WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate is Now Available

The release candidate for WordPress 4.1 was released today and announced by John Blackbourn on the WordPress blog. Meaning WordPress 4.1 is done and ready to be downloaded (soon) and sent out to millions of users. Scheduled date for the release of 4.1 is planned for Tuesday, December 16.

A release candidate (RC) is a beta version with potential to be a final product, and now it is time for all WP enthusiasts and developers to test WordPress 4.1 RC1. Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

They encourage all developers to test their plugins and themes against WordPress 4.1 and update their plugin’s tested up to the latest version 4.1 before next week. If you find any compatibility problems make sure to post to the support forums before the final release.

It is recommended that you not use your regular blog but a test setup or install WordPress locally on your computer. An easy way to run WP locally is to install Instant WordPress on your hard drive or USB stick. You also need to install the WordPress Beta Tester plugin to download and install the beta and RC versions of your test environment.

If you haven’t tested 4.1 yet, now is the time!

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WordPress 4.1 is ready to go, but need to be tested and verified in every possible way to avoid potential problems and bugs. Are you interested in helping out, why not take the WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate for a test drive in your test environment. When you’re at it take the opportunity to check out the new default theme, Twenty Fifteen.

Or try other new features such as:

WordPress 4.1 Beta 1 Available
  • The new distraction-free writing mode for the editor.
  • The ability to automatically install new language packs right from the General Settings screen (available as long as your site’s file system is writable).
  • A new inline formatting toolbar for images embedded into posts.

To you who have tried the Beta and RC versions! What do you think? Big improvement or not?