The features we slated for 2.6 have been in the repository for awhile now, so were going to start our beta cycle in preparation for a mid-July release. Get Beta 1 here. 2.6 isnt a big release like 2.5 was, but it has a few new features for you.
Post Revisioning A Press This bookmarklet for tumblelog style quick posting Caching of static files with Gears for faster Admin page loads A new and improved image editing dialog that offers lots of control over the images in your posts Theme previewing as seen on WordPress.com Built-in word counting in the post editor The ability to disable remote publishing for the security conscious XML-RPC API for changing blog options Better SSL support for the Admin Hierarchy-aware paging in the Manage Pages and Manage Categories admin pages. The ability to relocate your content directory The ability to move wp-config.php out of your web root Drag-and-drop sortable galleries Customizable default avatars Bulk delete, activate, and deactivate for plugins Check box range selection with shift-click TinyMCE 126.96.36.199 with lots of bug fixes jQuery 1.2.6 with some nice performance improvements jQuery UI 1.5 Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements
Enjoy, and thanks for testing.