WordPress 4.7 will formally kick off at next week’s dev chat on August 24, with an anticipated release date of December 6. Please take a look at the schedule on the release overview page, which has some other notes (including a hopeful goal from me) and schedule caveats.
On the personnel front, I’m excited to introduce Jeff Paul (@jbpaul17) and Aaron Jorbin (@jorbin) as release deputies. Jeff is a team lead at XWP and comes highly recommended with lots of project management experience. I look forward to his help on that front and learning from him in an area that’s not my strength, and am really excited about doing some cross-agency collaboration on core. Jorbin is familiar to many of you, and will be helping on more of a technical/engineering management front, such as with bug scrubs. Having two release deputies serves a few purposes: it evens out availability, is a much better balance for including and mentoring somebody newer to contributing, and it’s a representation of the kind of skill diversity I want to see more of in core and in WordPress at large.
In the run up to kick off, get your wishlist items in and don’t forget to fill out this survey if you systematically dedicate time to working on WordPress core. Looking forward to what we make together! 4️⃣⏺7️⃣