Google Apps launch announcement improvements

Based on customer feedback and in an effort to help Google Apps admins better digest and communicate launches to their users, starting today we’ll be adding more structured information to our launch announcements regarding the expected rollout pace, impact, and recommended actions for each launch.

Moving forward, each launch announcement will include one selection from each of the categories below:

Launch Details

Release track: 

  • Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release, OR
  • Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in [X] weeks

Rollout pace*: 

  • Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility), OR
  • Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)


  • Admins only (e.g. a new report is available in the Admin console), OR
  • All end users (e.g. a new feature is available in Google Docs)


  • Admin action required (e.g. a product or feature is being deprecated and there is a window for Apps admins to export data prior to the removal), OR
  • Admin action suggested (e.g. a new security feature is launching default off; Apps admins may want to enable it in the Admin console), OR
  • Change management required (e.g. a common UI experience is changing significantly; change management assets will be provided by Google), OR
  • Change management suggested/FYI (e.g. a low impact feature enhancement)

*Rollout pace is the originally planned pace and is subject to change

Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted

Launch release calendar
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