Google is changing their update release cycle, what does this mean?

Google has recently made a new Chrome OS update of M96. This new update comes with some big updates. With this new release, Google is now sending out updates every four weeks instead of every six weeks. With the new monthly update releases, your devices will now be getting their updates more frequently. In addition to more frequent updates, Google also allows access to their long-term support(LTS) channels that will run on a six-month cycle.

So what does this mean for your organization? Enterprise and EDU IT admins with the new M96 release will now have to plan their organization's internal processes by a four-week cycle instead of a six-week cycle. Make sure that you and your team are prepared for this. Google recommends that you explore help desk training, management process updates, and resource planning.

What do you need to do? Google recommends that if your organization pins your Chrome OS updates to a certain version, that you look into using the long-term support channel. This will keep your devices on a specific level for up to six months while keeping your devices current with security updates.

Keep in mind that this will not allow you to change a device from a higher version to a lower version.

If you already have your devices set to auto-update, do not change the settings. Make sure that you inform your IT management and support teams know about this change.

To learn more about how to change your release schedule, check out the link here.

If you have any questions, you can contact Google through the Admin Console, or watch the Chrome Enterprise: How to contact support through the admin console.

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