WordPress 3.7 – Release Candidate 1

Andrew Nacin of the WordPress core team, announced yesterday that WordPress 3.7 Release Candidate (RC) 1 is now available.

Andrew notes something very important about a WordPress 3.7 change.

WordPress 3.7 introduces automatic background updates for security and minor releases (like updating from 3.7 to 3.7.1). These are really easy to test — RC 1 will update every 12 hours or so to the latest development version, and then email you the results. (You may get two emails: one for debugging, and one all users of 3.7 will receive.) If something went wrong, you can report it.

Emphasis added me in the above quote. This is something really important to note, and I think it’s a really good thing for WordPress.

With the release of WordPress 3.7, WordPress will be self-updated for all minor versions. This means security releases and minor bugs. This means that it excludes major feature releases.

As a history run down of WordPress 3.7, WordPress Beta 1 was released on Sep 28th, 2013, and version 3.7 was officially announced on July 27th. So for us to already be at RC1 is a good sign.

The WordPress core team plans to release both WordPress 3.7 and WordPress 3.8 by the end of 2013.