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Umbraco 8.8 Release Candidate

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Written by Rune Strand

Improved accessibility and keyboard navigation, image cropping directly in the Grid and some nice developer features. That’s just some of the things you can look forward to in Umbraco 8.8 and you don’t have to wait that long, in fact, you can try it today 🎉

Umbraco 8.8 is chock-full of great little improvements and fixes that will make working with Umbraco even better. We´re in the final round of testing and you can help out by trying the release candidate and letting us know how you get on.

Overview:

To help you provide us with feedback, I’ve gathered an overview of some of the items that you can help test for this RC. We have run internal testing and are very happy with the current state of the build - but extra polishing and testing is always helpful. So if you have time to help - or just find yourself super curious, feel free to dive into the 8.8. RC today. 

How to test

First, you need to make a new Umbraco installation from 8.8RC (links below) or upgrade an existing project, both scenarios are valuable.

If you find things in the RC that are not working, we’d be grateful for feedback on the Github issue tracker. You’re welcome to add comments to the features and fixes listed under 8.8 release or submit new bug reports (click New Issue and select Bug Report), please prefix the with 8.8RC:

As mentioned previously, the RC is feature complete, so we’re not going to add additional features but will, of course, fix bugs that prevent a stable release.

What’s in Umbraco 8.8

Community contributions galore! This release contains 192 features, improvements and fixes, and a whopping 176 of these are community contributions. The Core Collaborators team have been busy reviewing and merging the fantastic work and that's why the turnaround of this release is so fast (Umbraco 8.7 was released last week). You can look forward to a friendlier user experience in the backoffice (in a large part thanks to the thanks to the accessibility team) but there are also performance enhancements and some very nice additions for developers.

With this many improvements, there is quite a big responsibility on testing the release. We do what we can with both automated and manual testing but we appreciate any help we can get with this. The experience you, as an Umbraco developer and/or editor, bring to the table is crucial in ensuring we have a great final release.

I’ll highlight a few items that are well worth testing but do feel free to poke around in the corners and report anything that seems out of place. You can find the full list of improvements on the Umbraco 8.8 download page - where the issues are now categorized so it should be a lot easier to get an overview of the release. Happy testing!

Backoffice UX and accessibility 

New Features in the Grid

Developer features

Known issues 🐛

This is a release candidate and while it is feature complete we have discovered a few issues after creating the release. This is just to let you know we’re on it:

Of course we’ll fix the above items before we create the final release!

How to get your hands on the Umbraco 8.8 RC

As always, installation and release notes can be found on Our: https://our.umbraco.com/contribute/releases/880

This release candidate is also available from Nuget: https://www.nuget.org/packages/UmbracoCms/8.8.0-rc

When is the public release?

We’re aiming for a full public release on October 1st, 2020. This means Umbraco 8.8 will be available for upgrade on Umbraco Cloud and via Nuget or the download page. We need a couple of days to wrap up the final release so the sooner we get your feedback the better 🙂

Big H5YR 🙌 to everyone who has contributed to Umbraco 8.8 and thanks to everyone willing to lend a hand in testing it out. It means the world to get it validated by the users.

Bug reports are best handled on the issue tracker and as always, we welcome you to submit product feedback and questions on product@umbraco.com 

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