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  • Atlassian Cloud changes Feb 17 to Feb 24, 2020

    Jimi Wikman

    This is a repost from Atlassian's blog where the latest updates to the Atlassian cloud platform is posted. It is reposted here since the Atlassian blog does not have an RSS feed and so we can discuss the changes to the Atlassian Cloud architecture. You can follow these posts withe the tag "atlassian cloud changes".

    Atlassian Cloud

    Your cloud-hosted products are supported by the Atlassian Cloud platform. This section usually includes changes related to multiple Atlassian Cloud products, site administration, and user management.

    Email users with suggested account changes 

    From the Change details button, you can suggest that a user changes their account details to make their profile more consistent and easier to identify. Read more about administering Atlassian accounts.

    Give your users a Trusted permission 

    From a user's Permission options, select Trusted to give certain users more responsibility. These users will be able to install and configure new products on your site and invite new users themselves.

    Claim accounts after verifying a domain 

    To start managing accounts on your domain, we’ve included an additional step that requires you to claim accounts after verifying that you own the domain. From the table on the Domains page, click Claim accounts next to the verified domain. Read more about verifying a domain.


    Jira platform

    Changes in this section usually apply to all Jira products. We'll tell you in the change description if something is only for a specific Jira product.

    New issue view: Improved messages for anonymous updates in history 

    We were incorrectly showing updates by anonymous users (users who haven’t logged in) in the history feed as “Jira automatically updated…” We’ll correctly show them as “Anonymous user updated…” from now on.

    Create roles to fine-tune permissions and access in your next-gen projects

    Roles allow you to fine-tune how people access and interact with your project. In real life, people play different roles in your project work. Your team may have a dedicated Scrum master, or you may work with consultants or contractors.

    In Jira, different roles may need limited access to the content of your team’s work. Or, you might want to limit what some people are able to do in your project. For example, you may want to allow only your team’s Scrum masters to plan and manage your upcoming sprints. Or, you might want to prevent a consultant from changing an issue’s status.

    In next-gen projects, you can tweak the way people interact with your project by creating your own roles with specific project permissions. Then, when you add people to your project, you can assign them a role to ensure they interact the way you expect them to.

    To try it out, go to Project settings > Access in your next-gen project (Project settings > Internal access in your next-gen service desk). Learn more.

    Tame your site’s custom fields

    See the number of custom fields on your site, so you know if they’re getting out of hand. We've introduced icons to illustrate each type of custom field so you can easily identify them. We’ve also grouped screens and contexts for each custom field into a single Screens and contexts column to make them easier to edit and make the page more readable. Head to Jira settings > Issues > Custom fields to check it out.

    Click a field’s screens or contexts links to:

    • Edit its name and description.
    • Associate it with screens.
    • Create, edit, or delete contexts.
    • Set or edit its default value.

    Learn more about custom fields.

    Next-gen: Epic panel in backlog 

    You can now manage epics on the backlog of your next-gen project via the Epics panel, similar to how epic management works in classic Jira Software projects. Changes you make in the panel on the backlog will reflect on the Roadmap, and vice-versa.

    New issue view: Add web links 

    Save time and add context to your issues by adding web links in the new issue view. Web links are links to any URL, but they appear prominently below the issue description where they’re easy for you and other issue viewers to find. Use them to link to important sites that teammates might need to better understand an issue.

    We’re also moving all issue link types, including web links, into the Link issue button. Click Link issue to quickly link related issues or click the down arrow on the button to add links to web pages and Confluence pages (if you have a linked Confluence site).

    Find issues you've recently worked on 

    We’ve added a new Worked on tab to the Your work page. This tab lets you quickly find and resume work on issues you’ve updated recently. Head to Your work > Worked on to get started.

    Having trouble with next-gen projects? Better help is here. 

    We improved our in-product help experience. Try the (question)Help button in the navigation bar to see help articles related to your next-gen project or service desk.


    Jira Software

    We're rolling out a new type of project known as next-gen. By default, any Jira Software licensed user can create their own next-gen project. These projects don't affect existing Jira projects, shared configurations, or your schemes. You can manage who's allowed to create next-gen projects with the new Create independent projects global permission. Read more about next-gen projects.

    GitHub app on the Atlassian Marketplace 

    We've partnered with GitHub to build a new and improved integration, which you can install at the Atlassian Marketplace. This replaces the DVCS connector in Jira's system settings. Current GitHub integrations set up under the old method will continue to work, but new integrations must be set up using the app on the Atlassian Marketplace. We're rolling out this update gradually, so it may not be on your Jira Cloud site yet.

