Nextcloud promises more performance for version 21 of its collaboration platform Nextcloud Hub, which has now been presented. The methods for loading apps have been revised and database queries have also been optimized. In combination with the use of object storage, LDAP group handling and scenarios optimized for the use of text, the manufacturer promises “one or two times more responsive behavior”. Compatibility with PHP 8 should bring further performance improvements.
The high-performance backend for files, written in Rust, is also an important component. This optional component can maintain a direct connection with desktop or web clients, which largely eliminates the need to constantly query the server.
The user experience also benefits from this: users receive notifications of events, such as an incoming call, a comment on a file, a mention in a chat message, etc., without delay. For large installations, Nexcloud expects up to ten times more capacity through the combination of optimized database usage with the fast backend.
New collaboration tools
For better team coordination, Nextcloud Hub 21 is introducing a collaborative whiteboard app. With the, users can draw, take notes and upload pictures during a call or alone. Author colors in the text make it easy to keep track of activity during a collaborative editing session.
Also new is the option to upload document templates to Nextcloud to speed up the creation of frequently used documents such as meeting notes or reports. Nextcloud Talk also introduces a number of innovations: status indicators for messages, a function to raise the hand, a description of group conversations, a collapsible video bar for calls, screen sharing in full screen mode and reduced CPU usage, a conversation view with larger image previews, animated GIFs and more accessible settings, and partially rewritten bridge integrations and more.
Nextcloud Mail now offers drag’n’drop support, configurable special folders, improved thread view, and updated handling of attachments. Administrators can now configure limits for attachments in Mail and instead force the use of Nextcloud share links. The Contacts app introduces the ability to automatically retrieve avatars from social networks.
Nextcloud Hub 21 is now available for download. You want to send existing customers gradually corresponding notifications with staggered rollouts. With more than 400,000 Nextcloud servers according to the manufacturer, the update process will probably take several months. In December, the provider presented migration apps with which users can transfer their data from Dropbox, Google and OneDrive to the Nextcloud with one click.