WordPress 3.9 Beta 1 is now available for testing & the stable version will come out in April 15th. I posted an article last month detailing all new potential features for the 3.9 release, which you can check by clicking here. This beta releases contains following new features:
- The latest TinyMCE 4.0.18 version, which came out in the last week of February. The original TinyMCE 4 has a great new look, while the TinyMCE in WordPress 3.9 looks just like the previous version of the editor. The only notable change in the editor is that they have removed the “Paste from Word” button and has added tool tip effect. Plus, distraction free editing mode no longer wakes up on the mouse move unless it’s in the toolbar of the editor. They have also removed color picker option from the visual editor.
- The 3.9 Beta has added Widget Customizer to the core, which we also reported in our 3.9 feature list. With Widget Customizer, you can easily edit widgets of your website very easily. You can take a look at the Widget Customizer at this link.
- This new release also brings 3.8’s beautiful new theme browsing experience to the theme installer.
- Galleries now receive a live preview in the editor. You can now drag-and-drop images directly onto the editor to upload them, something similar to Facebook’s drap-and-drop feature. Some things got improved around editing images as well. Plus, an all new audio/video playlists feature has been added.
Second beta of 3.9 is expected to come out later this month, which may add Better Widgets and Front-end editor to its core. You can check all other potential features for the final WordPress 3.9 release at this link.