Salesforce Winter '22 Updates To Look Out For

Dakota VanOs – September 13, 2021

The Developers Speak is a video series featuring certified Salesforce consultants at Digital Mass. They come to you twice a month to help bridge the gap between business problems and technical solutions.

This week we'll be sharing a few of the updates from the Winter '22 release that we feel will bring a lot of value to your Salesforce org. Before we do that, Andrew wants to make sure you’re aware of some of the big updates that will be happening soon after the Winter ‘22 release, like the push to MFA and ICU Locale format changes. 




Hello everyone. Andrew Davis here, Senior developer with Digital Mass. And today I want to talk about one of my favorite events in the years... when a Salesforce has releases. We're coming up on Winter 22 here in just a few weeks with a developer preview already in many of your sandboxes, with the opportunity yet to sign up for a developer preview org if you'd like. We'll include a link down there if you want to check out what some of those features look like in a developer sandbox. And around this time, we'd like to talk about some of our favorite features. We like to kind of break those features up into some of the more administrative kind of highlights that we think are pretty cool and will add a lot of value. We like to sort of explore some of those hybrid options through some of the declarative automation and things that we think will make life a little bit easier for outfitting your Salesforce instance, with tools that better represent your business.


Then we want to talk to the developers a little bit about some of the more techy, nerdy features that we think are really exciting. We want to provide a quick timeline. So that transition to winter 22 will have happened for some orgs on September 2nd and that weekend. October 2nd will be our next upcoming release date. And you can also expect that the remainder of those orgs, which have not been updated by that point will be updated on the weekend of October 9th. You can check out when your instance is scheduled to be updated by checking out,, punch in your domain name or your instance number, and you'll find out exactly when your maintenance is scheduled to occur. Also sign up for notification is there to get those kinds of alerts on your phone or your email as you'd like.


Before diving into specifically which features we think are most important, we do want to highlight a couple of updates that we feel are very pressing, that won't actually be coming into effect on the release date for a Winter 22, but which will be coming up very shortly thereafter.


Those being multi-factor authentication being contractually required through Salesforce beginning February 1st, 2022, we've actually already done a video on what that entails, how to look out for multifactor authentication. We'll include a link for you guys to take a look at in this description. The second feature that we want to address our ICU locale format changes, which we'll be taking effect, as of right now, in Spring 22, it's important to get ahead of this change, as it will influence some integrations, most likely that you guys have in place. There are a specified subset of data types for the United States locale, which will be impacted particularly things like day, time, data types currency, and negative numbers Formats will be changed. So if you have any integrations, which sort of force a format of a particular data type, those could break. If you don't address these, and aren't aware of the changes that you'll need to make ahead of time. So we do recommend taking a look at that. We'll include another link on where you can look in your instance to see if there's any place that you need to review for these potential impacts. That'll cover it for updates that were, we wanted to convey in this video. Next, we're going to talk about administrative features. Uh, look forward to talking to you in the next video.


About the Developer:


Meet Andrew Davis: Andrew joined the Digital Mass team as a Senior Salesforce Developer in August 2020. He came in with a few certifications on his belt and hasn't slowed down since. Andrew currently holds 10+ Salesforce certifications.


Outside of work, Andrew likes to spend his time playing D&D, camping, and burying himself in Youtube playlists exploring things ranging from emerging technologies to how to hand-sew your own socks - it’s pretty obvious he fits right in with the DM crew!