WordPress has released first beta for upcoming blogging platform WordPress 3.2. According to WordPress team main focus in the released has been given to performance improvements. Latest WordPress will not support Internet Explorer 6. According to the official blog post is all goes well then WordPress 3.2 final version will be released by the end of June 2011.

WordPress 3.2 is still in development phase so it’s is not advisable to install this version on live site. For testing purpose you can setup a test site and walk around the changes and if you find any bug you can report it to WordPress development team. You should check out the Codex article on how to report bugs

Changes in WordPress 3.2 Beta 1

  • Performance improvements like you wouldn’t believe. What’s that mean? Things are faster!
  • Distraction-free Writing. The visual editor’s full-screen composing experience has gotten a major overhaul, and is now available from HTML mode, too. More than ever, WordPress allows you to focus on what matters most — your content.
  • Admin UI Refresh. The last major redesign of the WordPress was in 2008. This isn’t a major redesign, just a little facelift to keep us feeling young. WordPress turns 8 later this month, you know.
  • New Default Theme. Introducing Twenty Eleven, based on the popular Duster theme. Rotating header images, post format support, and more.
  • Browse Happy. WordPress is made to work with modern browsers. If you visit your Dashboard using an outdated web browser, we’ll let you know there’s a newer version available.
  • Admin Bar. We’ve added more links to the admin bar to make it even more useful.

Download WordPress 3.2 Beta 1

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