This page contains a list of major policies agreed upon by the Apache Beam community.
Apache Beam makes minor releases every 6 weeks, therefore 8 releases in a 12 month period. Apache Beam has a calendar for cutting the next release branch. After a release branch is cut, the community works quickly to finalize that release. We encourage you to update early and often; do not wait until the deprecation date of the version you are using.
It is up to the Apache Beam community to decide whether an identified issue is a major issue that warrants a patch release. Some examples of major issues are high severity security issues and high risk data integrity issues.