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Announcing Confluence 7.13 as the next LTS release

Hello Confluence community!

We know that many of our enterprise customers are already using the most recent LTS (Long Term Support) release, Confluence 7.4 and are awaiting the next LTS release for all of the great features and functionality that have shipped since. We are excited to announce that Confluence 7.13 will be the next LTS release of the 7.x series when it becomes available (around April - June 2021). We hope that this announcement helps you plan for your next upgrade.

If you plan to upgrade only once this year, we recommend moving to Confluence 7.13 when it becomes available. Confluence 7.13 will be the first LTS release to feature the new bundled apps in Confluence Data Center (Analytics for Confluence and Team Calendars) and will enable your team to take advantage of all the additional features we’ve released since 7.4, as well as hundreds of bug fixes and security improvements that have shipped as well.

As a quick reminder for those customers currently on Confluence 6.13, the end of life (EOL) date for Confluence 6.13 was originally planned for December 4, 2020. However, we decided to extend the support window until Confluence 7.13 is available to accommodate more time to plan your upgrade.

If you work with a Technical Account Manager or Premier Support, consult your contact for a recommendation based on your environment and upgrade cadence.

What can you expect from Enterprise releases?

LTS releases receive backported bug fixes and security updates throughout their two-year support window. If you manage a large, complex Confluence deployment that requires significant effort to upgrade, the ongoing support provided by an Enterprise release ensures you have access to regular bug fix releases, without the risk and overhead of a major version upgrade.



Thank you - one question.  If the release date for 7.13 is pushed out can we safely assume the EOL date for 6.13 will be as well? 

How much of a window will users have from the time 7.13 is released until 6.13 is truly EOL?  Users will need time to assess their instances, plan the upgrade, schedule downtime, and perform UAT.

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Hi @Robert Horan thanks for your question. Yes, if 7.13 needs to be pushed out, we will similarly adjust the EOL date for 6.13.

We aim to support two LTS at any one time, three in special cases where the dates require it. While 6.13 will reach EOL when 7.13 is released, if you/customers need assistance to upgrade, our teams will of course provide support. The major change is that we will no longer backport fixes to 6.13, as we will for 7.4 and 7.13.

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Is there an updated ETA on 7.13?  

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Hi all, Is there an updated ETA on 7.13?

Hi @Robert Horan and @Ollie Guan_携程 thanks for your question. Confluence 7.12 is due to ship this week and 7.13 is still within our expected range of April to June (although, 7.13 won't be in April). We generally don't communicate our target dates as there are any number of things that may cause us to delay shipping to ensure that we are confident in a high-quality and stable version.

You may choose to test with 7.12 however, in preparation for the 7.13 LTS, as there will not be any additional feature inclusions. We are looking at resolving some high impact bugs in 7.12.1, which will then also be included in 7.13. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Thanks, but please understand that testing with 7.12 is not a realistic scenario - this particular instance is at 6.13 and there are no plans to move to a non-LTS release.  Upgrading this instance at all is going to be a non-trivial effort, and adding in a second upgrade point will only further complicate the process.  Upgrading to the current LTS release seems inadvisable, given its EOL is not that far off.

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Hi @Makisa Appleton -- Now that Confluence 7.13 will no longer be shipping in April, are there plans to bump Confluence 6.13's advertised EOL date from April 30, 2021 to a later date on the page?

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@Jason Unsworth - this was answered above.  I asked the same question.


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