Nextcloud https://nextcloud.com/ Regain control over your data Tue, 23 Jul 2024 13:21:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.5 https://nextcloud.com/c/uploads/2022/03/favicon.png Nextcloud https://nextcloud.com/ 32 32 Global outage shows lack of digital sovereignty and resilience https://nextcloud.com/blog/global-outage-shows-lack-of-digital-sovereignty-and-resilience/ Mon, 22 Jul 2024 15:35:40 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=240928 A CrowdStrike update took down countless Microsoft systems, disrupting flights, surgeries, banking and more all over the world. The incredible impact this single outage had shows the importance of digital resilience, especially in the public sector.

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Global IT outage shows lack of digital sovereignty and resilience

July 19 saw a CrowdStrike update taking down countless Microsoft systems, disrupting flights, surgeries, banking and more all over the world. The incredible impact this single outage had shows the importance of digital resilience, especially in the public sector. This can only credibly be achieved by decentralization and diversity in infrastructure and technology.

Incredible impact of CrowdStrike-Microsoft outage

While German satirical news site Der Postillion noted that fax machines were not impacted so the German public sector was fine, the effects could be felt everywhere.

Many politicians have already come out with statements about digital resiliency. In the Netherlands the minister of Justice noted there should be plans to deal with the fall-out of events like this. “Concentrating production can concentrate risk, so that a single natural disaster or disruption has cascading effects,” US Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan wrote in a series of posts on X.

Existing and upcoming legislation

There is a number of legislative initatives to protect the resilience of infrastructure. Examples include DORA, the Digital Operational Resilience Act, for the financial sector, coming 2025, and the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) for consumer technology. The Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems, NIS, specifically targets the protection and resilience of critical infrastructure and digital services, mandating security measures and incident reporting.

In the US, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) mandates federal agencies to implement an information security program, including measures to mitigate the impact of IT outages. Additionally, there’s a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework that provides guidelines for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

But none of the regulations seem to effectively tackle risks related to the centralization of IT. This means that the digital sovereignty and resilience of the public sector, as well as hospitals, banks and other critical infrastructure, continues to be critically endangered. A mono-culture of services delivered by just a handful of big tech firms threatens the continuity of service in case of mistakes, cyber-attacks and political conflicts.

Solutions

While this was just a mistake, a sustained cyber attack would have far more devastating consequences, and that is not to speak of attacks on physical infrastructure. Underseas cables are incredibly vulnerable, and in 2021 Russia also showed that satellites can be downed by rockets.

The key to digital resilience is decentralization and heterogeneity. In the end, every IT system will go down at some point. An over-reliance on a single service is thus inevitably a risk. Even if that vendor is ‘too big too fail’ and has tons of redundancy and data centers.

Decentralize and federate

The public sector in particular should be following a focused strategy to differentiate their IT infrastructure, reducing the reliance on a small number of big tech giants. 

First, a strong multi-vendor, multi-platform strategy can do wonders against cyber threats. But beyond that, the solutions themselves should be less centralized.

The cloud itself is a particular risk – globally connected datacenters might have a bigger capacity to absorb denial of service attacks, but they are simultaneously more vulnerable to mistakes and more advanced cyber attacks. Technologies that are fundamentally distributed and federated, rather than relying on a single point of failure, offer a big advantage.

With on-premises solutions, the most critical platforms can even be entirely air gapped, disconnected from the internet, either all the time or in response to attacks. This can ensure their availability even in the worst case scenario.

Open Source brings resilience

Open source solutions are not only more robust in the face of constant security threats. They also provide more transparency in their functioning. When there are issues, engineers can dive deeper than in black-box solutions, to the point where they simply read the code or even modify it to add extra information to hunt down problems. Patches from vendors like Crowdstrike, if they were open source, could be scrutinised before deployment.

Perhaps most importantly, access to their source and more widely distributed knowledge of their code base means open source products can be patched and fixed during emergencies even without vendor help.

There are solutions to the risks and economic damage caused by our dependence on just a few big tech vendors. It’s time for decisions now.

