of 31st March, Salesforce Summer ’20 has been postponed due to COVID-19, please read this post carefully
It might not be summer for us just yet, but Salesforce are heating things up by teasing us with their upcoming Summer ’20 release. As I’m sure Salesforce veterans know, the three Salesforce releases per year are when us Admins, Developers and Consultants get a bunch more features and tools to play around with and to delight our customers and users. If you’re new to Salesforce, you’re in for a treat!
There are many 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.
Salesforce Summer ’20 Release Date
The first thing you should be aware of is when your production instance will be upgraded to the Summer ’20 release. 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 Summer ’20 was originally scheduled in June, however due to COVID-19 this has been pushed back to July 10th & 18th depending on your Salesforce instance 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!
Sandbox Preview Information
The second 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 (Not yet available), but these, of course, will not have any of your configurations.
Salesforce usually has two release windows for Sandboxes, which depends on whether your sandbox is a “Preview” instance or “Non-Preview Instance”. Currently, Salesforce has stated that the Sandbox preview will happen on May 29th-30th, there may be a lack of two windows due to COVID-19, we will update this blog post as Salesforce release more information.