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We know, 2020 wasn’t an easy year. At Nextcloud, most of us already worked from home which helped us in the transition, but we dearly missed our bi-monthly physical get-togethers. At least, we happen to write software that helps you work remotely. So we were deeply motivated to move Nextcloud forward, faster than ever, to meet the growing need! In this blog, we give you a bit of an overview of 2020 in terms of Nextcloud releases. We can’t cover everything, so only the highlights!
Let’s start with the Nextcloud server releases! We did three major releases, and here’s what was new, starting from the beginning of the year.
Nextcloud Hub is the first completely integrated on-premises content collaboration platform on the market, ready for a new generation of users who expect seamless online collaboration capabilities out of the box. We announced it at a 📺 live event at our office in Berlin.
With this release, we made a big change to what we ship. Nextcloud 17 is now Nextcloud Hub. Nextcloud Hub comes with a number of new apps that get installed by default on installation (but not shipped as part of the tarball/zip). The biggest news was that we integrated office out-of-the-box, making it work without the need for fancy apache configuration with a reverse proxy and the juggling of docker containers. We also ship groupware (Mail, Calendar and Contacts) and Talk out of the box with Nextcloud Hub. Of course, a lot of improvements and features were added all over the place as well.
We created a really cool video to show off what’s new and amazing about Nextcloud Hub!
A quick overview of what is new:
Read the release announcement for more details.
We created more videos, showing Nextcloud Files, Talk, Groupware, and office integration:
Nextcloud Hub v19, code name “home office”, represented a big step forward for remote collaboration in teams. This release brought document collaboration to video chats introduced password-less login and improves performance. We also made a video to show off this release!
A quick overview of what is new:
We also released our high-performance back-end for Talk under an open source license and introduced improvements in Mail, Calendar and other apps.Read the release announcement for more details.
Nextcloud Hub 20 was announced at the Nextcloud Conference 2020, in the opening keynote by Frank. It was a big release, introducing a renewed focus on integrating third party applications with a dashboard, unified search and a lot of other improvements.
The three biggest features we introduced with Nextcloud 20 are:
👾 Some other improvements we want to highlight include:
There are many more things the Nextcloud community releases – independent but very cool apps like Notes for Android or the brand new Podcasts app. And of course our mobile and desktop apps! Here some highlights from 2020.
Also, did you know we introduced a podcast?
There is, as always, much more that happened – we announced partnerships with IONOS and Deutsche Telekom and over a dozen other companies, participated in many virtual events, and not by us but certainly relevant – the European Court of Justice basically ruled foreign cloud services illegal.
2021 has started in rather odd ways, with political unrest and big disparities in vaccine roll-out across the globe. We do not envy the people responsible for vaccine roll-out, given the enormous logistical challenges, made worse by misinformation and the current weather conditions in some parts of the globe. At Nextcloud, we’ll focus on what we are good at: writing software that helps people get work done without losing control over their data!
2021 should see 3 major server releases from us again, as per our schedule. The first of these is Nextcloud Hub 21, coming in just a few weeks – the first release candidate is out and we love to hear your feedback!
We are accelerating the work by our Groupware and Talk teams, hiring new team members (we have many open positions!) and our desktop client team has grown to four developers. We are looking for people to join our Android and iOS teams, too! If you want to join us, see our jobs page.
Of course there is more news – the team growth means indeed our company is growing, which we’ll talk about in a future blog. And we do hope to organize another Nextcloud conference this year, partially in person (as much as is feasible), around late September/early October, in Berlin again. Stay tuned for information on that as well!
Nextcloud continues to grow, fast, and we’re humbled that so many of you have joined us on this journey. Thank you for making this possible, and for caring about privacy, security and owning data!