If you’re like me and you don’t really have the time or patience to read through the latest Spring ’18 release notes then this blog is perfect for you. Classic is now becoming a thing of the past with Lightning becoming the norm/future. In my opinion it’s the equivalent of a battery-powered Walkman vs. a solar-powered MP3 player – I know which one I’d rather choose!
As I am very much a Lightning fanatic (R.I.P Classic / Bye Felicia), I am only going to highlight what the latest release is allowing users to do in Lightning as I feel it allows users and admins to be more productive. If you are still unsure about Lightning then be sure to check the Salesforce Admins site for more information/case studies on why you should convert.
Users/admins are now able to:
Set options for Lead conversion – Dont want to create an Opportunity upon Lead conversion or hide that section completely? Been using Michael Farringtons custom button url hack for like, ever? Well, now you can remove that section entirely. For all those #AwesomeAdmins out there that have been pestered for years by this lack of functionality, this is Salesforce’s way of giving you a gigantic hug and being told not to worry!
Custom Themes – Suffer from OCD and like to have everything aligned to your companies branding? Well, now you are able to customize the theme of your org to make it look it nice and pretty. In my opinion, this is the equivalent of buying a pair of trainers/sneakers (meh), and then having a pair of trainers/sneakers that Chris Duarte would wear
Path – If like me and you find this to be such a useful component in your day-to-day life, you’ll now be pleased to know that this has now been made available on Campaigns and more importantly Cases. You can also setup a Path based on any picklist on any standard object (Accounts, Contacts etc.) – this is kinda of a big deal in my humble opinion.
Data Privacy Preferences – You may have heard a lot about new laws and regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but this is something a lot of admins will need to familiarise themselves with. There will be a new standard object called ‘Individual‘ which is linked to Leads and Contacts that will allow you to track and store customers preferences.
And now for my favourite part of the release…..
Lightning App Builder – This is my favourite part of Lightning as this really allows you to get your creative juices flowing. Whoever at Salesforce is responsible for the Lightning App builder deserves a raise/promotion/key to the city etc. and has also become my personal hero after a ton of updates and increase in new functionality. Some of these awesome little gems include:
- Organise components into collapsible sections
- Make your Lightning App and Home Pages Dynamic
- Manage Your Lightning Pages Inside the Lightning App Builder (HUUGE time saver)
- Edit Lightning Apps with the Lightning App Builder
So, it has become apparent that Mike Rosenbaums team have been working their socks off for this release and it really shows. We have been privileged to have been giving a ton of new features / enhancements and the feature parity gap between Classic and Lightning has now become somewhat microscopic – congratulations to you all on a job well done!
So what are your favourite features in the Spring 18 release?