Since launching the Jira Software 8.0 and Jira Service Desk 4.0 platform releases in February, many of you have been asking when the next Enterprise release will be so you can take advantage of the massive performance improvements, batched email notifications, the Jira Software mobile beta, and more.
We recognize that it is critical for our enterprise customers to have access to Enterprise releases on the new 8.0 & 4.0 platforms. That's why we’re giving you advance notice that our next Enterprise releases are targeting Q3 2019 (calendar year) and will be Jira Software Server & Data Center 8.5 and Jira Service Desk Server & Data Center 4.5.
Should you move to the latest Enterprise releases, or wait for the upcoming one?
If you are not on the latest Enterprise releases, we recommend upgrading to Jira Software 7.13 & Jira Service Desk 3.16. As a reminder, the two-year support window for Jira 7.6 will end on November 16, 2019.
If you work with a Technical Account Manager or Premier Support, consult your contact for a recommendation based on your environment and upgrade cadence.
Two big changes to our Enterprise release process (based on your feedback):
When is the next Confluence Enterprise release?
The Confluence team plans to follow the same ~12 month cadence between Enterprise releases (Confluence 6.13 was released in December 2018), so you can expect to see an update about the next Confluence Enterprise release in Q4 2019.
What can you expect from Enterprise releases?
Enterprise releases receive additional backported bug fixes and security updates from later feature releases throughout its two-year support window. If you manage a large, complex deployment of Jira and require significant effort to upgrade, an Enterprise release ensures you can remain on the release for longer if you prefer.
You can also expect to receive additional support and documentation from the Atlassian team, including a combined change log and performance benchmarks from the prior Enterprise release.