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WordPress 3.3 “Sonny” Released; WordPress Hits 65 Million Downloads Since 3.0 Release

WordPress 3.3 SonyWordPress 3.3 released today, is named as “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. This third major iteration added significant improvements around the new user experience, navigation, uploading, and imports.

In an announcement post Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic revealed that “WordPress has over 65 million downloads since version 3.0 was released.”

  • New drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer.
  • Version 3.3 has significant improvements there with pointer tips for new features included in each update, a friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface.
  • Improved dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support.

For Developers, “There is a ton of candy for developers as well. It’s recommend starting your exploration with the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens, more performant post-slug-only permalinks, and of course the entire list of improvements on the Codex and in Trac,” said Mullenweg.

You can download the WordPress 3.3 here, or upgraded to from the Updates section of your blog’s Dashboard.

Check out this short video that summarizes the features:

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