WordPress 4.8 Beta 1, the initial beta for next month’s release of WordPress 4.8, was released on May 13. This is a minor update but it does feature major three enhancements. They are as follows:
- An improved visual editor experience, with a new TinyMCE. It enables you to navigate more intuitively in and out of inline elements like links.
- An upgraded dashboard news widget to bring in nearby and upcoming events including meetups and WordCamps.
- Several new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, and an enhancement to the text widget to support visual editing.
According to Matt Mullenweg, the lead for 4.8, the goal behind this updated was to make the editing posts with links easier, improve widgets and make them more convenient to use and to make WordPress users more aware of the many community events happening around them and the globe.
The first beta of 4.8 is now available for testing. You can test WordPress 4.8 Beta 1 using the beta tester plugin or just run trunk.