While WordPress.org team start putting the finishing touches on the version 3.1 of WordPress, in the meantime, the WordPress.com users are automatically included in the beta testing, with access to new features about a month before they're officially released:
- Easier Internal Linking feature, let you enter any URL to create a link just like you used to, OR you can search existing posts and pages right there in the link popup. A combination of pre-loading, autocomplete, and some ajaxy goodness make the new link creation tool a joy.
- Column Sorting: The little arrow next to the column heading (in example screenshot, the Date column) shows you which column is determining the sort order, and if it's ascending or descending. Just click on the column header to sort by that column, or to reverse the order.
- Better Pagination with new pagination style, those quick forward/back and first/last links are still there, but now you can jump right to any screen by just changing the editable number shown in the pagination area (and hitting enter).
- Ajax Search Results makes it faster reviewing search results and no longer require screen refreshes in the dashboard.
- Revised Blue Color Scheme is lighter, cleaner, and based on the same shadings as the gray color scheme but with a blue hue so that your focus can remain firmly on your content creation, without distraction. If you've never tried the blue color scheme, now would be a great time to give it a whirl and see how you like it!
- Improved IE9 Support. If you've had any trouble using drag and drop features in the dashboard or have had any problems with the Visual editor on the post creation screen when using IE9! Improvements have been made to make these features work smoothly in the latest Microsoft browser.