Synapse 1.40.0 is out now!
This release of Synapse includes stable support for Room Version 8! Version 8 codifies a concept of "restricted rooms" which are private rooms joinable only by direct invitation or by being a member of other, designated Spaces / rooms.
This means you can create a Matrix Space for your company, team, or guild, and instead of inviting people to the Space and directly to a bunch of private rooms, you can simply configure your private rooms such that membership in the Space automatically confers access to the private rooms.
This is a major improvement to access control in Matrix, and we can't wait to use it ourselves.
Note that client support for managing restricted rooms is still forthcoming, and you'll want to ensure that your users are on homeservers which support v8 before upgrading existing rooms. To ensure compatibility across federation, the default for newly created rooms remains at v6 for the time being.
A few other items worth calling out:
creation_tsproperty indicating when an account was created. Thanks to work by dklimpel.
In addition to further work towards implementing MSC2716: Incrementally Importing History into Existing Rooms, we've landed support for:
/account/whoamiendpoint now includes the
device_idassociated with the access token used to make the request.
/_matrix/client/r0/capabilitiesendpoint may include metadata about which room versions support which capabilities (like knocking on restricted joins).
These are just the highlights; please see the Release Notes for a complete list of changes in this release.