From the ‘Publishers’ Blogging Platform’ files:
The open source WordPress 3.5 was released in December and so its now time for WordPress developers to turn their attention to WordPress 3.6.
While it’s still early in the development process, one new feature that is likely to land in WordPress 3.6 is Edit Flow. With EditFlow, the evolution of WordPress from being a simple blogging platform to being a robust large enterprise-class Content Management System will take a giant leap forward.
Edit Flow has been a WordPress plugin but it could become part of the core platform with WordPress 3.6. Edit Flow provides just what the name implies, an editorial workflow. So for a journalist or publication there is the facility to have an editorial calendar and comments as well as content stages toward live publication.
Simply posting content just isn’t enough when it comes to running a full scale publication and while Edit Flow has been available as a plug-in, by integrating the core tech into WordPress core it will become much more.
WordPress 3.6 overall is shaping up to be one of the most exciting WordPress releases in years for other reasons as well. The current plan also includes improvements to distraction-free writing, UI improvements for menus and revisions for content tracking improvements.
The WordPress 3.6 feature development freeze doesn’t happen until March 11th so there is still plenty of time for more open source goodness to land. The target date for the WordPress 3.6 release currently stands at April 22nd.