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Every year, Salesforce comes up with new updates for each aspect of the platform. These updates are delivered to the consumers as the seasons change throughout the year, starting with Spring. As we have now transitioned to the summer season, the Salesforce Summer ’24 Release is on its way. We are definitely thrilled and ready to upgrade our orgs with the latest release. 

But are you prepared for the release? Well, do not worry, as we will tell you everything that we know about the new summer release and guide you on how you can prepare. So, let’s dive in!

Salesforce Summer Release Notes

A few weeks before the release actually takes place, the website is updated with Salesforce Summer Release Notes. These notes are like guides of information with everything that you need to know about the upcoming updates. You can find insights on how the new release aims to improve the performance, logic, security, and usability of our products.

The Release Updates page provides a list of updates that can be necessary for your organization to enable. It is best to carefully read the Salesforce Summer Release Notes in depth and be prepared. But be alert as some release updates can affect existing customizations.

Salesforce Summer ’24 Release Dates

Now, it is of utmost importance for you to know the Release Dates of every Salesforce release. Keep an eye on the Maintenance Calendar to know precisely when your Salesforce org will get the Summer ’24 features. Scroll through the list and check your Salesforce instance (NA__, EMEA__) against the release dates listed in the calendar.

The Salesforce Summer ’24 Release Dates are as follows: 

  1. May 17, 2024
  2. June 7, 2024
  3. June 14, 2024

You can go to Salesforce Trust, click on the name of your instance, and select “Maintenance” if you already know which instance your production organization is hosted on. This will display the date when your organization will receive the Salesforce Summer 2024 release.

The simplest way to find out your instance if you don’t know it is to go to “company information” under “Setup” in your Salesforce. See our in-depth post on how to locate your Salesforce instance for additional information.

You’ll be able to use the newest features in your production environment when your environment’s release window has ended. To do that you must see the Sandbox preview first to peek into the new release.

Salesforce Sandbox Preview Guide

After reviewing the pre-release documentation and the Salesforce Release Notes, it’s now appropriate to experiment with features associated with your customizations within your sandbox. You should now begin to assess how particular features might be helpful or affect how your company uses Salesforce.

Each release has a set of sandboxes that will upgrade to the preview instance. In contrast, another set of sandboxes will stay on the non-preview instance or the current release. Salesforce offers two windows for sandbox releases based on whether your instance is “preview” or “non-preview.”

Most sandboxes will receive the update by May 10, 2024. You can also use the Salesforce Sandbox Preview Guide on the official website to determine the plan for your sandbox instance(s). 

Release Updates

Release updates frequently include a Test Run option that lets you activate the update and check for any modifications to your organization, including customizations, before the upgrade’s Complete Steps By date. The Salesforce mobile app allows you to see attachments but not edit them.

Enter Release Updates in the Quick Find box from Setup and choose Release Updates to view release updates.

What to Expect in the Salesforce Summer 2024 Release?

There is so much in each cloud service and feature that will be updated in the new release. These updates are scheduled to be enforced in the Salesforce Summer 2024 release:

1. Allow Only Trusted Cross-Org Redirections

To protect your users and network and limit redirections to other Salesforce org, you can now allow only trusted cross-org redirections. Add the specific Salesforce org URLs that you trust to the Trusted URLs for Redirects allowlist.

2. Enable EmailSimple Invocable Action to Respect Organization-Wide Profile Settings

With this update enabled, the EmailSimple invocable action adheres to organization-wide email address profile settings. This update was first made available in the summer of ’23 and was scheduled to be enforced in the Spring of ’24, but the enforcement date was postponed to the summer of ’24.

3. Enable ICU Locale Formats

To conduct business wherever you are, adopt the International Components for Unicode (ICU) locale formats. Locales control the formats for dates, times, currencies, addresses, names, and numeric values.

ICU sets the international standard for these formats. The ICU locale formats provide a consistent experience across the platform and improve integration with ICU-compliant applications across the globe.

4. Migrate to a Multiple-Configuration SAML Framework

If you see this release update, your Salesforce instance will use the original single-configuration SAML framework, which supports single sign-on (SSO) with only one external identity provider.

With this release update, Salesforce is removing support for the single-configuration SAML framework and supporting only the multiple-configuration SAML framework. 

5. Run Flows in Bot User Context

With this update enabled, a flow initiated by a bot runs in the user context. The user profile and permission sets associated with the bot, as well as any sharing rules, determine the object permissions and field-level access of the flow.

In Essence

The Salesforce Summer 2024 Release Cycle is here, and it is officially time to upgrade. The new release will come with various updates for Sales, Service, Experience, and Marketing clouds, as well as Einstein features and much more.

The release cycle is scheduled from May – June 2024, so keep an eye on the dates mentioned above. To be prepared for the release, you must read the release notes and review all required documents. Once the release cycle is complete, we will update you about the new features, so stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

Salesforce comes up with new updates for each aspect of the platform. Salesforce follows a three-release cycle per year: Spring, Summer, and Winter.

Salesforce releases major updates three times a year, coinciding with the Spring, Summer, and Winter seasons.

Depending on the Salesforce edition you now use, some features might be accessible to you immediately. To access certain features, some updates, however, could need a paid upgrade to a higher edition or particular feature licensing. To find out the exact requirements, it's always preferable to refer to the official release notes and documentation that come with each update. Usually, these materials become available closer to the launch date.

About Author

Shrey Sharma

Shrey is the CEO of S2 Labs and Cyntexa. He is also the Youngest Salesforce MVP of the year 2019. He started S2 Labs as the first Salesforce Training Institute in Rajasthan at the young age of 19. He believes in passing on knowledge and a professional learning experience to people. This belief inspired his training journey, and today, S2 Labs has mentored over 50k students with a diverse range of courses.

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