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Announcing Confluence 7.4 as the next Enterprise release

Enterprise releases are now called Long Term Support releases

As of June 29th, 2020, Enterprise releases are now called Long Term Support releases. The security bug fix policy for these releases was also updated - we will continue to backport critical security bug fixes and now when architecturally possible, all other security bug fixes are backported to the release for 24 months. To learn more about this change, view our Community post.

Hello Confluence community!

We know that many of our enterprise customers are already using the most recent Enterprise release, Confluence 6.13, and are awaiting an Enterprise release for the new 7.x platform. We are excited to announce that Confluence 7.4 will be the first Enterprise release in the 7.x series when it becomes available (around March - April 2020). We hope that this early announcement helps you plan for your next upgrade.

 

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Similar to Jira Software and Jira Service Desk, we’re strengthening our Enterprise release offering based on your feedback. While in the past we've waited for several bug fix releases to be available before announcing that the version was an enterprise release, Confluence 7.4.0 will be designated an Enterprise release at launch. We will be using the full development cycle between 7.3 and 7.4 to focus on additional testing and quality.

 

What can you expect from Enterprise releases?

Enterprise 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.

Cheers,

Ada

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Hello Atlassian,

Could you fix the ordering of tables in https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONFSERVER-38083 please?

It really sounds clumsy to tell our clients each time "Yeah we know it doesn't sort correct. It only works within an english browser or with english language settings.."

People really don't expect that from a product that has a major version 7.

Ada Chen Atlassian Team Mar 02, 2020

Hi @Alexander and @Joost - Thanks for your feedback. I see you've found the specific tickets you're interested in, and I would encourage you to leave feedback on the tickets directly for our team.

Hello Atlassian,

Is it a matter of days or weeks at this point?

Asking for a friend who might have an EOL version...

Ada Chen Atlassian Team Mar 10, 2020

Hi @Karen Mixon - We can't comment on specific release dates, however you are more than welcome to take a look at our development release: https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/preparing-for-confluence-7-4-991930401.html

When will Confluence and Bitbucket get Zero-Downtime Upgrade capabilities?

Hi @Ada Chen

Our Confluence got EOL reminder, do you have exactly date for 7.4 version Release, what is your suggestion, should we wait 7.4 or we upgrade 7.3 first to solve the EOL problem.

it's quite urgent, looking forward your feedback.

Ada Chen Atlassian Team Mar 19, 2020

Hi @Qiyong Zhang  - We can't provide exact dates for releases, as timelines are subject to shift, however we are still targeting a March - April release.

While we do not provide support for instances on versions that have reached EOL, we do provide exceptions for assistance related to upgrading from your EOL version to a supported version. If you need help with your upgrade, whether it's to 7.3 or 7.4, please raise a ticket at: https://support.atlassian.com/ 

Hi @Ada Chen,

Has the target 'March-April' for the Enterprise release changed with the recent events going on around the world?

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Ada Chen Atlassian Team Mar 30, 2020

Hi @Jonny Polivka - As per my last update on the 19th, we are still targeting a March - April release. If anything changes, a member of our team will provide an update on the Community. 

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Just noticed that 7.4.0 is out! 

https://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/download

 

CCM

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