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Being busy rethinking an existing website to rebuild in Craft I just found out Craft 4 was announced september last year. Some of the new features, like nestable Matrix fields in particular, are very welcome and chances are I'd rather wait for Craft 4 to come out to convert a big amount of data to the new CMS than to rebuild the website in Craft 3 to have another data-migration(/rebuild?) for new fields etc. in Craft 4 later.

So I'm having the following questions:

1) Is there anything to say about a release date for Craft 4? And about around what time Pixel and Tonic consider it a stable release to be used in production?

2) What will happen to the support and updates for Craft 3 once Craft 4 is out? Is there any roadmap showing support/update-cycles for Pixel and Tonic products?

3) Will Craft 3 work with the announced Craft Cloud or will the cloud only work from version 4 up?

4) Is there anything to say about how difficult it will likely be to migrate from v3 to v4 and what that would be about?

5) What about existing paid licenses when a customer upgrades from version 3 to 4? Is it under the same license after the upgrade? Or are licenses bound to a major version and need a customer buy a new license for version 4?

Thanks in advance!

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1) Is there anything to say about a release date for Craft 4? And about around what time Pixel and Tonic consider it a stable release to be used in production?

Nothing official on either.

2) What will happen to the support and updates for Craft 3 once Craft 4 is out? Is there any roadmap showing support/update-cycles for Pixel and Tonic products?

No official dates yet, but you can probably use past support timelines (https://craftcms.com/guides/supported-versions) as a guide to what Craft 3 support would be once Craft 4 is out.

3) Will Craft 3 work with the announced Craft Cloud or will the cloud only work from version 4 up?

Nothing officially announced.

4) Is there anything to say about how difficult it will likely be to migrate from v3 to v4 and what that would be about?

We'll try to make the 3 => 4 migration as seamless as possible.

5) What about existing paid licenses when a customer upgrades from version 3 to 4? Is it under the same license after the upgrade? Or are licenses bound to a major version and need a customer buy a new license for version 4?

The licensing model should be exactly how it is for Craft 3.

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  • Thanks for your answer and link to the support timelines @Brad Bell. I was hoping you could tell something about around what about time a release would be expected, but I understand you don't want to make promises and it's probably too early for that. So that's also an answer to my question. I'll probably stick with Craft 3 for now than as otherwise it would be a long wait, and upgrade/migrate to 4 later. Thanks again – Friksel Apr 23 at 7:40

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