Between now and the release of 8.0, we will release Early Access Program (EAP) milestones once every 2 weeks. These will contain the breaking changes of the final platform release, to give vendors an opportunity to preview and develop against the changes of the platform release.
We have created a community discussion topic under the Jira Server category specifically to address the changes introduced with 8.0. The topic will have members of the Jira Product Management and Engineering team on hand to help answer any questions.
Changes available in Jira 8.0 m01
We have started upgrading Lucene from version 3.3 to a 7.3 version. For details regarding this change, see Lucene upgrade.
Slightly thinner bundle
This milestone does not contain Service Desk. For details of the milestone, see Important to know in Preparing for Jira 8.0.
Full scope of changes for Jira 8.0
Jira 8.0 will contain a number of breaking changes that we will introduce step by step across the upcoming milestones. If you want to keep track of the changes and monitor the EAPs in which they are introduces, refer to Preparing for Jira 8.0.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We know that a platform release can provide many unknowns. Here are some questions that we wanted to address with the information we currently have.
When will Jira 8.0 arrive?
While we are unable to provide an exact date, our current target to release Jira 8.0 is late in 2018. The release will not arrive until after Summit Europe later in 2018. The first early access program (EAP) milestone is available as of 14 August 2018, and we'll be releasing milestones once every 2 weeks over the coming months until we release the EAP beta. Learn more about the EAP release cadence. We strongly recommend vendors investigate the EAP builds and documentation to get a sense of the scope of the impact of 8.0.
Why would a customer upgrade to Jira 8.0? Will there be new end-user features?
Jira 8.0 will include other end-user features beyond the breaking technical changes above. However, we won't be publicly announcing the end-user features until we release Jira 8.0.
The additional end-user features will not impact the vendors or developers building on top of Jira.
Will there be breaking changes to Jira's APIs?
We do not yet know the scope of breaking changes to either the REST API or Java API. We are not planning major changes to either API, but we may update them with slight breaking changes, dependent on the progress of the updates above. We may also introduce new endpoints for app vendors and developers to use in Jira.
Are there any restrictions on who has access to the EAP builds of Jira 8.0?
No, there will not be any restrictions. EAPs are open to everyone.
Will there be additional resources to help us prepare?
Yes! In coordination with the EAP programs, we will provide more detail about breaking changes and the technical scope of Jira 8.0. We will also have technical documentation to provide detail on how to adopt the changes to Jira. We'll be publishing all the documentation on the EAP page.