Webinar: How Schleswig-Holstein and Nextcloud collaborate on a sovereign workplace

Schleswig-Holstein is transforming its state administration by adopting open-source solutions, with a key focus on the Nextcloud Hub collaboration platform. Watch back our webinar with Felix Gebauer, Program Lead and Project Manager at the Schleswig-Holstein State Administration.

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Lea Gröber: Understanding self-hosting and security through Nextcloud https://nextcloud.com/blog/lea-grober-understanding-self-hosting-and-security-through-nextcloud/ Fri, 19 Jul 2024 11:02:24 +0000 So many Nextclouders - from enterprise and education to activists and families - decide to self-host their privacy-focused IT infrastructure. What exactly motivates us to self-host? Is this inherently an increased data security risk? What of the grit needed to host your own digital infrastructure? The answers to these questions may surprise you!

Lea Gröber, PhD student in Usable Security @ CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, shares insight from two recent studies exploring motivations in self-hosting and Nextclouders specifically.

We explore the topic of Usable Security and how, in terms of security, the human aspect of your digital infrastructure may be the most important, and yet the least understood. Afterall, "Users are not the enemy."

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So many Nextclouders – from enterprise and education to activists and families – decide to self-host their privacy-focused IT infrastructure. What exactly motivates us to self-host? Is this inherently an increased data security risk? What of the grit needed to host your own digital infrastructure? The answers to these questions may surprise you!

Lea Gröber, PhD student in Usable Security @ CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, shares insight from two recent studies exploring motivations in self-hosting and Nextclouders specifically.

We explore the topic of Usable Security and how, in terms of security, the human aspect of your digital infrastructure may be the most important, and yet the least understood. Afterall, “Users are not the enemy.”

Lea and Brent touch on a wide gamut of related topics throughout, including:

  • CISPA’s study featuring 1000 Nextcloud instances in understanding self-hoster motivations
  • Technological self-determination as a modern fundamental right
  • Self-hosting as a socially embedded activity, and a democratic act
  • The many multi-layered trust relationships involved in self-hosting
  • Are self-hosters more privacy-aware than the general population? (spoiler: no!)

Episode Links

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July maintenance releases: Nextcloud Hub 7 & 8 https://nextcloud.com/blog/july-maintenance-releases-nextcloud-hub-7-8/ Fri, 19 Jul 2024 07:11:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=239909 June maintenance updates 28.0.8 and 29.0.4 for Nextcloud Hub are here! Read an update summary here and access full changelog on the website.

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Please update to a new version to keep your data safe!

If you are using Nextcloud Hub 7 or 8, we strongly recommend you to update to version 28.0.8 or 29.0.4 respectively. Maintenance updates include important bug fixes, stability and security upgrades. It is a quick and safe process, as always!

About the updates

The updates include a number of important and miscellaneous fixes, performance optimization, dependency updates, and other improvements in all supported Nextcloud versions. You can find the full changelog on our website.

Updates are available for:

  • Nextcloud Hub 7 (version 28.0.8)
  • Nextcloud Hub 8 (version 29.0.4)

Make the most of your platform with Nextcloud Hub 8 🚀

Even more automated and optimized all around, Nextcloud Hub 8 is here to give you back control over your time. Upgrade today to unlock multiple new features in your favourite platform:

  • Nextcloud Assistant: Chat summaries, Nextcloud Mail reply suggestions, answers based on your data, and more!
  • Interactive previews for files, folders, boards and events
  • Federated chat and message editing in Talk
  • Mini-apps based on Tables
  • Public Collectives sharing, previews and QR-codes
  • Manage your team resources like a pro with Nextcloud Teams
  • Forms: automatically sync with a spreadsheet
  • And much more
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Always keep your server up to date!

Nextcloud’s minor releases primarily focus on addressing security vulnerabilities and functionality bugs, avoiding major system overhauls that could jeopardize user data. Keeping your server up to date is vital, and our approach to testing and validation ensures that upgrading to minor releases is generally smooth and reliable.

For mission-critical Nextcloud systems in enterprise settings, consider switching to Nextcloud Enterprise. The tier provides you with ultimate deployment confidence: direct access to the Nextcloud engineering team, full assistance throughout deployment and integration, and peace of mind for system administrators. If you’re responsible for maintaining Nextcloud in your setting, this option may be the ideal solution for you.

