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Shipping changes that are enterprise-friendly

Shipping changes to enterprise customers requires some extra due-diligence.

Millions of users rely on Chromium browsers to do their job. For home use, we strive to make the browser as simple and safe as we can, by taking complex configurations off people's minds. However, in small and large enterprises, this is a task left to specialists who need their browser to fit in the complex puzzle of hardware and software that drives their organization. Enterprise customers:

Even changes that are not targeted for enterprises may still have an effect on them. (Non-exhaustive) examples:

Any change that's likely to affect enterprises should follow these guidelines, easing the burden for IT admins managing their fleets, and reducing the number of changes that need to be reverted from the stable channel.

How to ship enterprise-friendly changes

1. Give enterprises visibility

If your change has a Chrome launch bug, it includes an enterprise review. The enterprise team will use this as an input to the enterprise release notes, so no action is required from you yet.

If your change does not have a Chrome launch bug with an enterprise review, describe your planned changes by joining and emailing the chromium-enterprise technical discussion group, at least 3 milestones (~3 months) prior to launch to stable, and sooner than that for highly disruptive changes.

Include:

We will announce the changes in the "Coming Soon" section of the enterprise release notes before your change ships to stable and in the "This release" section when the change goes to stable. If you've announced the changes in the chromium-enterprise technical discussion group, or if it has a Chrome launch bug, the enterprise team will reach out to you to confirm the plan and the wording each time the release notes are written (don't worry if schedules have changed since last time; this is normal).

2. Give enterprises control

Include a policy to control the new change, where possible. The specifics depend on the exact change, but here's a best practice that works for most disruptive changes

Introduce a policy that can force the new behavior on or force the behavior off. If the policy is not set (i.e. for consumers), the behavior is defined by a Finch config.

Need more help?

Feel free to email chromium-enterprise@chromium.org with any questions.