Confluence 7.0 Release Notes

   

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Read the upgrade notes for important info about this release and see the full list of issues resolved.


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Welcome to Confluence 7

It's been almost three years since Confluence 6.0 came along and changed the way we work together. Since then we've extended our Data Center offering, established Enterprise Releases to help you manage your upgrade cycle, and targeted end user pain points around search and the editor.

In Confluence 7.0 we're continuing to invest in the future of Confluence, providing solutions for geo-performance challenges, better upgrade planning tools, and new admin tools to help meet your organization's needs for years to come. 

As a platform release, it also contains the technical groundwork to set us up for future improvements to performance, scale, and enables us to continue to build a solid set of features to meet the needs of admins and end-users in large enterprises.

We're super excited to enter the Confluence 7 era. We have big plans, and whether you upgrade now, or wait for the Enterprise Release in the new year, we hope you'll join us for the ride. 

Improve geo-performance with CDN support

For DATA CENTER

Geographical distance has a measurable impact on page load times, so it's essential to reduce this overhead as much as possible when you have teams in multiple timezones. Don't let geography slow your team down. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) can help ease the frustration for distributed teams.

Our new CDN for Data Center feature allows you to serve static assets (such as JavaScript, CSS, and fonts) from servers closer to your users, resulting in faster page load times. For example, if your Confluence Data Center server (known as the origin) is located in Germany, a CDN can improve page load speeds for users located in Rio de Janeiro, as static assets will be served from an edge server in Brazil. In our test sites we saw significant reductions in network traffic and CPU usage, and our Apdex scores improved by as much as 15%.

To set it up:

  1. Use our template to spin up an AWS CloudFront distribution, or create an account with the CDN vendor of your choice.
  2. Update your load balancer and firewall to allow the CDN to reach your site.
  3. In Confluence, provide the CDN URL and enable CDN support.

Only static assets (such as JavaScript, CSS, and fonts) are cached. Pages, attached files, and personal data like avatars, are still served from your origin server.

Don't want to open your site to the public internet? No problem, you can deploy your own caching servers, instead of using a third-party CDN.

See Use a CDN with Atlassian Data Center applications for more info on how using a CDN might help your team.

Clean up Synchrony data automatically

For SERVER DATA CENTER

If you have a particularly busy Confluence site, you may have noticed that your database has gained a bit of weight since the introduction of collaborative editing. This is because Synchrony, the engine that powers collaborative editing, records every keystroke to keep editing sessions in sync. A great indicator of top-notch team collaboration, but bad news for your database.

Two new scheduled jobs will help keep this data under control:

  • The soft eviction job runs regularly, and proactively cleans up any Synchrony data that's no longer required. This will keep your Synchrony database tables from growing too large over time.
  • A hard eviction job is available for when you need to remove data more aggressively, for example if you've deleted a number of pages and need to make sure personally identifiable information contained in them is also removed from Synchrony. It's disabled by default, but there when you need it.

See How to remove Synchrony data to learn more about how these new jobs work.

Be better prepared for upgrades

For SERVER DATA CENTER

We know upgrades can involve a lot of planning and preparation, so we’ve added some extra features to make the job easier.

The new pre-upgrade planning tool brings together all the guidance you need in one place. We analyze your Confluence site, run some checks, and create an upgrade guide tailored to your instance and upgrade path.

Head to  > General Configuration > Plan your upgrade to check it out.

The best news? If you're running Confluence 6.5 or later, you can use this new tool to help you upgrade to Confluence 7 - just update the bundled Troubleshooting and Support Tools app to the latest version. 

Your upgrade journey doesn't end there, we've also introduced a new report feature to make the post-upgrade experience smoother. After a successful upgrade, we now display the status of your apps and application links, and highlight any important changes that may impact your systems or users.

Access the report at any time from  > General Configuration > Latest upgrade report.

Move your site to the Cloud

For SERVER DATA CENTER

We've made some exciting improvements to the Cloud Migration Assistant for Confluence. This app is invaluable if your team is considering a move to Confluence Cloud. 

The Migration Assistant app is now Data Center approved. This means you can move your Data Center site to Confluence Cloud at your own pace. The app also now supports user and group migration, giving you complete control over what you migrate.

Learn more in our Confluence migration planning guide - and see you on the other side! 

Gearing up for future success

For SERVER DATA CENTER

Platform releases give us a chance to make bigger, breaking changes to Confluence. While these changes may seem fairly insignificant on the face of it, they unlock a huge amount of potential for our team to ship great improvements, that help your team get work done in Confluence.

  • Atlassian platform and third party library upgrades 
    We upgraded many of the Atlassian maintained libraries, and several important third-party libraries including jQuery, Guava, and Spring framework. This helps us leverage recent improvements, and move quickly if vulnerabilities are found in these libraries in future.
  • AUI 8 upgrade
    We upgraded the Atlassian User Interface library to version 8. This update only has a handful of visual changes, but sets us up for future improvements.
  • Removing deprecated code
    Over the years we've deprecated a large number of code paths and libraries, but although deprecated, they remained available in the code. This means it was still possible to rely on superseded technology. We've now removed much of the code deprecated prior to Confluence 6.0. By doing this, all apps must to switch to newer, recommended methods which will improve the overall health of Confluence and its apps. 