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Nextcloud for DIE ZEIT: Microsoft’s anti-competitive behavior, PR stunts and salami slicing https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-for-die-zeit-microsoft/ Thu, 18 Jul 2024 09:05:10 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=239497 DIE ZEIT, a prominent German outlet, interviewed Nextcloud’s founder Frank Karlitschek for an article on Microsoft’s anti-competitive behaviour on the European office software market. Read for a recap of the article and the key takeaways.

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DIE ZEIT, a prominent German outlet, interviewed Nextcloud’s founder Frank Karlitschek for a story on Microsoft’s anti-competitive behaviour on the European office software market. The article addresses a history of Microsoft’s practices that grant the tech giant a possible illegal advantage over local competition, an ongoing litigation with the EU Commission, and possible legal solutions to restore a level playing field for the providers in Europe.

Your can access the original text in German on ZEIT ONLINE website. Continue reading for a recap of the article and the key takeaways.

Since the original article is in German language, all direct quotes used in this blog are translated.

“Does it always have to be Microsoft?”

This is how the original title sounds like, if translated to English. Starting off with Frank’s monthly video calls with the EU commission, Leon Werner introduces Nextcloud’s struggle with the world’s wealthiest company: by employing a range of tactics and making use of its dominant position, Microsoft gains an unfair advantage over the competition and leaves no room for small providers like Nextcloud.

Since 2017, Microsoft had bundled Teams app with its Office offering, driving providers of videoconferencing and chatting apps out and locking Office customers tighter to the Microsoft ecosystem. After an EU Commussion warning following complaints made not only by Nextcloud, but other companies like Slack, Microsoft made a move to sell Teams separately at a symbolic one or two euro fee, thus slowing down the antitrust case.

If services such as cloud storage or Teams were included free of charge, other providers such as Nextcloud would be deprived of their livelihood.

Quote from the ZEIT ONLINE article

Daniel Zimmer, an antitrust law expert and former chairman of the Monopolies Commission, also claims that the network effect still allows Microsoft to stay dominant in the market. “These prices will not ensure that companies will look for a replacement for Teams,” says Dennis-Kenji Kipker, Professor of IT Security Law at the University of Bremen.

Kipker believes that antitrust proceedings are made once damage has already been done. He calls it a “salami-slicing tactic”, a calculated approach that has a long tradition at Microsoft. For example, an article by Wall Street Journal, published in July 2022, explains how Microsoft employs its army of lawyers and lobbyists to push back on its legal challenges with the EU.

The company [Microsoft] always goes two steps ahead in advance, only to go one step back afterwards.

Dennis-Kenji Kipker, IT law expert.

Could Digital Markets Act restore the fair play?

In the 1990s, Microsoft already bundled Internet Explorer with Windows, leading to antitrust actions in the US. Frank Karlitschek wants similar measures for cloud services under the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), which aims to limit the power of large digital platforms like Microsoft, Apple, and Google to ensure fair competition.

While the DMA, effective since March, is able to regulate some aspects of gatekeeping like brand positioning and interoperability, the scope of affected services remains too narrow. it hasn’t targeted Microsoft’s cloud services that squeeze out numerous smaller providers from the market — as they don’t meet the current threshold of 10,000 business customers. Notably, the DMA only relies on self-assessment, and no cloud provider has reported meeting the criteria so far.

The hope remains that future actions of the EU Commission will more effectively curb the dominance of large cloud providers. To this day, multiple voices have spoken in support of the cause.

The antitrust initiative lead by Nextcloud

Big Tech is harming EU businesses and consumers alike. Many European companies realize that, and this is how a Coalition for a level playing field emerged. To resist harmful effects of Microsoft’s tech monopoly, the Coalition demands an end to gatekeeping practices and establishment of open standards and interoperability that make an easy migration possible.

Learn more at antitrust.nextcloud.com

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Call for contributors: participate in Nextcloud design! https://nextcloud.com/blog/participate-in-nextcloud-design-review/ Fri, 12 Jul 2024 08:59:57 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=238002 If you are a developer or a UX designer and want to contribute to Nextcloud design or improve the design of your own app, we invite you to participate in or weekly design review call. Read on for details.

