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Umbraco Product Update - August 31st, 2021

Get yourself updated on the latest product development

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Written by Rune Strand

The very last Product Update of the summer is here 🌞 And there’s plenty to dive into both in terms of new and upcoming releases. We’ve got news on Umbraco 8.16, multiple patches, new minors for Forms and Deploy and some interesting videos and live streams - let’s get to it 🤩

Overview: 

New release: Umbraco 8.16

A new custom dashboard, updated dependencies, better support for SVG icons, and improved performance are just some of the things you get with Umbraco 8.16. A true community edition with 44 community contributions submitted by 19 community members. 

You get all the details about Umbraco 8.16 in the release blog post and see some of them in action in the “Unboxing” video:


Umbraco 8.16 was released on August 26th, 2021

New release: Patches for Umbraco CMS

2 new patches for Umbraco 8 have been made available today. Umbraco 8.14.4 and 8.15.3 addressing some regression issues in previous releases. Eligible sites on Umbraco Cloud, 8.14+ and 8.15+, are being automatically patched as we speak. Details are available in the release notes on the download page, where you can also find links to .zip and Nuget versions of the release:

Released on August 31st, 2021

Upcoming release: Patches for Umbraco Deploy

We're also working on a couple of patches for Umbraco Deploy, addressing some issues around extractions not triggering correctly. The patches are for both Umbraco 8 and 7 versions of Deploy and will be 4.1.4 and 2.1.4 respectively. The patches will be rolled out to all eligible Cloud projects and made available for Deploy on premises as well.

Target release date: September 7th, 2021

Upcoming release: Umbraco Forms 8.8 & Deploy 4.2 (release candidates are out)

As mentioned in the previous Product Update, new minor versions of Umbraco Forms and Deploy are on their way. 

Umbraco Forms 8.8 gives you the ability to sort forms in folders, new options for rendering, and improvements to conditional fields. With Deploy 4.2, aside from supporting the new features in Forms, you can look forward to transferring dictionary items as content (optional) and added support for transferring custom data.

Both releases are currently available as release candidates (for Umbraco 8 and 9) and they contain a lot more than listed above. You can find a detailed rundown of both releases in the release candidate blog post. We hope you’ll give them a go and let us know if any issues pop up.

Originally scheduled for release on September 7th, we’ve decided to push the release date a week to ensure more time for testing.

(New) Target release date: September 14th, 2021

Upcoming release: Umbraco 8.17 (Tabs edition 🎉)

With Umbraco 8.16 out the way, we can shift our focus to the next minor version - aptly named Umbraco 8.17. This is the long-awaited introduction of tabs to Umbraco’s backoffice allowing you to organize properties in tabs (and groups) for a better overview and a more tailored editing experience.


This is a big addition to Umbraco and we’d highly appreciate any feedback on upgrade experience, compatibility scenarios, and of course any bugs that need squashing. With this anticipated release we’re extending the release candidate period by 2 weeks, which means you can look forward to trying out tabs on September 9th. That’s next week! As always, the RC will be accompanied by a blog post, detailing the new functionality.

Target release date: October 7th, 2021

Forms security issue details revealed

A little over a month ago, we published a security advisory for Umbraco Forms and subsequently (within days) provided patches to address the issue for a long list of different Umbraco Forms versions.

The details of the issues have now been revealed by the reporter, Gary O’Leary from AppCheck, in a great blog post. Needless to say, with details out, it's important that you make sure all your Umbraco Forms installations are running a patched version - All the details can be found in the security patch blog post.

In the latest episode of umbraCoffee, you can learn more about the process of discovering and fixing the issue, how security scans are performed and how we at Umbraco approach such reports. Join Gary (AppCheck), Sebastian (Umbraco HQ) and Callum (Bump Digital) as they discuss this and all the latest Umbraco news:


You can read more about what steps we take to keep Umbraco secure, how we handle issues and how you can keep yourself informed, or report an issue should you find one, in the Security section of the Umbraco Trust Center.

Community Office Hours:
New majority stakeholder in Umbraco

In other (big) news, it was recently announced that Umbraco has been acquired by Scandinavian IT investor Monterro. This has naturally sparked a lot of discussion and questions about what this means for Umbraco, the community and all the products. On Thursday, September 2nd,  Kim Sneum Madsen, CEO and Chief Friend Maker at Umbraco, will share details on the acquisition and answer all your questions during a Community Office Hours livestream.

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If you already have questions at the ready, you can add them using this form, and you’ll also be able to add them during the livestream. If you missed the umbraCoffee episode on this topic, we highly recommend it, lots of topics, details and questions covered and it might even help inspire some new ones 🙂

… Until next time

A large part of the work we do is inspired by the feedback we get from you. For issues and specific feature requests, you can find the issue trackers for our products on the Umbraco Github account.

If you have product feedback, you’re welcome to reach out to us at product@umbraco.com.

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