Schedule, Focus, Features

4.4 opened for commit on August 19th of 2015 during the 4.4 kickoff meeting and is currently scheduled for December of 2015. The community wishlist has been narrowed down to these possible features. Several feature plugins are candidates for 4.4.

Follow Along

make/core is the development hub for WordPress. If you want to follow WordPress 4.4 development, that’s the first place to look.

If you want to dive deeper into 4.4, development is discussed at a weekly meeting in the #core Slack channel every Wednesday. The next meeting is Wednesday, September 09, 2015 15:00 UTC-5.

Test

Use the beta tester plugin to put a site on the bleeding edge nightly track. This will set your site up to receive daily 4.4 updates automatically. Also, install all of the feature plugins.

If you later decide to leave the nightly build track, rolling back to the latest stable release is easily done via Dashboard > Updates.