    This won't affect GitHub Enterprise integrations, which must still be set up via the DVCS connector.

    Next-gen: Create child issues on your roadmap 

    You can now add child issues directly on your roadmap. Just hover over an epic, click the + icon, and give your issue a name. Learn more about managing epics on the roadmap.

    Kanban boards just got faster 

    Is your team so productive, their 'Done' column is always overflowing? Too many issues on a board can slow it down and make you scroll way too much. To fix this, we’re bringing what we’ve codenamed “Fast Kanban”—a way to keep your board fresh and clean, and as quick as a flash.

    The idea behind it is simple. The ‘Done’ column will now show only issues that have been updated (in any way) in the last 2 weeks, hiding the rest. Less noise on your board means happier teams. Any project admin can change the retention period, or choose to display all issues, if they prefer. Learn more

    Copy issue links from boards and backlogs 

    Don’t spend time opening and closing issues just to copy a link to the issue. From a board or backlog, right-click on an issue and choose Copy issue link.


    Jira Service Desk

    New issue view for Jira Service Desk 

    The new issue view groups key actions and information in a logical way, making it easier for you to scan and update requests. Learn more about the new issue view.

    Use keyboard shortcuts in your queues 

    Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate around your queues and get your work done faster. You can now move through issues, select their fields, and go to the issue view from your queues just by using your keyboard!

    Global create can select request type and raise on behalf of 

    You can now create a request on behalf of your customers and set them as the reporter. Use the global create button ( + ), then select Raise this request on behalf of and add in your customer's email.



    Your editing experience just got an upgrade 

    The new Confluence editor allows anyone to create beautiful, powerful pages effortlessly. Check out the editor roadmap to learn more.

    End of support for nested tables 

    As we work on creating a more stable editing experience, we will no longer support nested tables - that is, a table within a list, block quotes, or another table. Existing nested tables will not be affected, you simply won't be able to create new nested tables.

    All new pages are created using the new Confluence editor 

    The Blank page template that is selected by default when creating a new page uses the new editor.

    We're extending editing improvements to all pages on Android 

    The editing improvements we made to blogs a few months ago are coming to the rest of your Android mobile pages, too. In addition to being faster and more reliable, your new pages are also responsive, optimized for readability, and have advanced tables. Some macros are still missing as we rebuild them, but you can check the list of changes and track updates to macros on our docs site.

    Annotate images in the new editor 

    Annotate images by adding text, inserting shapes and lines, using brushes, or adding a blur to a certain area.

    Confluence Cloud recent pages drawer 

    We’ve made it easier to get to the pages you visited or worked with most recently. A new action has been added to the global sidebar that presents you with a list of your recent pages; interaction-specific tabs help you narrow the list based on your actions, like visited, edited, or saved as draft.

    Share pages directly with your team

    It’s now easier to share pages with everyone on your team, all in one go. When you click Share on any page or blog post, Confluence now lets you add a team – no need to enter each person individually. Learn more

    Jira issue URLs are converted to smart links 

    When you paste a Jira issue link into a Confluence page, the URL is converted to a smart link that displays the page icon and the page title. This works if the Jira and Confluence sites are linked or if they are both cloud versions.

    Convert pages to use the new editor 

    You can now convert your existing pages that were created using the legacy editor to use the new editing experience! Learn more

    Confluence navigation just got better 

    Get to information faster with improved navigation – making what you need visible from anywhere in Confluence. Learn more

    Align and resize images in tables in the new editor 

    When images are inserted in table cells, you now have the ability to align and resize them.

    Portfolio for Jira plan macro 

    The Portfolio for Jira plan Confluence macro lets you embed a Portfolio for Jira Server and Data Center plan in a Confluence page. Join key stakeholders in the spaces where business goals are built and tracked, and share how work is progressing across multiple projects and teams.

    Improved expand element replaces the macro 

    Content creators just got a better way to control the way information is presented. The existing expand macro has been replaced with a quicker, easier way to include the expand functionality. Insert the improved expand element using /expand or by inserting the element from the editor's Insert toolbar.

    New loading progress bar 

    Now when a page is loading, you’ll see a thin blue loading bar slide across your screen, just under the top navigation, to give you a better idea how quickly your page is loading. This is for users with the improved navigation experience activated.



    New Code Review - Limit the amount of rendered diff content 

    Limits the amount of pull request content rendered in the diff and file tree to improve browser performance. Limits include the overall # of files and # of lines for the entire diff. Learn more

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