G Suite has become one of the world’s most popular workplace productivity and collaboration platforms, but like any cloud-based solution, it’s always evolving. The world of enterprise IT has become one of constant innovation, whereby companies find themselves under increasing pressure to adopt new technologies and familiarise themselves with new solutions as soon as they become available. After all, technological innovation and awareness are now key priorities for businesses seeking to keep up with the competition.
For a G Suite administrator, keeping up-to-date with this dynamic platform isn’t always easy, but it’s important to stay informed if you want to continue making the most out of the platform. The G Suite Updates blog provides the most important information, since it covers major updates and helps keep readers in touch with the directions Google is taking.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t cover all the smaller changes and new features, which are launched on a weekly or even daily basis. Fortunately, last month, Google released a new Help Centre article to provide a more thorough overview of new G Suite launches.
Track Both Rapid and Scheduled Releases
Since all G Suite apps and services are delivered exclusively over the cloud, there’s never any need for administrators to worry about installing updates. Nonetheless, it’s still wise to keep informed about new features as they’re announced.
Google also provides a choice between rapid and scheduled releases. Rapid releases allow you to access any changes and new features from the moment they’re released to the public. However, Google recommends that you instead use the scheduled release track, which gives you at least one week to review and prepare for any upcoming changes. The new update information portal provides release dates for scheduled releases, but it also lists updates that have already been released via the Rapid Release track.
With changes constantly happening in the world of G Suite, it’s important that your whole team has a unified understanding of how to best utilise the tools available, and this means being prepared for updates. Nonetheless, changing to the Rapid Release track can make sense for teams that are particularly familiar with technology and feel confident enough to be early adopters of new features. Administrators can change their release track by taking the following steps:
- Navigate to the G Suite Control Panel
- Go to your company profile
- Select either ‘Scheduled release’ or ‘Rapid release’ from the New User Features section
- Click ‘Save’
The G Suite release process also features different rollout speeds for updates of varying levels of complexity. For example, Google won’t release a major platform overhaul without giving due notice. Extended rollouts tend to apply to the biggest and most complex updates and may take longer than two weeks for all features listed to become available. Full rollouts, by contrast, typically happen within a couple days and are concerned with only minor updates unlikely to have a significant impact on usability or functionality.
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