Atlassian doesn't publish release dates in advance.
Speaking personally as a QA engineer - although teams are usually working towards some kind of a target date, in the end you get a better product if the "OK! Ship it!" decision is made based on whether it's reached a desired quality bar, not a fixed date. It's the old "Time, Scope, Quality - Pick any two" triangle :-)
There are a lot of significant changes in Confluence 4.0 - with the new editor and storage format - so the Confluence team is working very hard on making sure it's right.
Back in the day, the lag between "We're done coding" and the actual release was the time it took to upload the binaries to the website and write the announcement email. These days the ship is a lot bigger and there are a lot more people and things that have to be set in motion. The countdown clock went up about the same time we knew what the release date was. :)
As mentioned in the Confluence State of the Union at Atlassian Summit, Confluence 4.0 is a scope based release, not a time bound release.
Introducing a new editor is an enormous change for users and we need to make sure we get it right before shipping it to our customers.
We hope to ship Confluence 4.0 by the end of the quarter (end of September). That's our current goal.
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