“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” What does this famous William Shakespeare quote have to do with Microsoft? If you have been around the Microsoft channel for even a short amount of time, you might already have a really good guess. That’s right, it’s their penchant for changing product and feature names.

You may have encountered the word Dataverse recently in dialogues pertaining to Microsoft Dynamics 365, specifically while talking about Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. This magical word is not just some space-aged colloquialism describing the celestial computing powers that reside above The Cloud. As of November 2020, Dataverse is Microsoft’s new name for what was formerly known as Common Data Service or CDS.

What is Microsoft Dataverse?
Again, formerly known as CDS, Dataverse is essentially the database that Microsoft Dynamics and Power Platform sit on top of. The tables that make up the Dataverse are the core, or common, data structures that are utilized by Dynamics 365 and offer a secure and cloud-based storage option for data.

Utilizing the Dataverse, users have access to the standard tables as well as any tables that come with one of Microsoft Dynamics’ business platforms (Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, etc.). Citizens of the Dataverse also have the option of creating custom tables that best suit their business needs as well as easily accessing Dataverse data via the Power Platform – Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate and Power Virtual Agents.

Utilizing Microsoft Dataverse, users have the following benefits:

  • Easy to manage and secure data
  • Data from Dynamics 365 applications is accessible via the Dataverse
  • Rich metadata, logic and validation
  • Productivity tools

While we are on the subject of renaming, Microsoft also officially renamed many of the components of the Dataverse that are covered below. Though officially renamed in November of last year, you may still see the old names surfaced in various Microsoft products and documentation.


Old CDS Terms New Dataverse Terms
Entity, entities Table, tables
Field, fields
Attribute, attributes
Column, columns
Record, records Row, rows
Option set, multiple select option sets, picklist, picklists Choice, choices
Two options Yes/No


How does this all connect to ClickDimensions?

Being natively built in Microsoft Dynamics, like ClickDimensions, certainly has its advantages. This blog post explains how the Dataverse, Power Platform and ClickDimensions all connect and what it means for our customers. The post references CDS, but now you know that means you are living in the Dataverse.