"WordPress 5.6.1 is a short-cycle maintenance release. The next major release will be version 5.7..."
"Josepha Haden Chomphosy, the Executive Director of WordPress, posted a follow-up to her outline of the upcoming year. Questions mounted about what a minimum viable product (MVP) looked like for Full Site Editing (FSE), which is expected to be ready in the Gutenberg plugin in April. The core team is also shooting for a June launch of FSE in WordPress when it ships WordPress 5.8..."
"In my Big Picture Goals post, I mentioned that our top focus for 2021 will be merging Full Site Editing (FSE) into Core. This goal includes a v1 for FSE in Core that shows a plausible promise, components (like the widget and navigation editors) that help bridge the gap to FSE, and block-based themes that really showcase how blocks can lower the barrier to entry for WordPress users at all skill levels."
"WordPress 5.7 Beta 1 was released this week on schedule and is ready for wider testing. This release will introduce 68 new features and enhancements, dozens of bug fixes, and versions 9.3 – 9.9 of the Gutenberg plugin..."
"The next major release of WordPress will make it much easier for users to migrate their sites from HTTP to HTTPS. It introduces new capabilities to detect if the user’s hosting environment has support for HTTPS and provides a one-click update process, handling mixed content rewrites where possible..."
"Version 9.9 of the Gutenberg plugin landed earlier today. While it includes several minor UI improvements, the biggest user-facing change is the inclusion of icon and background color options for the Social Links block. Theme authors can now add support for rounded image borders. They are also faced with a breaking change to their theme JSON files..."