WordPress logoHonoring legendary drummer Elvin Jones, we now have WordPress 3.5!

Per Matt’s update on the WordPress Blog this morning, the primary updates are subtle and effective, but there is some dramatic significance to a key component – that being the completely re-imagined flow for uploading photos and creating galleries.

As Matt states,

“…media has long been a friction point and we’ve listened hard and given a lot of thought into crafting this new system.”

3.5 also includes a new default theme, Twenty Twelve, which has a clean mobile-first responsive design.

The dashboard has also been refreshed, with updates that are Retina-ready with high resolution graphics, a new color picker, and streamlining a couple of fewer-used sections of the admin.

BTW – Matt loves Retina and responsive…keep that in mind, there will be a significant focus on development and UI enhancements for WordPress along those lines in the foreseeable future.

Here is a video that briefly highlights these platform updates:

For existing WordPress.org blog owners, as always you can upgrade via the Admin section of your site. For those looking to download the code directly, you can head over to wordpress.org. For those who like to dig deeper into the weeds, here is a link to the Codex that details everything that was updated in 3.5