How to visually tell between Common Data Service vs Common Data Service (current environment) NEW name Microsoft Dataverse

NOTE: As of the 4/8/2021 Announcement – The Common Data Service (current environment) connector will now be known as Microsoft Dataverse, and appear with the new icon and color shade as shown below. The previous Common Data Service connector will be known as Microsoft Dataverse (legacy). It will be shown with the new icon, albeit in a de-emphasized color shade:

The good news based on my testing so far – no impact to importing existing Flows created with the previous Common Data Service and Common Data Service (current environment) connectors.


Microsoft Power Automate Flows support both Common Data Service and Common Data Service (current environment) connectors at the present time. The Common Data Service (current environment) connector is newer.

Both CDS and CDS (current environment) offer similar triggers and actions. Link to a good write up on the difference. Here is how to visually tell them apart to help properly setup the proper syntax/format.

Common Data Service icon has thinner line vs Common Data Service (current enviornment) which has bolder line

Common Data Service connector Triggers include “When a row is selected” – this is the trigger needed for Instant Cloud Flows. Triggers and Actions names use “record” instead of “row”. Instant Cloud Flows would be a good replacement option for Dynamics 365 / CRM On-Demand Workflows.

Common Data Service (current environment) connector Triggers include the flow step from a business process flow. Triggers and Actions names use “row” instead of “record” based on newer terminology

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Frank Lee
12 times awarded Microsoft MVP – Dynamics 365 / CRM
San Francisco Bay Area | Silicon Valley

About Frank Lee

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM/xRM consultant in San Francisco, USA.  Awarded the Microsoft MVP (Dynamics 365/CRM) 12 consecutive years from 2006 to 2018. Actively involved with Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementations since Microsoft CRM v1.0 beta (2002). Super passionate about everything CRM, especially in the areas of Cloud Computing, A.I., Digital Transformation and Automation.
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