Features of the Okta platform travel through a regular lifecycle:
This lifecycle applies to most features and behaviors of the platform.
Note: Okta reserves the right to add new parameters, properties, or resources to the API without advance notice. These updates are non-breaking because they are additive. Follow the compatibility rules to ensure your application doesn’t break when additive changes are made. Breaking changes such as removing or renaming an attribute are released as a new version of the API, and Okta provides a migration path for new API versions.
Changes, regardless of lifecycle stage, are always reported in the Platform Release Notes.
|Description||Beta (High touch)||Beta (Low touch)||EA||GA||Deprecated|
|Contact with Product Team||X|
|API Changes||Subject to change||Subject to change||Backwards compatible||Backwards compatible||N/A|
|Announced in Release Notes||X||X||X|
|In preview orgs||By invitation||By invitation||By request||X||X|
|In production orgs||By request||X||X|
Features in Beta are managed and supported by the Product Team and have been internally validated for a set of use cases. Minimal documentation is supplied for platform Beta releases; API endpoint and configuration information are usually supplied.
Important: Okta only enables Beta features in non-production or sandbox environments, because features in Beta aren’t supported by Okta Customer Support and may change at any time during the Beta release.
Okta selects a small number of customers for early testing of features in a Beta release. Customers participating in a Beta program agree to provide feedback which is required for maturing the feature; however, the timeline for addressing specific areas of feedback (including bugs) is determined by Okta’s market requirements for that feature. Any customer interested in a feature in Beta must apply by visiting our Beta Signup page. Only customers with use cases that match our use cases are invited.
Beta releases are either high touch or low touch:
Documentation for features in Beta release is marked with the Beta icon: Beta
A feature in an Early Access (EA) release is new or enhanced functionality made available for customers to selectively “opt-in” to and use in both Production and non-Production environments.
Features in EA:
Note: A platform feature may skip EA if it doesn’t affect other features or functionality. Also, although we strive for API-first development, a platform feature in EA may add functionality later.
Any bug fixes or improvements are managed and fixed with the same timeline and processes as those in General Availability.
Features in EA release are marked with the EA icon: Early Access
A feature in General Availability (GA) is new or enhanced functionality that is enabled by default for all customers. Beginning in February 2017, features move from EA (enabled by request) to GA (enabled for all orgs) in a regular cadence:
Features in GA are supported by Okta Customer Support, and issues are addressed according to your Customer Agreement with Okta.
Documentation for features in GA release are not marked with any icons.
A feature identified as Deprecated is no longer recommended and may be removed in the future. The recommended path forward is included in the relevant documentation, libraries, or references. When Okta schedules an end-of-life plan, that information is also included.
Documentation for features that have been deprecated are marked with the Deprecated icon: Deprecated
Some changes may not go through the full Beta-EA-GA lifecycle:
Changes like these may be released to preview orgs any week of the month, and appear in production the next week.
Other exceptions include:
As with all changes that affect our customers, changes outside the regular Beta-EA-GA lifecycle are reported in the Platform Release Notes.