Full details of all these changes can be found at Preparing for Confluence 7.0. If you've developed your own apps, integrations, or other customizations, we recommend you allow some time to thoroughly test them before upgrading.

Resolved issues

For full details of bugs fixed and suggestions resolved, head to Jira.

Issues resolved in 7.0.4

Released on 28 October 2019

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Issues resolved in 7.0.3

Released on 15 October 2019

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Issues resolved in 7.0.2

Released on 01 October 2019

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Issues resolved in 7.0.1

Released on 10 September 2019

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Get ready to upgrade

Before you upgrade, check out the Upgrade Notes for important changes in this release, then follow the usual upgrade instructions to upgrade your site.

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Been a while since your last upgrade? Check out our upgrade matrix for a bird's-eye view of the most important changes since Confluence 6.0.

Don't forget to renew your software maintenance. Renew now

Credits

Confluence 7.0 is brought to you by these fine people...
Development, design, and management

Ada Chen, Adilson Carvalho, Ales Huzik, Alex Blekhman, Alex Knight, Andrew Swan, Anthony Stonehouse, Becc Roach, Billy McCarthy, Brad Hyde, Brendan McNamara, Dee Pabst, Don Willis, Duy Luong, Efim Pyshnograev, Emily Chan, Ganesh Gautam, George Lipatov, Hasnae Rehioui, Huy Le, Jen Marfell, Jiri Hronik, Joe Xie, Kenny McLeod, Khoa Pham, Lukasz Grzyb, Makisa Appleton, Maksym Fedoryshyn, Mark Bereznitsky, Maui Duclercq, Max Leizerovich, Michelle Mortimer, Minh Tran, Nam Ho, Nhan Dang, Niraj Bhawnani, Oliver Shen, Paige Martin, Quan Pham, Rachel Robins, Renan Battaglin, Richard Atkins, Ruvi Pitiyarachchi, Said Madi, Sarah Haver, Slava Circel, Tam Tran, Tom Butler, Usman Khalid, Xinyi Xu, Zac Xu, with special guest appearances from several wonderful platform and apps teams.

Global Confluence support

Ahmad Faridi, Amanda Fernandez Anusuyia, Anderson Garcia, Andre Luis Marques, Andrew Smith, Anish Joseph, Anton Shaleev, Artur Jardim, Ashish Kotha, Athirah Zolkefli, Bernardo Andreeti, Blair Johnson, Boon Hui Tan, Brian Boyle, Brian Tom, Bruno Costa, Camila Santos, Carolina Batista, Chandranath Athikary, Chetan Shirsath, Chris Jeggo, Chuck Talk, Cole Aronson, Daniel Eads, Daniel Ponzio, Daniel Rohan, Daniel White, Dashini Nithianandhan, Dave Chevell, Dave Laser, Dayana Azmi, Derek, Howell, Diego Rodrigues, Duc On, Edson Viana, Eduardo Antunes, Eduardo Mallmann, Eric Lam, Eric Snyder, Felipe Morais, Gan VoonKiat, Giuliano de Campos, Gojko Paunovic, Greg Kowalczyk, Guilherme Viana, Gurleen Anand, Hassan Aftab, Hermance NDounga, Igor Muzaliov, Ivan Tse, Jaeha Lee, James Ponting, Jamie Baker, Janet Albion, Jason Bentrup, Jennifer van Leeuwen, Jeremy Ridge, Jonathan Soo Wai Hou, Jonathon Kennemer, Justin Wyllys, Kunal Gupta, Lauretha Rura, Lei Wang, Lipkent Ng, Lucas Machado, Mahesh Krishna, Malcolm Ninnes, Manuel Gomez, Marcelo Horlle, Martin Band, Mateus Machado, Michael Andreacchio, Michael Duong, Michael Nassette, Miranda Rawson, Mohamed Kurdi, Monique Khairuliana, Nancy Lopez, Neha Lokhande, Nikola Radenovic, Nobuyuki Mukai, Omar Raissi, Osimar Medeiros, Putri Nur Dayana Kamarudin, Rachel Fuerst, Renan Battaglin, Renata Bueno, Rick Bal, Rob Wieser, Robert Chang, Rodrigo Adami, Roman Sirotin, Rudy Slaiby, Sanford Sequeira, Sattesh Maran, Sean Yong, Shakti Samal, Shannon Spaniol, Shawn Cranford, Shilpa Rao Cherukumilli, Siddharth Bajaj, Stacey Carmichael, Stephanie Renfrow, Stephen Brannen, Stephen Sifers, Steve Shaw, Suren Raj, Syed Pasha, Takuya Nagasaka, Ted Costales, Thiago Masutti, Tomoko Suzuki, Vedvyas Choubay, Wade Lintz, Will Masters, Yilin Mo.

Our remarkable ecosystem...

Huge thanks to all our app vendors and solution partners. Platform releases can be tough, and we appreciate all your feedback and the hard work involved in making your apps compatible.

Our wonderful customers...

You play an important role in making Confluence better. Thanks to everyone who participated in interviews with us, made suggestions, voted, and reported bugs!

Last modified on Sep 10, 2019

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