Everybody is talking about the coming WP 2.5 (version 2.4 is skipped). A few weeks ago I started to take a closer look at the nightly builds.
The biggest change (at least on the surface) happened in the admin panel which has been completely reorganized. At the time of the transition from 1.5 to 2.x the basic layout of the dashboard and admin panels didn’t change radically; it was more about getting colours and some “ajaxification”.
This time the changes are big. And I don’t refer to the colours (which you can restore anyway, if the dark blue makes you happier!). It is about the organizing principle behind it and how it translates into buttons, panels and subpanels. I don’t understand why some users are complaining about it. It is cleaner, more logical and easy to use. Yes, you will have to spend a few minutes to learn the new layout and/or the name of the new buttons (new name of some buttons?) – but it’s worth.
Just minutes ago I checked the SVN and the current version WP 2.5-RC2 (release candidate 2). Which means we are getting closer and closer to the final. And Matt just posted a screencast about some new features in the WP dev blog.