WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 has been made available. WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 sports a new user interface, speed enhancements and more. I think the new user interface is worth an SVN checkout. Still WordPress 2.7 remains to be rather premature with some minor bugs yet to be ironed out. I won’t be upgrading this blog right now, but definitely will when it is released.

Speaking of the final release, it will not be available on November 10th as originally scheduled. We are two weeks behind schedule at the moment. We need a little more time to finish the visual design, do a round of user testing against that finished design, and do a proper round of public beta testing. Our plan is to keep working as if Nov. 10 is still the release date. However, instead of releasing the final 2.7 on the 10th, we will make a release candidate available instead. The release candidate is intended to be a high-quality, almost-finished release that we are comfortable recommending for broad use. After Nov. 10, the focus will be on fixing high impact bugs turned up by those of you testing the release candidate. I suspect 2.7 will be ready for final release by the end of November. A specific date will be set as we progress through the public beta cycle and get a feel for how solid the release is. (Source: WordPress blog)

And of course, the WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 download link.

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