New look and navigation coming to the server version as well?

Hi all,

there's this fancy new look and navigation (user interface) for the cloud version of Confluence.

Can you help me out as I was not able to find the information when (and in which version) the new look is coming available into the server version?

And what is Atlassian's philosophy on the development of the cloud vs. the server versions? Will the development of the server version follow the development of the cloud version? Will all the features on the cloud be later available on the server?

Many thanks! :)

Br, Hanna

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Hi Hanna!

A lot of this information was announced at the 2017 Summit in Europe, but I haven't seen it officially documented online yet. Here's the gists:

  1. Atlassian committed to "deciding" if the new look and feel (Atlassian Design Guidelines v3 or ADG3) would come to server "by the end of the year" - this was just a deadline for making the decision, not a timeline for actual implementation.
  2. Features will be generally released on Cloud first and make it to Server and Data Center once they've been refined. However, not every feature released on Cloud will make it in to Server from this point on. They have decided to split into Cloud, Server, and Data Center product lines to better serve the people in those particular applications. For instance, lots of improvements were made in the JIRA Server install/upgrade process that don't have any impact on Cloud.

Hope that helps!

Great, thank you Daniel!

@Hanna P. KorhonenPersonally I am very happy that the fancy new UI of Confluence Cloud has NOT been rolled out to Confluence Server yet. There are some major drawbacks to it, and we have just decided not to upgrade our Confluence Server instance anymore to avoid this UI redesign.

For details please see here:

Any word on whether the new UI is going to hit Jira Server?  It's so outdated and cloud looks slick!

May 2018 Update

Jira 7.10 (currently in Early Access) is the first release to bring changes to Server - color scheme, typography, icons. You can take a look at the screenshots here for a preview. Based on the cadence of previous Jira releases, you can probably expect to see Jira 7.10 available sometime mid-June.

Longer term there will be additional changes - check out the official Atlassian response here.

Sneak peak from the blog post:


Nice! Looks great, not completely the same as cloud right? Thanks.

Right - for instance the left sidebar navigation is definitely not the same as Cloud. From what I've read so far, there are not plans to majorly change the navigation in Server. But with the giant disclaimer that things are subject to change and this is only the first upcoming release with some of the ADG3 updates.

There are a LOT of people who really don't want the Cloud navigation to go anywhere near server.  I'm not so strongly opinionated, although I would say the Cloud navigation is nowhere near ready to go out to users yet.

I prefer the menu on top of my screen as it is easier and faster to work with. 

Any news on this subject?

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