WordPress 2.8 just released today and although I haven’t time to thoroughly dig into the details yet, there are already two new features that I like a lot.
WordPress 2.8's new theme browser, complete with full page previews
First off, there’s a new Themes Preview feature that I like much better than the old version. In WP 2.8 theme previews loaded in a Lightbox, kind of like a photos do, but the Lightbox window contained actual data from your site. The new Preview tool loads an entirely new page with your site in it. It works much better and gives you a much better idea of how your site will look with the new theme.
They’ve also updated WordPress’ Widget tools, making them much easier to use and making it much more obvious what the widget you’re adding as going to add to your site. Earlier versions of WordPress didn’t give you much information on the widgets you were adding and it was impossible to see all of your columns and sidebars at once, which made it difficult to know whether or not you already had a widget installed. WordPress 2.8 gives you detailed information on your widgets and makes it much easier to see everything at once.
WordPress 2.8's new widget window
I’m sure there’s much more, but from what I’ve seen so far, I’ll like WordPress 2.8 better already.