Confluence 8.6 beta is available now

This week we released a beta for Confluence 8.6. There are changes in this release that may directly affect 3rd-party apps.

New in 8.6

To find out what’s in this release, check out the Confluence 8.6 beta release notes.

Get started

Download the beta from our site to start testing your app for compatibility with the changes. Be sure to take a look at our Preparing for Confluence 8.6 guide to find out what you need to do to make your app compatible. We’ll update that page regularly, so keep an eye on it to see any changes.

The Atlassian Confluence team

Hi @Wendy

Thank you for sharing information about the new version.

I noticed one difference between 8.6.0-beta1 and previous releases 8.6 (mXX) - from what I see, the Joda-Time library was removed without any additional information - is this intentional (maybe I missed something in earlier releases) or maybe this library will be restored in the next version?


Why isn’t a server version included in this upgrade. For those of us who have paid for support and upgrades for the “server” license through the EOL date of February 2024, it seems like you are short changing us several (5) months by dropping product updates before the end of our contracts.

Hi @DanSchwartz, seen and heard. I’ve shared your comment with the product team and will come back shortly with a response.

Hi @adam.labus as always, thanks for the question. I’ll pass this one to our product engineers, and get them to chime in directly with a response.

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Hi Adam. The joda-time library is still part of the application, but it’s no longer exposed as a transitive Maven dependency of the confluence artifact. If you need to continue to use it, just add a provided-scope dependency to your own POM. The version is still managed via the confluence-plugins-platform-pom, so you shouldn’t need to worry about the version.

Note this is purely a build-time breaking change. At runtime, joda-time is still available via OSGi as before.

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Hi @kmacleod

Thank you for the clarification :slight_smile:


Hi @DanSchwartz, thanks for the question (and sorry for my late reply). Here is the response from the team:

We will continue to offer maintenance and support for Server through to February 15th, 2024.
On 2 February 2021, we announced the end of Server product feature development and informed customers that we are no longer developing new features for Server products. We’ll continue to provide bug fixes for Server products until February 15, 2024 PT.
The Confluence 8.5.x Long Term Support release will be our last Confluence Server version to ensure there is an adequate window for customers to plan and complete an upgrade prior to February.
Read our latest update on Server end of support

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