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Admin Release Countdown: Get Ready for Winter ’22

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Are you ready, #AwesomeAdmins? It’s almost time for the Winter ’22 Salesforce Release!

Below are the most important dates you’ll want to mark in your calendar. You can also review release dates and sandbox preview information on the corporate blog.

Key dates for Winter '22 Salesforce Release.

August 12: Get early access by signing up for a pre-release org

Admins can sign up for a Developer Edition environment, chock-full of all the Winter ’22 features to explore to your heart’s content. Developer environments are stand-alone environments where you can learn, build, and get comfortable with features and functionality.

August 16: Review the Release Notes

Search the products you use for release updates in the Release Notes section of Salesforce Help. The notes will go live August 16, 2021, and we will share the link here. Be sure to check out the “You Asked for It” section, which lists all of the IdeaExchange ideas included in the release. First time reading the release notes? Here are some great tips to find what you need.

Get help from the community! With each release, there are a number of blogs by community members who break it down. Check out the Release Readiness Trailblazer Community Group where you can continue to get updates, share your favorite features, and ask questions about the upcoming release.

August 26 before 6 p.m. PT: Be sure to refresh your sandbox

Take action before 6 p.m. Pacific Time on August 26 to get early access to all the Winter ’22 features in one of your sandboxes. Once you’ve explored the Free Developer environment and reviewed the release notes for features that are important to you, it’s time to try out features related to your customizations in your sandbox. This is a great time to evaluate how specific features may be useful or impact the way your organization uses Salesforce. Check out this Help Article for instructions on exactly how and when to refresh your sandbox.

August 27-28: Sandbox preview begins

Check your sandbox instance on Trust for your sandbox upgrade window. Just like the pre-release org, sandbox preview gives you the opportunity to test new features against your own customizations without affecting your live environment.

Now is a good time to check out Release Updates in Setup. This is where you go to review and activate release updates to improve org performance, security, business logic, and usability. See which items need your action, which updates are due soon or overdue, as well as updates that have been archived.

September 6: Learn MOAR about Winter ’22 features

Check out the #LearnMOAR page for new trailmixes for admins and developers that feature highlights of the Winter ’22 Release.

September 10: Join us live for the Awesome Admin Release Preview

Join Admin Evangelists and an expert panel for a one hour deep dive into the release including the features admins can’t miss. This preview is a great opportunity to hear an overview from admin experts, and may help you determine which features in the Release Readiness Live broadcast to focus on. There are a lot of features delivered with each release, so we go through all of it and provide a summary of the features most impactful to admins. Register here

September 13-17: Watch Release Readiness LIVE by cloud

Hear from product managers across the company and across the clouds as they share the latest features and demos of their products. This is a multi-day, live video streaming event that is available on-demand after the event.

September 10, October 1, & October 8: Winter ’22 arrives!

Check the Maintenance Calendar for exactly when your Salesforce org will get the Winter ’22 features. Scroll through the list and check your Salesforce instance (NA__, EMEA__) against the release dates listed in the calendar. Once the release window has passed for your environment, you’ll have access to the newest features in your production environment!

Resources

Check out the Release Resources page for all the resources you need to help prepare your org and users!

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