Drupal 8.2.0 will be released October 5; beta begins week of August 3

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Drupal 8.2.0, the next planned minor release of Drupal 8, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Minor releases include new features, usability improvements, and backwards-compatible API improvements. Here's what this means for core patches.

Drupal 8.2.0-beta1 will be released the week of August 3

  • In preparation for the minor release, Drupal 8.2.x will enter a beta phase the week of August 3.
  • Developers and site owners can begin testing the beta.
  • The 8.3.x branch of core will be created, and future feature and API additions will be targeted against that branch instead of 8.2.x.
  • All outstanding issues filed against 8.2.x will be automatically migrated to 8.3.x once it is opened.
  • During the beta phase, core issues will be committed according to the following policy:
    1. Most issues that are allowed for patch releases will be committed to all supported minor branches (8.1.x, 8.2.x, and 8.3.x) for the duration of the beta. Drupal 8.0.x is not supported anymore and changes are not made to that branch.
    2. Issues specific to added 8.2.x functionality, or disruptive changes that have a positive impact outweighing their disruption, will be committed to both 8.2.x and 8.3.x. (Such issues can be moved back to the 8.2.x branch after the automatic migration.)
    3. Most issues that are only allowed in minor releases will be committed to 8.3.x only.

Drupal 8.2.0-rc1 will be released the week of September 5

  • The release candidate phase for the minor release begins the week of September 5, and starting that week, the 8.2.x branch will be subject to release candidate restrictions, with only critical fixes and certain other limited changes allowed.
  • September 7 is also the final scheduled patch release window for 8.1.x, and it will not receive further development or support after that date aside from its final security release window on September 21.
  • All outstanding issues filed against 8.1.x will be automatically migrated to 8.2.x after the final 8.1.x patch release. Bug reports after September 7 should be targeted against the 8.2.x branch.
  • Minor versions may include changes to user interfaces, translatable strings, themes, internal APIs like render arrays and controllers, etc. (See the Drupal 8 backwards compatibility and internal API policy for details.) Developers and site owners should test the release candidate to prepare for these changes.
  • 8.3.x will remain open for new development during the 8.2.x release candidate phase.

See the Drupal core release cycle overview, Allowed changes during the Drupal 8 release cycle, and Drupal 8 backwards compatibility and internal API policy for more information.

As a reminder, we have until the start of the beta to add great new features to Drupal 8.2.x. Stabilizing experimental modules (such as Migrate and BigPipe), new features for workflows, and usability and bugfixes are all priorities for 8.2.0. Help with these feature requests and initiatives now for a great Drupal 8.2.0!