The popular blogging platform spent six months on this latest release, twice their normal development cycle, but there were some pretty big changes they wanted to implement. The most radical change is a complete overhaul to the admin area with a new dashboard with better organization as well as new stat tracking widgets.
Amongst other features are a new media gallery that allows you to manage and search images as well as video, editing protection for multi-author blogs, automatic plugin download & update and far too many additions more to list. Overall this is such a huge update to the system that you almost wonder why they didn’t go to calling it 3.0 as opposed to 2.5. Upgrading is easy if you do it manually; one-click install systems will probably have the upgrade within a few days. Overall it looks like a very worthy update from the previous edition.