[oxse-announce] Open-Xchange releases OX App Suite v7.8.1, OX 6 v6.22.11, OX Documents v7.8.1 and OX Guard v2.4.0

Open-Xchange Server Edition Maintenance Announcements oxse-announce at open-xchange.com
Thu Mar 31 17:00:12 CEST 2016

Dear Customers and Partners of Open-Xchange,

Open-Xchange is pleased to announce the release of OX App Suite v7.8.1, OX 6 v6.22.11, OX Documents v7.8.1 and OX Guard v2.4.0.

OX App Suite v7.8.1 and OX Documents v7.8.1

The main focus of this release is to improve the web frontend design and provide usability enhancements for all applications. With OX App Suite v7.8.1 and OX Documents v7.8.1, Open-Xchange has again made significant improvements to the overall design, improving navigation, optimizing workflows and helping users maximize the benefits of the OX App Suite interface.

- Client Onboarding Wizard
OX App Suite v7.8.1 now comes with an advanced, and often requested, wizard that lets OX App Suite users easily configure their mobile and desktop devices. End-users can now configure any supported device by simply selecting the desired device, choose the operating system for that device and the wizard automatically does the configuration.

- OX Mail and OX Calendar Improvements
OX App Suite 7.8.1 provides several updates for OX Mail inside the OX App Suite web frontend. This includes the quick-reply function and improvements to the general usability of mail list browsing. The calendar now provides the ability to create follow-up meetings with just a single click. 

- OX Text and OX Spreadsheet Portal enhancements
OX Text and OX Spreadsheet now offer a list of recently used text and spreadsheet documents. Very often recently used documents are also the documents a user wishes to open and work on. For this reason OX Text and OX Spreadsheet users are now presented with a list of recently opened documents.

- Improved PDF support in OX Documents Viewer
With this release the OX Documents Viewer makes hyperlinks in a PDF documents clickable. Also annotations such as comments or drawings are now also displayed in the viewer. This allows users to view documents and take further actions without the need to download PDF files.

- OX Presenter handles PDF
OX Presenter was introduced together with OX App Suite 7.8.0 and allows users to present PowerPoint presentations. With this release OX Presenter takes another step forward by providing the ability to present PDF document too.

A more detailed overview of all the improvements to OX App Suite v7.8.1 and OX Documents v7.8.1 can be found at:

OX Guard v2.4.0 for OX App Suite v7.8.1

OX Guard v2.4 now uses the OX App Suite OSGI stack, however it is still recommended to be deployed as a micro service, running as a separate logical instance. Core OSGI services such as configuration and database are now used. Upgrading from previous versions requires some manual steps as discussed below.

Summary of Changes

- Configuration Structure has changed to reflect the normal configuration of OX App Suite, including Templates, Translations, Properties files.
- Jetty is no longer used, and instead Grizzly is used to register servlets the same as OX App Suite
- Apache configuration requires modification due to the removal of Jetty and integration with OX App Suite
- Logging is now configured globally and logging now takes place to the same file as OX App Suite

A more detailed summary of all changes can be found at:

General information

- Open-Xchange encourages administrators to regularly update to the latest available release. In order to ensure a stable and up to date environment please note the different supported versions. An overview of the latest supported Major, Minor and Public Patch Releases can be found in the Knowledgebase at:

Important - Please Note

- In accordance with the supported platform policy, Open-Xchange announces the discontinuation of Internet Explorer 10 support for OX App Suite web frontend. This comes in with the release of OX App Suite v7.8.1. For details of all supported browsers please refer to the requirements page at:

- In accordance with the supported platform policy, Open-Xchange announces the discontinuation of support for Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 (SLES 11) and Debian Wheezy with an upcoming release of OX App Suite, planned for Q4 2016. We encourage administrators to update to the latest operating system version, Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12 (SLES 12) and Debian Jessie. For details of all supported platforms and databases please refer to the requirements page at: http://oxpedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=AppSuite:OX_System_Requirements#Server_Platforms

- Upgrading from OX Guard v2.2 to v2.4
Due to the number of changes to the architecture of OX Guard, upgrading consists of more than just updating the packages; some manual configuration tasks will have to be performed. Please see http://oxpedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=AppSuite:OX_Guard_Upgrade_OSGI for details of the upgrade procedure to follow. Note to upgrade from versions of Guard previous to 2.2, please first upgrade to 2.2. Also OX App Suite v7.8.1 is required for OX Guard v2.4.0.

Shipped packages and versions

- Open-Xchange Middleware 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange OX6 Middleware 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange App Suite frontend 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange OX6 frontend 6.22.11-rev7
- Open-Xchange USM 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange EAS 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange OXUpdater 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Drive Restricted 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Documents 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Documents Frontend 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Documents Communication 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Calcengine 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Readerengine 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Documentconverter 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Documentconverter API 7.8.1-rev7
- Open-Xchange Drive Help 2.0.0-rev1
- Open-Xchange Drive for Windows 2.0.0
- Open-Xchange Updater 6.18.31
- Open-Xchange Connector for Microsoft Outlook 7.2.21
- Open-Xchange Notifier 1.0.6
- Open-Xchange Guard 2.4.0-rev7

Complete Release Notes 

- Open-Xchange App Suite v7.8.1:

- Open-Xchange Server 6 v6.22.11:

- OX Guard v2.4.0 for OX App Suite v7.8.1:

Download and Installation

For details of how to install and update OX App Suite please refer to the instructions given at:

For the Open-Xchange Server 6 update please follow the instructions given at:

For details of how to install and update OX Documents please refer to the instructions given at:

For details of how to install and update OX Guard please refer to the instructions given at:

Best regards,
Your Open-Xchange Team

Open-Xchange AG, Rollnerstr. 14, 90408 Nuremberg, District Court Nuremberg HRB 24738
Managing Board: Rafael Laguna de la Vera, Carsten Dirks, Uwe Reumuth 
Chairman of the Board: Richard Seibt
European Office: 
Open-Xchange GmbH, Martinstr. 41, D-57462 Olpe, Germany, District Court Siegen, HRB 8718 
Managing Directors: Frank Hoberg, Martin Kauss
US Office: 
Open-Xchange. Inc., 530 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA 

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