Hello Community 👋🏼
I’m Makisa, a product manager on Confluence Server and Data Center. Today, I wanted to share an update about editing Confluence attachments.
Back in August 2018, we released Confluence 6.11 and replaced the Edit in Office feature with the Atlassian Companion app. There were several reasons why we made this change. Firstly, the Atlassian Companion app offers a better experience for end users, since it allows you to edit and upload changes to any type of Confluence attachment, not just Microsoft Office files. Secondly, it does not rely on WebDAV technology, which is increasingly becoming a limitation, with modern browsers either choosing not to support WebDAV or deciding to deprecate it. We used to provide a Firefox addon to allow this to work in Firefox. However, since Firefox Quantum (version 57), the addon is no longer compatible with Firefox.
Since the release of Confluence 6.11, many of you and your teams have told us about how you rely on Edit in Office and of several requirements that are not met with the Companion App. We also understand the recent spate of CVEs have forced many of you to upgrade ahead of schedule and lose access to Edit in Office. Because of this, we have revisited our original decision and want to provide you with more time to prepare for Edit in Office’s eventual removal. In 6.15.6 and backported to our Enterprise Release, 6.13.6 (due out on 24 June), we will be adding a dark feature toggle for you to turn on Edit in Office as a deprecated feature.
In future releases, we will look to address key requirements for the Companion App, such as using the app in a terminal services environment or with 2FA, in order to make this functionality more widely accessible. In our upcoming platform release of Confluence 7.0, support for both WebDAV and the Edit in Office feature will be removed and no longer available.
We will be working on communicating big feature changes like this ahead of time and hope you continue to share your feedback with us. Thanks as always for your patience and for helping us build this.
Makisa AppletonAtlassian Team
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