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I’m happy to announce that the public beta of JIRA 4.2 is now available for download. We have already received lots of great feedback since we put the JIRA 4.2 experience on jira.atlassian.com, and now you have a chance to play around with it in your own environment.

What’s new in JIRA 4.2?

There are lots of great new usability features on the issue search and view issue pages, including a revamped issue search page, operation dialogs and keyboard shortcuts (see my last post for details).
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This release also contains improvements in many other areas including:

  • Labels (right)
  • Time tracking
  • Images
  • Attachments
  • Gadget creation
  • And more

Check out the release notes for more details or download the JIRA 4.2 Beta to play around for yourself.

What’s not in JIRA 4.2?

You may have noticed one of the features we talked about in the JIRA State of the Union at Atlassian Summit 2010 is not part of JIRA 4.2, specifically the ability for different browser tabs to contain unique searches. Unfortunately, we encountered some browser compatibility issues that require us to go back to the drawing board and provide a more robust solution. We hope to include this feature on our roadmap again soon.

Got feedback?

JIRA 4.2 is in the home stretch and nearing release readiness, but we’d still love more feedback. We have created JRA-22093 for you to let us know what you think about the JIRA 4.2 Beta.

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