There is a little over a month for WordPress 3.3 to be released. Right now the release date is set for November 29, 2011. You can check out the version 3.3 project schedule here. Its time for you to see whats in store and what to expect when WordPress 3.3 is released. Here is a list of some of the biggest new features and Improvements with WordPress 3.3.
1) The beautiful revamped Admin Bar.
The admin bars have taken on a much simpler look and the option to deactivate the Admin bar while viewing the dashboard has been removed.
2) The new media Uploader.
WordPress 3.3 has replaced its flash based Media uploader with Plupload. which allows you to upload files using HTML5, Flash, Silverlight, Gears, Browserplus or the simple normal upload. The most significant update with Plupload will be Drag and Drop uploading.
3) The new feature pointer.
The new feature pointer will alert you via a pop up pointer about new features. Plugin and Theme authors can also add their own pointers to educate users about new features in their plugins or themes after an updated.
4) New Fly Out Admin Menus.
This has enhanced the useability of the WordPress admin panel. WordPress 3.3 has fly out admin menus.
These four features are on the user interface of WordPress 3.3, but there is much more upgrading that has to be done to the code of WordPress for security and optimization of performance.
WordPress 3.3 beta 2 was just released today. Here is a list of some of the fixes since WordPress 3.3 beta 1.
- Fixed IE7 and RTL support
- Finished the Pointers implementation
- Landed the dashboard Welcome box for new installs
- Improved contextual help styling
- Improved flyout menu styling and fixed several glitches
This is just a beta release and should not be used on a production site.