Zulip, the Leading Open Source Team Collaboration Tool, Releases Server 5.0

Zulip today announced the release of Zulip Server 5.0, a major update that marks a release of Zulip Server and web applications.

Zulip, the open source team collaboration tool with a single chat thread ideal for live and asynchronous conversations, announced the release of Zulip Server 5.0, a major update that marks the release of Zulip Server and web apps. The major update contains hundreds of new features and capabilities for Fortune 500 companies, major open source projects, and the thousands of organizations that use Zulip every day. Notable new features in Zulip Server 5.0 include status emoji, marking topics as solved, improved feed and permissions management, and more languages. Zulip is available as a managed cloud service or as a self-hosted solution.

Zulip has the best user experience of any chat app I’ve tried. With discussion organized by topic in each stream, Zulip is the only app that can manage hundreds of conversations. — Tobias Lasser, lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich

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The Zulip product has many improvements since version 4.0 last year. Some highlights:
Zulip for education. We have seen more and more teachers using Zulip as a communication center for their lessons. Zulip’s threading model makes it ideal for posting lecture notes and announcements, answering student questions, and coordinating with teaching staff all in one place. In response to interest from educators, we have launched a dedicated Zulip for Education offer.

Resolve topic marks topics as ✔ completed. Issue resolution is a lightweight way to manage a variety of workflows, including support interactions, answering questions, and investigating issues.

Status emoji. Users can now set a status emoji next to their status message, making it easy for others to see what they’re up to.

Improved mobile apps. Hundreds of bug fixes and other improvements in iOS and Android mobile apps, including:
Better control over when messages are marked as read, including a new setting to never mark messages as read when you view them.
Complete redesign of Android notifications to be more informative and easier to read (1, 2), as well as a distinct Zulip sound.
New support for muted users, polls, and other Zulip features.
Translations for 23 languages. Includes new or significantly expanded translations for Portuguese (Portugal), Sinhalese, and Welsh.
Public web feeds (beta). Many open communities want to minimize friction to display public conversations in their collaboration tools. With the public web feeds beta, organizations can configure Zulip feeds to be visible to anyone on the internet without creating an account. Keep an eye out for the public release announcement in the coming weeks.
Improved management of settings, permissions and feeds. Includes a new “Account & Privacy” personal settings tab, increased permissions flexibility, stream settings organized into general settings, personal settings, and stream subscriber tabs, and a complete redesign of the stream creation menu for the make it easier than ever to add users to the feed you create.
OpenID Connect support. Joins SAML, LDAP, Google, GitHub, Azure Active Directory, and more as supported single sign-on providers.
SCIM support. Joins LDAP as a supported protocol for synchronizing Zulip accounts with an external user database.

This release also includes hundreds of other Zulip UI improvements big and small.

“I’m so excited about the changes this release brings to our users,” said Alya Abbott, product manager at Zulip. “For example, employees in some organizations who have had the opportunity to try the ‘Resolve Topic’ feature have told us that it has transformed their workflows. I’m extremely grateful not only to the 157 people who have contributed code since version 4.0, but also to the hundreds of others who have helped improve Zulip by reporting issues, translating, supporting us financially, or just chatting and sharing their experiences. and ideas.

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Community and mentorship. Our welcoming community is fully committed to helping nurture the next generation of open source contributors from a wide variety of backgrounds. 2021 was the 6th consecutive year that Zulip participated in the Google Summer of Code. Our eighteen GSoC 2021 participants have written over 1,500 pledges that have been merged into the main branch of Zulip, and we look forward to welcoming the next cohort of GSoC and Outreachy participants this summer.

Sponsorships. We are proud to sponsor free Zulip Cloud Standard hosting for 700 open source projects, non-profit, educational and academic research groups. All eligible organizations are encouraged to join the program.

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