Following the conversation in Core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. chat a few weeks back (Oct. 25, Nov. 1), here are some proposed dates for releases in 2024. These are open to adjustment, but the current dates attempt to account for major holidays and WordPress events.
- 6.5 – Beta 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. 1 on Feb. 13, final release on Mar. 26 (WordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Asia Mar. 7-9)
- 6.6 – Beta 1 on Jun. 4, final release on Jul. 16 (WordCamp Europe Jun. 13-15)
- 6.7 – Beta 1 on Sep. 24, final release on Nov. 5 (WordCamp US still TBD)
Given that 2024 will hold a bulk of the work for Phase 3, I expect that 6.5 and 6.7 will be focused on those Collaborative features. I would like to propose that 6.6 be held specifically for maintenance and general polish of the software (as was wished for earlier this year).
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