The latest and greatest version of the WordPress 3.3 is ready to download here or upgrade to from the Updates section of your blog’s Dashboard. It’s named as Sonny after the famous jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt.
WordPress has had over 65 million downloads since version 3.0 was released, and in this third major iteration we’ve added significant polish around the new user experience, navigation, uploading, and imports. Check out this short video that summarizes the things we think you’ll find are the cat’s pajamas:
Experienced users will appreciate the new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer. they’ve also been thinking a ton about what the WordPress experience is like for people completely new to the software. Version 3.3 has significant improvements there with pointer tips for new features included in each update, a friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface. Finally they’ve improved the dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support.
There is a ton of candy for developers as well. they’d recommend starting your exploration with the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens, more performant post-slug-only permalinks, and of course the entire list of improvements on the Codex and in Trac.
If you’re running into trouble after upgrading to WordPress 3.3, there is a master list of known issues and FAQs on the forums which will be updated regularly, and the kind volunteers in the support forums will be more than happy to help you with any of your troubles.