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Call for contributors participate in Nextcloud design

At Nextcloud, we believe in user-centric design and keep on improving our platform every day to make it even more accessible, intuitive and powerful. If you are a developer or a UX designer and want to contribute to Nextcloud design or improve the design of your own app, we invite you to participate in or weekly design review call. Read on for details.

What is the Nextcloud design review?

Our design review call happens every Tuesday in our Design team public conversation. On the weekly basis, we review the design of Nextcloud apps among fellow teammates and community members.

We invite everybody with UX design experience, including developers and designers, to participate in the reviews to listen and speak, share ideas, exchange feedback and collaborate with us on making Nextcloud apps even more awesome 💙

🗓 Recurring virtual event

Every Tuesday, 4 PM CET+

*We can adjust the meeting date and time for your review if this combination doesn’t fit your day schedule.

Why join the design review?

  • Participate in open discussion: Bring your app or feature to the table and engage in an open, constructive dialogue with our design team.
  • Exchange feedback: Receive valuable feedback and insights to refine your designs and improve usability.
  • Grow and learn together with Nextcloud! 🤾

How to participate

To join our weekly design review, become a member of our open conversation and simply drop us a message. Our team will assign you the next available slot in the call schedule.

Looking forward to seeing you there 👋

Meet in person at the Nextcloud Community Conference 🧑‍🤝‍🧑

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Want to meet with the Nextcloud community to share your work, design and develop Nextcloud apps together, and have lots of fun while at it?

Lucky you, because this September the Nextcloud community gathers for the annual Nextcloud Community Conference and Contributor Week in MotionLab.Berlin. Register for free today and start packing — an exciting week of meeting, speaking, coding and learning awaits!

If you develop your own Nextcloud apps, work on a project involving Nextcloud, or just love open-source and privacy, we welcome you to become a speaker! We provide the speakers with travel support which covers up to 80% of your travel costs.

Join Nextcloud Community Conference 2024

Let’s build a safer digital world together — join us on September 14 and 15
at MotionLab.Belin! Registration is free of charge.

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How to secure your data daily with an open-source file sync and backup tool https://nextcloud.com/blog/how-to-backup-your-files-with-an-open-source-file-sync-tool/ Thu, 11 Jul 2024 09:00:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=237747 Explore a number of easy strategies to keep your data safely stored with Nextcloud's open-source file sync and backup tool.

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How to backup your files with Nextcloud

Our data is so essential to our everyday digital lives that it’s easy to argue how World Backup Day should be every day! With this in mind, Nextcloud is an excellent daily companion in helping you automate syncing and backups of your most important data: from business contracts and PDF documents, to photos, videos, contacts, calendars and so much more. A variety of available sync features, easy integrations, and smooth device migration options make it a perfect file sync and backup tool!

While it’s important to employ the 3-2-1 backup principle when designing the “perfect” backup strategy, Nextcloud can certainly play a vital role in your personal, family, and business’ digital lifestyle by providing near-instant syncing of your mobile phones and laptops to your Nextcloud server for safe keeping.

Let us explore a few strategies to help keep your data safely stored in your Nextcloud!

Mobile file sync and backup

As our typically most used device, your mobile contains some of your most important daily data: photos of your loved ones, videos of your cherished memories, digital versions of your travel documents, and much more. These are prime candidates for being backed up into your Nextcloud ecosystem automagically, all syncing conveniently in the background for you.

Photo and video backups: cheese! And a piece of 🍰

Let’s start with your photos and videos.

The Nextcloud Android and iOS clients features an auto-upload function — perfect for backing up these media files to your Nextcloud instance. When enabled, the mobile client’s auto-upload function detects when you’ve captured a new photograph or video, and immediately uploads a copy of it to your Nextcloud.

The auto-upload of photos and videos allows for custom file naming and folder sorting, a wifi-only upload option, HEIC support for iOS devices, and more.

Nextcloud mobile backup auto upload settings

The end result? A near-instant backup of your photos and videos, available on your other devices soon after you’ve captured them. Definite peace-of-mind!

