As announced by Matt Mullenweg, WordPress 2.8 became available June 10th. The version is named “Baker” after the jazz trumpeteer and vocalist, Chet Baker. As explained by Matt during WordCamp Chicago, each of the versions of WordPress that have come forth are named after jazz musicians because of his love of music, as well as background in music. Of course, this information had not been just released to those at the convention, but a week before in San Francisco. Nevertheless, most WordPress users I am sure are happy to hear this news as it brings WordPress another step higher since its birth over 6 years ago.
Some of the key features that are noticeable in this version, according to the the WordPress development blog are:
– 2.8 runs faster than its previous versions
– one click installs from the theme repository to your blog, straight from your WP admin panel
– CodePress editor: provides a syntax editor for those who like to edit plugins from the admin panel side
– Redesigned widget interface
– and more than 180 more features added
This is a huge step! There is a great video on the WordPress.org blog on all of the features mentioned above and a little bit more.
What kind of things are you wanting for future WordPress versions?