I sat in on the Making WordPress #core Slack channel the other day for the weekly dev chat – the first proper one of 2015.
He also indicated that the WordPress release cycle for 2015 will see 3 releases; April, August and December.
New Stuff for 2015
There are some exciting new features planned for inclusion into core this year and Andrew hinted at some.
- WP REST API due for late this year; maybe 4.3 or 4.4
- image flow work
- customizer plugins (some poss. 4.2)
- mobile improvements
- accessibility improvements
- updates improvements
Over to Drew
With that, Drew took the reigns to discuss what needed to be done for WordPress 4.2.
4.2 has a target drop date of April 8th but also has ~150 trac tickets against the milestone.
At the moment the release schedule is tentative but it’s a good indication of what you can expect to come.
Feature plugins for 4.2
Continuing the successful core development pattern of “Feature Plugins”, focus for 4.2 inclusions will be:
As well as the above plugins, in general the WordPress UI will get a “polish” in the areas of accessibility & mobility.
There was also chat about including a feature to allow admins to generate and email new password to users (trac ticket) as well as incorporating a random password generator UI on the user profile. That would certainly be a welcome addition.
A 4.1.1 maintenance release is almost ready to ship as we speak. Expect it sometime in the coming week.