What’s New in Salesforce Summer ’23: 5 Impactful Updates for Users You Should Know 

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The Salesforce Summer ’23 release notes are here, and it’s packed with some seriously awesome upcoming updates! But there are so many amazing things coming up that we decided to go (in our humble opinion) through the top five game-changing improvements that will take your Salesforce experience to the next level. 

As a successful Salesforce consulting partner, we’ve seen firsthand how staying on top of the latest Salesforce updates, like the previous Spring 23 release, can truly supercharge your productivity and make your life a whole lot easier. So, in the next sections, we’ll explore how Salesforce is enhancing accessibility, improving performance, helping you keep your Salesforce fortress locked down tighter than ever before, and making your life as a Salesforce user easier than ever with these Summer ’23 updates.  

So, get ready to check out the exciting updates in store for you. Let’s dive into the first update that will have you feeling like a security-savvy superstar.  

1- Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Auto-Enablement Continues with Summer ’23 

We live in a world where cybersecurity is more crucial than ever, and Salesforce has our backs with this. In this release, Salesforce is taking security to higher levels by automatically enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for direct logins.  

What does that mean for you? Well, it means an extra layer of protection for your Salesforce orgs, making it harder for hackers to breach your data. Trust me, you’ll want to jump on this MFA bandwagon sooner rather than later to ensure a smooth and secure login process. 

This update has been rolling out since February 1, 2022, and Salesforce users are required by contract to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) when accessing their Salesforce orgs. However, Salesforce has been making it easier for you to comply with this requirement. With their MFA Auto-Enablement, they’re automatically enabling MFA for direct logins to help you satisfy the requirement without any hassle.  

The first phase of MFA auto-enablement happened in Spring ’23, and there are more phases scheduled for upcoming releases until Spring ’24. In the near future, Salesforce plans to make MFA a permanent part of the login process, so getting on board as soon as possible is essential to avoid any disruptions. 

Why is MFA important for your business? Because MFA adds an extra layer of security by asking for additional verification when you log in, like a code from a mobile app, along with your username and password. It’s like having a secret code that only you and your trusted mobile device know! By enabling MFA, you’re protecting your Salesforce org from potential cyberattacks and keeping your data safe and sound. 

To make things even better, you have control over when you roll out MFA. You don’t have to wait for Salesforce to do it for you. By implementing and rolling out MFA on your own schedule, you can avoid conflicts with other initiatives at your company and unexpected disruptions for your users. 

Additionally, to help you get started, Salesforce has provided some great resources. You can watch their Launch Multi-Factor Authentication video to learn the steps for turning on MFA. They’ve also got a smart MFA Rollout Pack with customizable change management templates to make the process smoother. 

Now, if you use Single Sign-On (SSO) to access Salesforce, don’t worry; Salesforce won’t be enabling or enforcing MFA for your SSO identity provider. However, you still need to implement MFA for all users who access Salesforce through SSO to meet the contractual requirement. You can use your SSO provider’s MFA service to satisfy this requirement and keep your org secure. 

So, if you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to level up your security game with MFA. Protect your org, protect your data, and embrace the power of multi-factor authentication.  

2- Improved Color Contrast in UI Elements 

In this Summer ’23 release, Salesforce is making the user experience even more inclusive and user-friendly with improved color contrast! 

The platform is taking a big leap toward accessibility by making content easier for people with low vision to see and use. They’ve enhanced the color contrast of various UI elements to align with accessibility standards. So, what does this mean for you? 

Well, imagine you’re using Salesforce, and you have low vision. You want to easily spot and interact with important elements like buttons, checkboxes, and links. With improved color contrast, these elements will now stand out more, making them easier to locate and use.  

These color changes extend to various Salesforce features, including the Salesforce Lightning Design System (SLDS), Lightning base components, and a subset of record home pages. So, whether you’re managing cases, accounts, opportunities, or even engaging in live chat, you’ll notice the difference in color contrast, making your workflow smoother and more accessible. 

But why is Salesforce doing all of this? Well, they’re committed to aligning with accessibility standards and creating a more inclusive user experience. They want to ensure that every Salesforce user, regardless of their visual abilities, can navigate and engage with the platform effortlessly. It’s all part of their mission to empower and serve every individual within the Salesforce community. 

These changes are based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which promote web accessibility. Good color contrast is essential because it allows all users to easily see the content on any device and under any lighting conditions.  

Overall, with improved color contrast, Salesforce is championing inclusivity and making sure every user can soar to new heights and that we can create a more accessible Salesforce experience for everyone. 

3- Tab-Focused Dialogs (Release Update) 

If you are a Lightning console app enthusiast, get ready to unleash your productivity because Salesforce is giving you the power to keep working with tab-focused dialogs! 

Before, any time a dialog would pop up while you were in the middle of a task in your Lightning console app, that dialog would hijack the entire app, preventing you from interacting with anything else until you dealt with it. Well, not anymore! 

With the latest Summer ’23 release update, dialogs in Lightning console apps will no longer hold you hostage. Now, when a dialog is triggered by a workspace tab or subtab, it will only focus on the specific tab that opened it. That means you can continue working on other tasks, exploring different tabs, and maneuvering through your app without any interruptions. 

