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After more than a couple of months in development, WordPress 4.4 beta 1 is now available for testing with over 1,600 commits since WordPress 4.3’s release. Commits are bug fixes, additional functions, new features, and corrected typos.

There are three new distinct user facing features in WordPress 4.4.

  • Twenty Sixteen
  • Responsive Images
  • oEmbed Posts

Scott Taylor, who is leading the 4.4 development cycle, gives developers at least four reasons to be excited.

  • REST API (phase 1)
  • Term Metadata
  • Improved
  • Comments

Take note that the beta is still software in development and therefore not recommend for use on a production site. WordPress 4.4 is scheduled for release on December 8th.  The description of each features in WordPress 4.4 enumerated above is available for viewing at WordPress 4.4 Beta 1 Released.

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