Atlassian has announced that a free tier for all of the company’s services that didn’t already offer one is coming. Atlassian now also offers discounted cloud pricing for academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. This is great for smaller companies that want to upgrade from the popular Trello platform, which is also owned by Atlassian.
Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Desk and Jira Core will get free tiers in the coming months. Exactly what the limits will be on these free tiers is yet to be seen, but it is safe to assume that the current 10 user tier that is the entry level will probably be free. In addition to this we will also see an extension of the trial version which is very short today. This allow companies to better evaluate before committing to a purchase.
"We’re announcing free plans of Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Desk, and Jira Core – available in the coming months. This adds to the existing free offerings already in place for Trello, Bitbucket, and Opsgenie to give teams of all sizes, even small ones, a set of fundamental capabilities for team collaboration." - Reaching new heights in the cloud
For me this is great news as it allow many smaller companies to get introduced to Jira. This allow Jira to organically become a foundation of the workflow as the companies grow. This should multiply the use of Jira quite a bit, especially with the new next-gen features that are very similar to Trello. I like this move quite a bit and I look forward to hearing more about this as the new tiers are published.