I was suspecting this, just hours after posting about the miniumum requirement for WordPress 3.2, the Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg announced the release of WordPress 3.2, which is now available to the world for download.
Version 3.2 is the fifteenth major release of WordPress and is dedicated to noted composer and pianist George Gershwin. This releases comes just four months after 3.1 (which coincidentally just passed the 15 million download mark this morning.
"The focus for this release was making WordPress faster and lighter," Mullenweg noted..
- The first thing you'll notice when you log in to 3.2 is a refreshed dashboard design that tightens the typography, design, and code behind the admin. (Rhapsody in Grey?)
- If you're starting a new blog, you'll also appreciate the fully HTML5 new Twenty Eleven theme. There're also some fun new theme features shown off by Twenty Eleven, like the ability to have multiple rotating header images to highlight all of your favorite photos.
- "Start writing your first post in the redesigned post editor and venture to the full-screen button in the editing toolbar to enter the new distraction-free writing or zen mode."
- "All of the widgets, menus, buttons, and interface elements fade away to allow you to compose and edit your thoughts in a completely clean environment conducive to writing, but when your mouse strays to the top of the screen your most-used shortcuts are right there where you need them," Mullenweg stated.
- "Under the hood there've been a number of improvements, not the least of which is the streamlining enabled by our previously announced plan of retiring support for PHP4, older versions of MySQL, and legacy browsers like IE6, which allows us to take advantage of more features enabled by new technologies.
- "The admin bar has a few more shortcuts to your most commonly-used actions. On the comment moderation screen, the new approve & reply feature speeds up your conversation management."
- When you first update after 3.2, you'll notice in your that "only be updating the files that have changed with each new release instead of every file in your WordPress installation, which makes updates significantly faster on all hosting platformsb," Mullenweg said.
For full story check out the Codex page on 3.2 -- or, watch the video below to see the new features in action:
You can download it as an update in your dashboard and maunal download on WordPress.org.