Salesforce.com rolls out a big release after following Salesforce1 launch. The Spring ‘14 release of Salesforce.com is now in preview, general release will happen in the coming weeks. After this release Salesforce Touch is no longer available for download or use as an in-browser application, it will be replaced by Salesforce1 application. In Spring’14 release Salesforce focused on the attitude of developing apps first for the small screen faster and then extrapolating out to the larger devices. Below are the few important points from Spring’14 release.
Below are the quick summary of spring’14 release from user’s / customer’s.
Customer/User’s Point of view :–
1) General availability of a sales order object in the application that will help users to track order management from ground level. Now you can use Orders to customize your order management process.
2) Increases file storage capacity per paid user license from 612MB to 2GB.
3) Introducing Salesforce1 and SalesforceA app. SalesforceA mobile app is officially available, so admin can edit, reset the password, freeze user account, unlock user and assign permission sets on the go. By using this app you can access Success Community as well. I think we need a separate app for Success Community.
a)Salesforce Touch Has Upgraded to Salesforce1.
b) Chatter Mobile for Android and iOS have Upgraded to Salesforce1.
c) Chatter Mobile for BlackBerry is now a Connected App.
4) Topics for Objects: – Now we can enable topics for one or more objects. Enable topics for particular objects so that users can add topics to records of that object type on the record detail page. We can include fields for topic suggestions.
5) Skills – Pilot: – Skills allow users to share information about their professional expertise. With skills, users can discover, collaborate with, and endorse others based on their knowledge.
Note:-The Skills feature is currently available through a pilot program. For information on enabling skills for your organization, contact salesforce.com.
6) Post Announcements in Chatter Groups: – Post group announcements are to highlight important messages on the group page. You can set an expiration date for Announcement. The message will appear in a yellow box on the group box. In other words, if you want to highlight your message on Group page then you can use this feature.
7) Customize Chatter Group Layouts and Publisher Actions: – Now we can customize Chatter group page layout and be able to add, remove publisher actions as per business requirement. Changes to Chatter group layouts, except for publisher action and layout changes, reflect in the Salesforce1 app only. Changes to publisher actions and layouts for groups reflect in both full Salesforce site and Salesforce1.
8) Customize Branding for Email Notifications: – Now we can customize Chatter email notifications display sender information, footer text, and a footer logo that is personalized for your organization.
9) Private Messages in Communities: – Users can now send Chatter messages to other members within a community. Conversations can involve just one other person, or up to 10 people in total, including yourself.
10) After Spring ‘14, users in your communities can give, receive, and create badges without any additional licenses. External members also have access to a Recognition tab, where they can view their badges; an administrator must simply add it to the community.
11) New Setup for Forecasts:-Old Forecasts 1.0 Classic will be retired, and Customizable Forecasting will not be developed any more.
12) Users Can Now Create Cases from the Salesforce Side Panel from “Salesforce for Outlook”.
13) Now you can Hide Unused Report Types.
Developer Point of view:-
1) Field Sets Are Generally Available: – A field set is a grouping of fields.
2) The TEXT() formula function now converts picklist values to texts in approval rules, approval step rules, workflow rules, auto-response rules, escalation rules, assignment rules, and custom buttons and links.
3) Data Import Wizard—Generally Available: – In Spring’14 release Salesforce introduces an unified interface that is easy to use for importing data for a number of standard Salesforce objects, including accounts, contacts, leads and solutions.
4) Launch Flows from Workflow Rules—Pilot: – In Spring’14 Salesforce introduces a new action under workflow known as “Flow trigger” to launch flow from workflow.
5) Partial Data Sandboxes – Partial Data sandboxes include all of your organization’s metadata and add a selected amount of your production organization’s data that you define using a ‘sandbox template’.
6) Developer Console: – There are many updating related to Developer console. Now you love to code or debug here.
A) Search and Replace: – Access basic search and replace functionality in the Developer Console using standard keyboard shortcuts.
B) Update API Version :- Now you can change the API version of an entity from the Developer Console Source Code Editor
C) Open Full Screen Editor :- Toggle full-screen editing from the Developer Console Source Code Editor (if available) by clicking F11, to exit the full screen view by clicking Esc.
D) Even Choose source code Editor theme and font size.
8) Canvas Apps in the Publisher and the Feed—Generally Available:- Force.com Canvas enables you to expose your canvas apps as publisher actions. The publisher allows users access to the most common actions in your organization. You can expand the publisher to include a canvas app so that users can leverage the common custom actions of a canvas app.