Your personal Louvre: back up and organize your media

A bonus to having your photos and videos backed up to your Nextcloud: take advantage of the rich photo and video viewers integrated into Nextcloud, taking your media library to the next level 🚀

Nextcloud Hub Photos app

Alongside Nextcloud Photos, the Recognize and Memories apps implement smart media tagging and facial recognition using Nextcloud’s on-premises machine learning models. You can also view your media directly on Maps and share them with friends and family by sharing a gallery with Les Pas.

So many options for a rich photo and video experience!

Mobile documents too!

Of course, our phones are handy for far more than just visual memories. Using the same technique as above, the Nextcloud mobile clients can also sync and backup documents you download locally on your phone: Since Nextcloud will automatically detect new files downloaded to your device, you will be prompted each time a new folder is detected that can be synced to your Nextcloud. Once enabled, your downloads folder or other folders of your choice can be synced automatically to your Nextcloud too. Another way Nextcloud helps you keep your important documents safe!

Seamless calendars and contacts

At the center of your contact and calendar syncing strategy, Nextcloud offers a Google alternative that keeps your data under your control. Nextcloud allows you to keep your calendar and contacts synced to multiple devices at once, and backed up in case one of your devices has a bad day.

Nextcloud Groupware: Calendar Mail Contacts

Syncing is possible across all devices, from iOS and Android on mobile, to laptops and workstations too. Using special applications like DAVx⁵ you can provide an integrated native calendar and contacts experience on Android devices that feels like it was always meant to be.

Device migration made easy

When it comes to migrating between devices — say, you purchased a new phone or laptop — Nextcloud can help back up your app data and personal documents, and provide them directly to the new device. Simply share your app or personal data with your Nextcloud, or add it to your synced folders to produce a convenient backup that can help accelerate device-to-device migration.

Once on the new phone or laptop, simply connect to your Nextcloud and voilà! You’re now ready for an enjoyable device migration with all your data backed up in multiple places, and ready at your finger tips!

A safe place for all your data, no matter what

With file syncing at the center of your Nextcloud experience, the unlikely-yet-inevitable instances of computer and electronics hardware failure become something you’ve planned for, instead of a potential tragedy. When your most important files are managed by Nextcloud, the untimely malfunction of one of your devices means you don’t lose access to your files knowing they’re all backed up to Nextcloud. Phew… now that’s peace of mind!

File sync and backup features businesses love

There are some inherent features that businesses, enterprises, and governments love when trusting their data to Nextcloud. And since Nextcloud is open source, business and home users alike can benefit from these features to keep your data safe.

File versioning, available to all

By keeping your most important data synced with Nextcloud, files you and your team modify are automatically version controlled, creating backups and a history of your files’ changes as you work. This means you have several backups of your files, potentially dating back years, just in case you need to refer to a previous version. Nextcloud Files has you covered!

Files encrypted at rest

File encryption is another privacy feature essential in keeping your data and file backups safe. Nextcloud allows you to keep your files encrypted at-rest on your Nextcloud server, ensuring data essential to your business – intellectual property, confidential contracts, HR dossiers – is kept safe while it’s being stored. If it’s important enough for you to keep, it’s important enough to keep private.

Server backups

In case you’re interested in backing up your Nextcloud server itself, these resources will get you started:

Start your data backups today!

From your phone to your laptop, it’s essential that all of your business and personal data have a backup strategy that will keep them safe. Nextcloud is a great file sync and backup tool to manage these critical data in your life by keeping them safe, versioned, encrypted, and under your control.

Back up and sync your files with Nextcloud Hub

Discover the most secure open-source collaboration platform that keeps all your files and devices
in ultimate sync while giving you full control over your data.

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How to build your own apps with Nextcloud Tables https://nextcloud.com/blog/build-apps-using-nextcloud-tables/ Thu, 04 Jul 2024 09:06:43 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=236655 Build apps without code to expand your Nextcloud Hub environment with many custom features using Nextcloud Tables.

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Build your own apps using Nextcloud Tables

With the release of Nextcloud Hub 8, you can build apps without code to expand your Nextcloud Hub environment with many custom features. Think automating any paperwork process for employees, coordinating teams with tasks and requests organized in one place, or handling event registrations — with Nextcloud Tables app, there’s more to your Nextcloud than you know!

