v2 Announcement & 2022 Roadmap

Steve, Founder
December 16, 2021
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Big changes for Metro Retro in 2022

Hello from Steve and Jamie at Metro Retro.  Today we are revealing what we have been building for the last two years, and how that will affect you as users of Metro Retro.

We are announcing the launch date of the new Metro Retro.

The first version of Metro Retro started as a hack-day project, built in just 18 hours.  After about a year of evening and weekend work, it turned into what you are using today.  Since then, nearly 500,000 people from 140 countries have used Metro Retro.  We’re grateful to every single one of you for having taken Metro Retro for a spin.  It’s been amazing to watch it happen.

Our objective is to provide the best collaboration and productivity software on the planet.  A product that supercharges your meetings. A tool that amplifies your power to capture and organize information.  And most importantly, an app that feels so good to use that you’ll want to tell all your friends about it.

Metro Retro V2 is our first step (or maybe second step) towards this objective.  It’s a new application, designed and architected to provide a foundation to build our vision upon, while still maintaining the flexible, fun and intuitive feel you’ve all grown to love in our current app.  It’s available now via our Early Access program and will be launching in early 2022.

What does this mean in plain English?

In short:

  • We’re launching a new version of Metro Retro that will replace the current version early next year (roadmap below).
  • It includes a completely revamped board experience with an advanced editor, new tools, more templates, facilitator controls, and an even better slap mechanic.
  • There's a new team dashboard with spaces and folders, more security settings, single-sign on, and more in the pipeline.
  • It's designed for running all kinds of meetings, not just retrospectives.

You can see a preview of the new features on the Announcement page.

When is this happening?

Here is our current roadmap of the changes.  

Present to Jan 31st 2022:
  • V2 is available in the Early Access program.
  • Early Adopter plan open to program members.
1st Feb 2022:
  • Early Access program ends.
  • All registered users will be invited to create V2 team accounts.
  • New* sign-ups will automatically receive V2 team accounts.
1st March 2022:
  • Access to Metro Retro V1 will become read-only.  
  • Users should migrate their boards to V2.
1st June 2022:
  • Metro Retro V1 will be taken offline.
  • Any unmigrated boards will automatically be migrated.

* New means someone registering directly, not just visiting a v1 board link.  New users that are invited to a V1 board will be still given access to V1 until the end of the V1 lifetime.

Will Metro Retro still be free?

We are endeavoring to still provide a free tier for small teams or those that only use the tool infrequently.  This will ultimately depend on the economics of it and whether we can make it work, but we would like to and therefore it is our current plan to do so.

The free offering will have limits applied to the product usage.

How much will it cost?

Free tier

You can run meetings with the great new features, templates and tools, but you’ll have a limit on the number of boards you can create, and the number of objects you can create in those boards.

Team - $6 per team member, per month

Unlimited boards and data with advanced collaboration features, as well as more security and privacy options.

Enterprise - $12 per team member, per month

Everything in the Team plan, but for those who have custom requirements and/or further security needs.

Early Adopter - $5.50 per team member, per month

The Early Adopter plan gives your team all features and unlimited boards, plus VIP support. Early Adopters will get new features before everyone else, direct support from the founders, as well as helping shape our roadmap. This plan is only available to teams who join the Early Access program before Jan 31st.

Consultant / Freelancer (contact us)

The pricing plans above are based on teams who work together regularly - so talk to us if you would need a freelancer / consultant plan. We are still working on the details for this plan, so if you are interested, please let us know and we can include you in shaping the plan.

Why are you doing this to me?

Well, because it takes a lot of time and effort to build and maintain a service like this.  Unlike our competitors, many of whom have millions in venture capital behind them, we are entirely self funded and have zero external stakeholders.

This gives us great flexibility and a lot of freedom, but limits what we can afford to provide for free.  We’ve run Metro Retro for the last three years without charging a penny.  If the reduction in our free offering means that you have to stop using the service, we are sorry, and thank you for giving us a try.

But your name is Metro Retro?

Yeah, we will get to that eventually.  It was really useful to have our main function in our name when establishing our early customer base.  Now that we are broadening our scope, it is kinda confusing.  We'll revisit the name in the future.

I have questions…

If you'd like to talk to us, please use the support chat or email jamie@metroretro.io.

We will be publishing more details of the plans soon.

I love Metro Retro - how can I help you?

We’re a small team of two people, so the first thing we want to do is to expand the team. The best way you can help us is to start a subscription - take advantage of the Early Adopter plan!

If you want to support us and are unable to afford a full plan, or are a non-profit or charitable organization, please talk to us about discounted memberships.

If you want to help us even further - there’s a few things you can do:

  1. Tell us the templates and features you’d like to see in Metro Retro.
  2. Write or record a testimonial for us to put on our site. You can see some lovely shout outs from customers at https://metroretro.io/about
  3. Link to Metro Retro from your personal blog or company site.
  4. Share what you love about Metro Retro with colleagues, friends, on social media, at conferences...

How to join the Early Access Program

To join Early Access, just complete the request form.