See my previous post on a much earlier version of Jira - Tools for the Development Team - JIRA.
Atlassian has released a number of versions since that early review and its long overdue to do another review, but that's for another article.
So what's so different about Version 6?
There's a new user interface. Atlassian have recognised that while its second nature for long time users to make their way around Jira, it can sometimes be a learning curve for new users. This new user interface is designed to allow new users to get to know and use Jira that much faster and easier.
Version 6 comes also with some performance enhancements making the whole user experience that much faster. New displays specifically for mobile users are also catered for.
One area that I do congratulate them on is a new display specifically for overhead projectors. As a certified ScrumMaster I have been in countless story pointing sessions where issues are displayed in over head projectors. I have a little hand held projector that is just great for this sort of thing, but the pixels are not wonderful for a full display. This new screen display allows users to see clearly on even that small projector - although I have yet to see this display, so until I do a more complete review, I'm only quoting their sales points at this stage.
The new version of the browser-based software also includes an interface specifically designed for mobile clients, providing many of the most popular capabilities found in the full version. Users can now assign, prioritize and comment on issues from any smartphone, and even bring in additional participants.
There is a recognition from Atlassian that Jira is increasingly being used for projects other than software development so it will be an interesting watch over the next few releases on how that recognition will come through the product itself.