Google added a new category called Google Enterprise APIs, which will consist of APIs from Google Cloud, Google Workspace, and Google Maps. As a result, these APIs and others like them falling under the new category must comply with stricter guidelines when implementing changes that could influence customer software built around them.
- Kripa Krishnan, vice president at Google Cloud, says these guidelines should help ensure features aren't altered in a way that is not backward compatible while a customer uses the API.
- If such a change is absolutely necessary, Krishan says these new guidelines mean the responsibility will fall upon Google to make the experience an easy one for customers.
- Google has historically drawn criticism for ending support for services without giving customers much notice, as it did in 2013 with Google Reader.