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Salesforce Winter 18

Nevermind, it is already here!

If you thought the Summer release was exciting, what until you get into Winter 2018. It continues bringing more features to the Lightning Experience and continuing Salesforce's tradition of going above and beyond. It is more evident than ever that Lightning is here to stay, and if you want the latest and greatest features? You better plan your migrations since each release brings more and more Classic features into Lightning, as well as bringing out a plethora of new ones.

Here is a look at some of my favourite features.

Lightning Experience

Winter18 - UX

The Lightning Experience has gone through a few makeovers to ensure it’s not only easy to use but also attractive to look at, and it’s going through another one. However because you get all sentimental and attached, this one is subtle, but really makes an impact. There are 3 main elements Salesforce have subtly changed:

 There is less white space around meaning that everything looks tighter and there is less scrolling

 Improved legibility (using font size and color) to draw attention to what’s most important

 Added background colour to improve contrast between records, and background

Salesforce have also added various other features which are subtly improving the UI. You can now resize columns on list views, wrap text, and dynamically set column widths on related lists and list views.

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Lightning for Gmail

While Lightning for Gmail has been around for a few releases now, the feature improvements in every release make it hard to resist for Gmail users. Since startups typically default to using Gmail and ensuring their employees have a productive connection between Email & CRM, this feature has never been more important. Lightning for Gmail gives the possibility for some users to work exclusively out of their inbox, updating Salesforce as they progress through their emails. In this release you can expect:

 Tasks now being available to sync across the 2 platforms. Enabling your reps to work with a familiar Salesforce feature from their inbox.

 Einstein Lead Scoring now being available within your inbox.

 Email templates having been given a makeover, allowing your reps to use classic email templates directly from within Gmail, complete with merge fields!

 Sync Events Between Google Calendar and Salesforce

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Salesforce DX is Live for all

Yes, you read that correctly, the Salesforce Developer Experience is now generally available.

Unfortunately a couple of years ago Salesforce got voted the most dreaded platform to work with, and no one wants to hear that. So as Salesforce does, it listened and responded in force. Salesforce DX is making the platform a more delightful experience for Developers to work with.  Focussing on source driven development that makes it easy for Developers to build together and continuously deliver. Find out more about some of the most exciting features below.

– The Salesforce Command-Line Interface

– Scratch Orgs

– Visual Studio Code

Lightning Report Builder (Beta)

If you are like the rest of the world, creating a report in Lightning has been a nightmare and impossible in some ways unless defaulting back to Classic. Let me introduce you to the Lightning Report Builder which is here to stay. While there aren’t any particularly new features in the Builder itself, but the responsiveness and general look and feel is a huge improvement. The real exciting part comes when you combine these features, for example, you can now open reports up in Quip, add Dashboard components for tables and add up to 10 columns, you can even embed Dashboards in Lightning App’s!

New Time Field (Beta)

Now for one big thing, Salesforce fans are always watching for and getting excited about, new fields. The Time field which was introduced as a Pilot in Summer ’17 is now in beta. Although this isn’t a groundbreaking feature, it will make storing the time that isn’t related to a particular date a lot easier and with less confusion. In addition to the time field, Salesforce is also releasing a few functions to help us manage our data, including TIMEVALUE, TIMENOW as well as HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND and MILLISECOND.

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