WordPress 6.1 Planning Roundup v2

The WordPress 6.1 Development Cycle page has been published with an updated timeline and release team and will be kept up to date to reflect any further changes to the release cycle.

Release Schedule

Based on the feedback received in the first schedule proposal, this updated schedule includes a third betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. release before the release candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). phase, pushing the stable release date one week later to November 1st, 2022. To avoid celebrating the dry run during the widely observed October 31st holidays, the dry run is proposed to take place on October 28th instead but could be adjusted depending on the release squad availability.

Alpha (trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision. open for 6.1 release)May 3, 2022
Beta 1 & Feature FreezeSeptember 20, 2022
Beta 2September 27, 2022
Beta 3October 4, 2022
Release Candidate 1October 11, 2022
Release Candidate 2October 18, 2022
Release Candidate 3October 25, 2022
Dry RunOctober 28, 2022
WordPress 6.1 General ReleaseNovember 1, 2022

Release squad

Thanks to everybody that volunteered for the release squad! Considering all applications for the different roles, a release team has been put together with project leadership to ensure all areas are properly covered and balanced.

Thanks to @chanthaboune and @cbringmann for helping shape the schedule and release squad, and for peer reviewing this post.