In this article, we explain how to organize data and collaborate using Nextcloud Tables, and how to create your own applications for any purpose.

Simplifying data processing with Nextcloud Tables

Nextcloud Tables is a no-code platform that lets you design and share tables to streamline data processing and workflow management in your team. You can create tables with individual column presets, adjust table views, and share your tables and views with other users and groups.

Available column types are quite versatile, letting you design tables for a multitude of purposes:

  • Text line or rich text
  • Link to URLs or other Nextcloud resources
  • Numbers
  • Progress bar
  • Star rating
  • Yes/No tick
  • Date and/or time
  • (Multi) selection

Create a custom table from scratch or use one of the templates for popular use cases such as checklist, team member management, customer management, and more.

You can access all your tables from the Nextcloud Tables app, filter them and add to favorites to make navigation much easier when you have a lot of data.

Want to migrate data from your spreadsheets to the Nextcloud Tables app? You can import tables from CSV and spreadsheet files, automatically detecting data format like dates, percentage, currency, and more. Just use the file upload feature or choose an option in the file menu in Nextcloud Files.

How to build apps with Nextcloud Tables

Using Nextcloud Tables, you can build apps without code and make them accessible to select user groups from your top toolbar in Nextcloud Hub. This feature allows you to combine several tables and table views in one, creating a single point of access for all the data.

Let’s assume we run a non-profit organization that needs to organize volunteer teams for our ongoing activities. Using Nextcloud Tables, we can streamline this process by creating a a dedicated Volunteer Management Application.

1. Create or select tables to combine

First, let’s create a Volunteer Registrations table to record personal and contact information of the volunteers, and the Travel Expenses table to track volunteer travel costs at the events and manage reimbursements.

To create a table, click a ➕ icon next to the table list. Give your table a name and description, then design and populate it with the data you need.

2. Create additional table views

Let’s add ‘Pending Approval’ and ‘Pending Reimbursement’ views for the Travel Expenses table to make it easier to track approvals and reimbursements for the volunteers.

To create a new view for the table, click on the table menu and click ‘Create view’. A new window will open where you add view settings. Choose columns you want to include in the view, and apply rules to filter contents, for example, only to show rows containing a certain item. You can also add custom sorting presets for items in the view.

For example, approval of the reimbursements for our volunteers is mandatory when their expenses include flights. That’s why in the ‘Pending Approval’ view we added a rule that filters out volunteers whose expense types include ‘Flight’.

3. Combine views and tables into a new app

Now, we can create our new application by combining the Volunteer Registrations table and the Travel Expenses table. We will also add the ‘Pending Approval’ and ‘Pending Reimbursement’ views from the table, giving instant access to most important filter presets.

To create an application, click a ➕ icon next to Applications. In the application menu, add a name and a description, and select one of multiple app icon designs. In Resources section, search tables and views you want to add to the app. Finally, select users and groups to share your new app and click ‘Create application’.

With the new Volunteer Management Application, we can have a more streamlined and integrated approach to managing our volunteer workforce. This application offers a one-stop solution for us to access, update, and manage all aspects of volunteer engagement and related expenditures. And importantly, everybody can build this app without code!

Other improvements in Nextcloud Tables

Besides app creation feature, with Nextcloud Hub 8 Nextcloud Tables received many other improvements, including:

  • Favorites and table archiving
  • Transfer table ownership in the UI
  • Data import improvements
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Regain control over your time with Nextcloud Hub 8

Interactive widgets are only one of the exiting new features in Nextcloud Hub 8. From new AI tools in Nextcloud Assistant to new apps and serious performance improvements throughout the platform, there are many reasons to upgrade to the latest Nextcloud Hub.

New to Nextcloud? There’s no better time to try it out! Get control over your data today with the most secure open-source collaboration platform.

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#NextcloudConf24: Building a safer digital world https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloudconf24-building-a-safer-digital-world/ Wed, 03 Jul 2024 09:03:08 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=236084 Nextcloud Community Conference 2024 runs under the motto “Building a safer digital world”. Read to find out more about this year's theme.