You might be wondering why this update is such a big deal. Well, imagine having to pause your work every time a dialog appeared, losing precious time, and disrupting your workflow. But thanks to Salesforce’s commitment to enhancing user experience, those days are over. Now, you can seamlessly interact with the rest of the app while a dialog quietly does its job in the background. 

You might have noticed that this update was initially planned for enforcement in Spring ’22 but was postponed to Spring ’24. Even the best-laid plans need a little adjustment. As it was, Salesforce wanted to ensure this enhancement was thoroughly polished and ready to empower you without any hiccups. So, rest assured that when Spring ’24 arrives, you’ll have this amazing feature at your fingertips. 

To activate this release update and experience the true power of tab-focused dialogs, just head over to Setup, type “Release Updates” in the Quick Find box, select Release Updates, and find the option for “Keep Working with Tab-Focused Dialogs.” Click that Activate button, and voila! You’re one step closer to a more streamlined and efficient Lightning console app experience. 

With these tab-focused dialogs updates, nothing will hold you back from staying productive and achieving greatness.  

4- Improved Performance on More Record Home Pages 

Get ready to witness improved performance, stronger accessibility support, and better service availability, all thanks to Lightning Web Components (LWC)! 

Let’s break it down in simple terms. Lightning Web Components are like the supercharged engines that power your record home pages. They make everything faster, smoother, and more accessible than ever before. With this latest update, over 100 additional objects have joined the LWC party, bringing the total count of LWC-enabled objects to over 1,000. That’s a whole lot of power at your fingertips! 

So, why is this so important for you, the Salesforce user? Imagine opening a record home page and experiencing lightning-fast loading times, snappy interactions, and a seamless user interface. It’s like having your very own speedster sidekick, making sure you never waste a second of your precious time. Whether you’re creating, viewing, or editing record home pages, LWC has got your back with improved performance. 

But that’s not all! LWC also ensures stronger accessibility support, which means that users of all abilities can easily navigate and interact with your record home pages. Salesforce is committed to creating an inclusive environment, and this update is a testament to that commitment. It’s like having a friendly guide by your side, ensuring everyone feels welcome and can effortlessly access the information they need. 

Moreover, you will be able to have better service availability. With LWC-enabled record home pages, you can expect a more reliable and robust experience. Say goodbye to those frustrating moments of downtime or sluggish performance. LWC takes care of the heavy lifting, ensuring that you can always rely on Salesforce to be there when you need it most. 

Now, you might be wondering how to take advantage of these enhancements. Well, the great news is that you don’t have to do anything! This update in the Summer ’23 release applies to Lightning Experience and all Salesforce mobile apps across all editions. So, sit back, and let LWC do its magic to supercharge your record home pages. 

Get ready to experience the lightning-fast performance, enhanced accessibility, and improved service availability that Lightning Web Components bring to your record home pages. It’s like having a high-performance sports car at your command, making your Salesforce journey more efficient, enjoyable, and productive. 

5- Get Better Performance for Related Lists 

Now, we’ve got more exciting news that will make your related list View All page experience even better. Get ready to say goodbye to Aura and welcome the lightning-fast performance of Lightning Web Components (LWC)! 

Previously, when you visited the related list View All page, it was powered by Aura. But now, Salesforce has made a major upgrade by replacing Aura with Lightning Web Components. But let me tell you why this is important for you! 

First of all, this update brings a significant improvement to your user experience. With Lightning Web Components, the related list View All page becomes snappier, smoother, and more responsive.  

But that’s not all. Lightning Web Components also provide stronger accessibility support. It ensures that users of all abilities can easily navigate and interact with the related list View All page.  

One of the most exciting advantages of this update is the improved loading times and faster rendering of related records. Lightning Web Components ensure that the full list of related records loads earlier, giving you instant access to the information you need. No more waiting around for data to load – it’s all there at your fingertips, ready for you to dive in and take action. 

Now, you might be wondering about any visual changes. Don’t worry; the transition to Lightning Web Components doesn’t drastically alter the way you work with related lists. You’ll notice some minor visual changes, such as the object’s icon appearing in the related list header. Additionally, the Quick Filters panel has been renamed to Filters, and the quick filters are now grouped under a Quick Filters subcategory in the panel. These changes help streamline your experience and make finding and filtering your related records even easier. 

So, get ready to enjoy a smoother user experience, enhanced accessibility support, and lightning-fast loading times for your related records.  


And there you have it! The Salesforce Summer ’23 release brings a wave of innovation and improvements that are bound to make your day-to-day Salesforce experience smoother, more secure, and downright delightful. From beefed-up security with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to enhanced accessibility, improved performance, and streamlined workflows, Salesforce has listened to your needs and delivered some serious upgrades. 

But here’s the thing: new updates can be exciting and a tad overwhelming at the same time. That’s where a Salesforce consulting company like Cloudsquare comes in! We specialize in guiding businesses through the intricacies of Salesforce and helping them unleash Salesforce’s full potential. So, if you’re feeling a bit daunted or just want to ensure you’re making the most of these new features, don’t hesitate to contact the experts. 

Remember, Salesforce enthusiasts never stop learning and evolving. Stay curious, explore these updates, and embrace the power of Salesforce. Your productivity, efficiency, and success are just a few clicks away. And if you need some help with these Salesforce Summer ’23 updates, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! 

Need some help with these updates? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!