Feeds

Google splits Google Apps suite in two

Get new stuff now. Or get it when you're good and ready

Top three mobile application threats

Google has separated its Google Apps suite into two separate "release tracks": one that provides access to the latest tools as soon as they're ready, and a second that releases new tools on a regular weekly schedule.

"We’re always excited to bring you the newest features as soon as they’re ready, but we’ve heard from some customers with complex IT environments that they’d like more notice before new features are deployed to their users," the company said in a blog post. "To address these requests, we’re happy to announce a new feature release process aimed at helping you balance the benefits of accessing improvements as soon as they're ready with the task of integrating the changes into your organization."

The company now offers a "rapid release" track and a "scheduled release track". The later is designed to let admins test new features and educate their companies before new features actually arrive on their systems. On this track, new features will be released each Tuesday, and admins will receive at least a week's notice after a feature makes its debut in the rapid release track.

Gmail, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Sites will all follow this new setup. If you already have "pre-release features" selected on your Google Apps admin control panel – i.e., you were set up to use features that were still in beta – you will automatically be included in the new rapid release track. All others will be put into the scheduled release track. But you can switch tracks via the control panel.

Google has also launched a new site designed to educate Google Apps admins and users. Available at whatsnew.googleapps.com, it's a place "to learn about recent and upcoming features, and find training resources for your users". Google points out that if you switch to scheduled release track today, you may temporarily lose Google Apps features you're already using. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Brit boffins use TARDIS to re-route data flows through time and space
'Traffic Assignment and Retiming Dynamics with Inherent Stability' algo can save ISPs big bucks
Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data
Adds new big data tools in quest for 'ambient intelligence'
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.