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Nextcloud Community Conference 2024 Building a safer digital world

At Nextcloud Community Conference, our community comes together to do more than networking, coding, and sharing the latest Nextcloud updates. We are united by one purpose, and that is to make this world a safer, more open and more inclusive space — on a digital level.

This year, Nextcloud Community Conference runs under the motto “Building a safer digital world”. For that’s what we do as Nextclouders!

Building a safer digital world 🌍

Imagine a world where big tech doesn’t track everything you do to sell you products you don’t need. Where surveillance is not a scary word and is actually there to protect you. Where citizens’ data stays at home, handled with transparency and by software they choose to trust.

Changing this reality must sound nearly impossible. But we believe that many drops make a bucket! Since day one, we stick to our core values and build accessible, decentralized, open-source products that put people back in control. Nextcloud’s mission has been an ongoing success thanks to our amazing diverse community.

At the Nextcloud Community Conference, we are going to celebrate our achievements and set new milestones to keep building a safer digital world together — by sharing ideas, telling stories, and mastering the craft of software that gives people their privacy back.

We are preparing an agenda full of inspiring topics and community activities. That includes keynotes by renowned privacy advocates, researchers, and writers, dynamic panel sessions, lightning talks by members of the Nextcloud community, and hands-on workshops led by our team and contributors.

Two keynotes already scheduled:

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Keynote by Dr. Constanze Kurz: Mass surveillance: The haystack has only grown bigger

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Keynote by Professor Björn Lundell: Recipes for getting stuck in proprietary clouds: How public sector organisations discriminate against OSS solutions

Stay tuned for the upcoming program announcements and start planning your trip! Want to become a part of it? Read on to learn about speaking and volunteering at the Nextcloud Community Conference.

Be a part of it: join the stage!

Love privacy, open-source and all things Nextctcloud? Speak at the Nextcloud Comminity Conference! Everyone can apply until July 21 to present a 5-minute lightning talk or lead a 30-60 minute practical workshop. Find out more about speaking opportunities and submit your proposal below.

Learn, grow, and have fun: become a volunteer!

Want to help us organize Nextcloud Community Conference? We are calling for volunteers to work with us at the site and help with registrations, stage support, and other tasks. Every volunteer receives up to 80% of travel support to cover their transportation to and from the conference as well as the hotel stay in Berlin.

Register today!

Nextcloud Community Conference and Contributor Week takes place at Motion.LabBerlin on September 14-20th.
Visit the event page to learn more details. See you at #NextcloudConf24!

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How T-Systems migrated millions of MagentaCLOUD users to Nextcloud https://nextcloud.com/blog/migration-deutsche-telekom-by-t-systems/ Tue, 02 Jul 2024 08:55:15 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=215902 MagentaCLOUD’s migration to Nextcloud in 2021 resulted in a fully equipped Online Storage with an integrated online office suite that further improves the user experience, flexibility and security for customers.

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MagentaCLOUD’s migration to Nextcloud in 2021 resulted in an easy to use but powerful online document and photo storage for millions of users at Deutsche Telekom. Users can access, share and sync data with custom mobile and desktop clients, and use the integrated online office suite to work on their documents. In all this, they can trust that their data stays safe on the infrastructure of Deutsche Telekom at all times!

About the migration success

Deutsche Telekom’s business-customer IT affiliate, T-Systems, led the migration from a third-party platform to the Telekom-hosted, Nextcloud based solution. In order for the millions of Deutsche Telekom users to continue to use the platform, the platform stayed active during the entirety of the six month process.

As a result of the migration, all user data is furthermore safely stored but now within their own Open Telekom Cloud (OTC) infrastructure.

Why Deutsche Telekom chose Nextcloud

Nextcloud matched Telekom’s needs for an advanced, modern solution with unrivaled data protection standards, high flexibility and enhancing functionalities. Due to Nextcloud being an open-source, on-premises solution, MagentaCLOUD has full control with all user data stored in local data centers in Germany and compliant with the strict German and European data privacy protection laws and regulations including the GDPR.

