WordPress 3.8, named “Parker” in honor of American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update from your WordPress dashboard.

WordPress 3.8 Dashboard Screenshot

The first thing you’ll notice after upgrading is the new fresh look dashboard. This has been based on MP6 plugin that was put together by core developers at WordPress to split out the admin UI.

  • Modern aesthetic: The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.
  • Clean typography: The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.
  • Refined contrast: With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.
  • High definition at high speed: WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.
  • Admin color schemes: WordPress now includes eight new admin color schemes, which can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.
  • Refined theme management: The new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Click to add more information, and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through themes.
  • Smoother widget experience: The widgets screen has been streamlined. On large monitors, multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space while on tablets, just tap a widget to add it.

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