I know what you are thinking. Doesn’t it feel like WordPress 3.2 was just released? Well WordPress 3.3 beta 1 is already here, and while it’s not quite the final version it does meanthat we’re getting much closer!
WordPress Lead Developer Ryan Boren announced on the WordPress.org blog that the first beta is ready for testing. So it’s time to get out your flyswatters and be on the lookout for any bugs that need squashing.
If you’re curious what’s new in WordPress 3.3, Boren mentions the shiny new media uploader (with Plupload), the revamped admin bar, and fancy new fly-out admin menus. I’d also encourage you not to forget my personal favorite, the recent commit that eliminates performance issues with the %postname% permalink structure.
In the announcement, Boren also has a message for all those who develop plugins and themes:
Theme and plugin authors, if you haven’t been following the 3.3 development cycle, please start now so that you can update your themes and plugins to be compatible with the newest version of WordPress.
So what are you waiting for? I have been running and testing WordPress 3.3 for a while now via the WordPress Beta Tester plugin, and you can too! If you do find a bug, head on over to the alpha/beta section of the WordPress Forums or on the wp-testers mailing list.