We’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of user groups for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. Our goal is to help you achieve more with your community, together with Microsoft.
Below are the most common questions we’ve heard from the community:
What is Microsoft launching?
We are launching new online tools to help you find, join, start, and run local user groups for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. We are supporting the user groups with an administrative team and connection to local Microsoft employees around the world.
Public preview opens April 2021. It’s free and everyone is welcome. Be one of the first users to join by registering below.
What about user groups that already exist?
User groups can operate on the Microsoft ecosystem and their current platform(s) to organize and host events. We believe the new Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 community experience will offer you unparalleled features that will enable you to create and grow your user groups like never before. Our Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Community Success team now has user group coordinators and they will be dedicated to assisting leaders and members have a smooth experience in group and event creation as well as other logistics tasks.
Our Microsoft Community Program Managers will also be working more closely with our user group leaders supporting requests for speakers, topics, and content.
How is this related to Microsoft’s other user group offerings on Microsoft Tech Community (MTC) or Azure Tech Groups?
Unlike MTC, this new offering solely focuses on Dynamics365 and Power Platform user group experience. Microsoft Tech Community is a partner just like Microsoft Answers and Microsoft Azure Tech Groups.
Will you support user groups for all regions?
Yes. We’ve seen tremendous product growth globally for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform products. Our vision is to enable a thriving local community of users across the world so community members can network, learn, and support each other.
What support will you provide for user group leaders?
Our vision is a user groups experience that empowers you to create and grow your community together with Microsoft, enabling you to:
We will have dedicated user group administrators available via in-community private message, email for your questions and feedback. The administrators will hold regular meetings between leaders and the Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Community Success Teams. We are also looking into creating a user group BOT leveraging Power Virtual Agents.
Additionally, we’re developing a user group playbook and learning series with veteran user group leaders and our Community Success Teams to share best practices, templates, and how-tos.
Can you provide customer lists so leaders can invite them to participate in our local chapter?
Due to data privacy reasons, we can’t share customer lists. However, we plan to enable in-product notifications to help users find local user groups and events. Leaders will be able to contact their members via private message in-community and on the discussion area of the user group page.
Will leaders have access to Microsoft Teams to host virtual user group meetings?
We plan to provide Microsoft Teams as part of the Community Tenant offering from the Microsoft Teams Engineering team, however, the timeline for this functionality isn’t yet determined. Sign up for future user group announcements by registering at Dynamics 365 User Groups and Power Platform User Groups.
Can my user group continue to receive sponsorship from ISVs/SIs partners?
Absolutely. Continue with your partnerships as you’ve always done. We view each user group as an independent organization that can manage sponsorships as they see fit.
I am a partner, can I have a user group?
Yes, however, our code of conduct has language regarding using user groups as a recruiting tool or vendor sales presentations area.
Will you support national or other “collections” of user groups (e.g., a top-level community with chapters)?
Yes. Our focus is on empowering a large number of individual user groups. We hope leaders organize and collaborate with each other to encourage their members to succeed and do more at work. We will support leaders through connection with our Community Success Team to identify the best ways to support them and their members.
Will the User Group Administrator have resources for in-person meetings (i.e. booking conference rooms/meeting sites and hosting virtual meetings)?
Our User Group Administrators will have access to resources, but we’re still working on the details. Our team will also be providing all user group leaders with a best practices playbook, templates, how-tos, and demos on how to best utilize the user group experience in our communities and also on Microsoft Teams.
Is there a Code of Conduct for user group participation?
Yes. Microsoft wants the user group experience to be a respectful, friendly, fun, and inclusive experience for all participants. As part of the user group sign-up process, participants are asked to agree to the following Code of Conduct:
Microsoft will not tolerate harassment or discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations, and ordinances.
If you have a concern or complaint related to your user group, first talk to your user group Leader. If that is not practical or does not resolve your concern, please contact Microsoft directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, which goes to our User Group Coordinator. You can also report concerns directly to Microsoft’s Business Conduct Hotline (1-877-320-MSFT or email@example.com).
What products can I create a user group for?
User groups can be created for Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and each Power Platform product (Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents).
On-premises products and Dynamic’s services and apps can be created under Dynamics 365 with a focus area listed in the description. For user groups with a “Business Applications” title, we recommend creating your user group under the Power Platform user group area.
If you need additional guidance on your naming structure, always feel free to reach out to your user group administrator.
If you have additional questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you please email firstname.lastname@example.org Launching the new user group experience is part of a long-term investment we’re making into our communities, and it is with your collaboration that we will create and grow together.