In the case study, discover:

  • The challenge for Deutsche Telekom
  • Why Nextcloud was chosen as the ideal solution
  • The implementation and migration of Nextcloud with T-Systems
  • The solution within the Open Telekom Cloud (OTC)
  • Future outlook for Telekom

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How to set up a meeting effectively in Nextcloud https://nextcloud.com/blog/how-to-set-up-a-meeting-effectively-in-nextcloud/ Fri, 28 Jun 2024 09:01:51 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=235636 Learn how to set up a meeting effectively with Nextcloud! Create, share and update meetings in Nextloud Calendar and Mail!

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We’re consistently updating Nextcloud Calendar, a part of Nextcloud Groupware, to be intuitive, easy to use and full of rich features!

In this blog, we’ll go through all the engaging aspects about Nextcloud Calendar, but most importantly, we’ll guide you through how to set up meetings easily and effectively. Let’s get to it!

From the ✨ moment ✨ you open the app, you’re greeted with a visually appealing calendar that can be set by day, week, month, year or even in list form. You can have multiple calendars too, for all your teams and needs – which can be switched to in the left sidebar. It’s so easy to toggle between upcoming weeks and calendars so you can feel at ease when using it.

Scroll through Nextcoud Calendar in week, day, month, year and list form!

How to set up a meeting in Nextcloud Calendar

The simplest way to set up a meeting is to click directly on the date and time you want. Just click on an empty time slot and a pop-up window will appear.

Claim the title you want, adjust the time and specific calendar, add a location and a description about what will happen in the meeting. Next you’ll want to click on ‘More details.’

Here, you’ll be able to customize your meetings and most importantly, add the attendees. Add the users by name if they’re in your instance, by group or by email. If you want to extend an external invite, add the recipients email and they will receive the invitation. They will be able to click on the secure, public Talk link and join the meeting.

In our Nextcloud Hub 8 release, we made it simple to find a time that works for everyone, based on their availability and schedule. Just click ‘Find a time’ and a pop-up box will automatically suggest the next suitable time slot on the attendees availability. Voila!

You can even start a Nextcloud Talk chat here directly by clicking ‘Create Talk room for this event.’ This way, you can already start communication with your team and have the room ready to start the call.

Sound easy? We hope you find it so!

How to set up a meeting or event from Nextcloud Mail

Take the following scenario: You’re checking your emails in Nextcloud Mail and see an email from an important customer. They have several questions and want to set up a meeting asap. You don’t even need to open up your Calendar to set up the meeting because you can do it directly in the Nextcloud Mail app! Just click on:

The ‘3 dots’ icon ➡ ‘More actions’ ➡ ‘Create event.’

Automatically, and with the use of AI, a meeting is set up! Feel free to adjust the title, date/time and/or description, however it’s all generated for you. Click ‘Create’ and your meeting is set! Now, give yourself that *much deserved* coffee break! ☕

How to share and manage your Calendars

If you’ve read our blog about how Nextcloud is a single platform that integrates all apps, then you know how intuitive and versatile Nextcloud really is.

You can be in any one of our apps, say Nextcloud Talk, and you can share a calendar with a colleague directly in the chat so they can easily browse upcoming meetings or events, dates and schedules.

In fact, you can embed a whole, interactive calendar in a Text file, Collectives page or Deck card description too! Easily manage your calendar and have it viewable in the spaces its relevant for. And don’t worry, Nextcloud only shows the embedded calendar to users with access, while for others it will remain blank, respecting your right to privacy and control over your data.

Our interactive widgets provide a whole new way to collaborate and work efficiently.

Interactive widgets in Nextcloud Hub

Did you know Nextcloud Calendar has these features?

In our Nextcloud Hub 8 release, we announced some helpful, new features:

  • Default calendar picker for Calendar/CalDAV backend
  • Mail iCloud compatibility
  • Database cluster read/write split readiness for Calendar

All in all, Nextcloud Calendar enables more automation and comfort than ever before. We hope you learned how to properly set up a meeting in your Nextcloud Calendar or from Nextcloud Mail, how to share calendars and more!

Do you have any feedback about Nextcloud Calendar? Want to share your experience? We invite you to submit and share your review!

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