Atlassian’s JIRA and Confluence collaboration tools were the focus of the first full day of the company’s developers conference in San Francisco today. The company’s cofounder, Mike Cannon-Brooks, kicked off the conference with a look at the future of Atlassian’s numerous development tools. A key part of that future is further integrations between tools, and better management consoles for administrators.

Cannon-Brooks discussed the next version of JIRA (4.4), as well as the next version of the company’s wiki software, Confluence 4.0. Both of these updates should be available to the public at the end of the summer.

For JIRA, a new management interface will simplify administration tasks: drop-down menus have been added, and the lengthy sidebar style admin functions list will be replaced with a more organized, topic-based window of choices.

But the real highlight for Cannon-Brooks was the fulfillment of a feature he had requested for JIRA just six days after the company opened its doors in 2002: time zone support.

“You want time zones because you have people in distributed teams,” he said. “You really want to know what time it is for those people. If you look at any user in JIRA [4.4], you can see what time it is in their time zone.”

Confluence, on the other hand, will be merging its two editor types in version 4.0. Previously, users of this collaboration wiki had to choose between two editors: the text editor, or the wiki mock-up editor. In version 4.0, these two will be merged into one Web-based editor, and the wiki mock-up will automatically be translated in-editor into the resultant rendered elements. Typing the mock-up for bold text will immediately change the marked text to bold, without the need to enter a preview mode.

Both of these updated platforms will arrive this summer. Cannon-Brooks said that one major customer has already moved over to Confluence 4.0, but he added that Atlassian is still polishing the software and stabilizing it.

Atlassian, said Cannon-Brooks, is in the midst of experiencing its biggest growth in five years. The company, he said, is “certainly dislodging big ALM stacks, for cheaper than their maintenance bills.”