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Google March 15 moved to improve its Google Apps upgrade

deliveries, adding a rapid release and scheduled release tracks to help IT

administrators prepare for application upgrades.

Google hosts Google Apps, including Google Docs, Gmail

and other collaboration applications on its cloud computing infrastructure.

Google’s practice has been to automatically provision upgrades for those apps

to customers.

While this approach saves IT managers the time and costs

of performing software upgrades and managing installers, some companies want to

better plan for new features.

“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,” said Anna Mongayt, from Google’s Enterprise


Google’s new feature release process lets Google Apps admins

have more control over when new features are provisioned to their companies’

Google Apps installations.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Google Apps Admins Get Rapid, Scheduled Release Tracks.