Neverware has worked hard to make CloudReady a great experience. In that process, we've identified differing needs between Chrome OS and CloudReady that help dictate the best possible release cadence.
Google’s Chrome Releases Blog lets us know that a major version change (e.g. 66 -> 67) for Chrome and Chrome OS happens every ~6 weeks or so. But in between major releases, minor releases come out (e.g. 66.1.x -> 66.1.x). Those minor releases make small changes to help specific hardware or software work better or sometimes patch minor bugs. At Neverware, we have the various different hardware to support (the hardware you already have!), and our in-house QA team wants to release e.g:68 when it is as stable as possible. To accomplish both of these goals at once, our policy is to wait until Google has gone through their series of minor releases to stabilize a major release before we send it out.
All this means that we try to stay 1-2 versions behind Google's "Latest Stable" version to improve stability since they push so many small patches and updates from one version to the next. Our updates are delivered about once every 4-6 weeks depending on how many changes we have and how much careful QA changes are needed. once the release is as stable as possible, we merge it into CloudReady and deploy it to you: just long enough for Google to fully stabilize everything, and for us to make sure the new changes play nicely with your converted PCs and Macs.
Edition and versions:
Version number ending with .1 - is a developer release available for home edition users
Version number ending with .2 - is a beta release for the home edition and developer release for paid edition users
Version number ending with .3 - is a stable release available for the home edition and beta release for paid edition users
Version number ending with .4 - is the final stable release for paid edition users
How Do I Get Updates?
Updates work just like they do for Chromebooks - we’ll host them on our Cloud Servers and your CloudReady machines will download the update and install it in the background. When it’s ready, you and your users will start to see a small “Upgrade” arrow in the system tray. Just reboot the computer and you’re ready to go - since the upgrade is pre-installed, an upgrade reboot doesn’t take any extra time.
Remember: If your CloudReady machines are enrolled in Google’s MGMT console, then they will follow settings you put there. So Auto-Updates will need to be enabled to get this, and any future, release.
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