WordPress 2.7 now has it’s first beta, the release includes many new features but the one you’ll notice first is the new design. While the new layout is not completed in this beta release, I like the way its going allowing quick easy access to admin pages without loading a few pages first.
The other big update for this release is the ability to upgrade the core automatically, while I haven’t yet tried this it is high on my list of things to do.
I’ve installed the release on a test site and so far I’m very pleased with what the guys at Automattic have done here. Below are some images I’ve taken from my test install.