WordPress 4.2 Beta 3 Now Available

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The latest stable version of WordPress available for users is version 4.1.1. However, if you’re the adventurous type or someone who develops themes and plugins and would like to test out products for future versions and functionality, then you would probably be interested in getting the latest beta versions of the software. WordPress 4.2 Beta 3 was released yesterday and is now available for download and installation. Since the software is still in development, it is strongly recommended to be run or installed on test sites.

Below are some of the new features, functionality and other significant changes included in Beta 3:

  • Removed Shiny Installs functionality due to concerns about the activation workflow. Please test the remaining “Shiny Updates” functionality from both the Plugins > Add New and Plugins screens to ensure in-line updating still works as well as before.
  • Fixed an issue with the Comments Quick Edit layout breaking on smaller screens. Please test on your mobile devices.
  • Improved accessibility of login screen errors.
  • Refined the emoji compatibility script to only load on the front- and back-end if the browser requires it. If you’re using a legacy web browser, please test.
  • Fixed several issues in Press This with inserted images being improperly linked to locations other than the source site.
  • Standardized the time display format in a variety of admin screens, switching to 24-hour notation where a.m. or p.m. are not specified.
  • Various other bug fixes.

To try out this developmental software, users can install the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or download the WordPress 4.2 Beta 3 zip file. For those who will be trying out this software, you can submit any bugs that you find at the Alpha/Beta area of the support forums.

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