WordPress 4.7.3-RC1 is now available!

Please help test! Here’s the build: https://wordpress.org/wordpress-4.7.3-RC1.zip

What’s in this releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.?

We made some improvements to media upload handling after the 4.7.1 release, so this is a good flow to test. Especially if you have the Disable Real MIME Check plugin installed, please remove it and re-test uploading your previously problematic files. See #39550 and #39552 for details.

Many of the changes are REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.-related, in particular fixes to post and comment date handling, the wp-api.js client, and a few other miscellaneous parameters. There’s a full list on the REST API changelog page.

There are also a good number of CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. fixes and UXUX User experience improvements, and a few other changes in other components.

You can browse the full list of changes on Trac.

What’s next?

Committers: Please consider the 4.7.3 milestone and the 4.7 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". frozen, barring any major issues with RC1.

The 4.7.3 release is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 (one week from today).