We made it - Sitefinity 4 was officially released on January 14th. This release is the culmination of 2 years of hard work by the biggest product team at Telerik. During that time we tackled a lot of challenges, learned a lot of lessons, reached many milestones and enjoyed great results, which made our team stronger and more productive. We gathered a lot of velocity and will keep that momentum going. Now the release is out the door so it is time for us to look ahead and start planning our next moves.
So what’s next?
Going forward, Sitefinity will follow the Telerik release cycle with 3 releases per year – Q1, Q2 and Q3. Sitefinity 4 has introduced a lot of improvements on upgrades and backwards compatibility which significantly facilitate the upgrade process. The frequent releases will allow us to deliver new functionality and enhancements shortly after we implement them in Sitefinity. This will eliminate the need to stockpile a lot of features for a “major” release. The next release of Sitefinity (Q1, 2011) will come out in the week of April 4.
The new release cycle will also come with a change in the naming of the Sitefinity versions. To make the Sitefinity version naming more intuitive and closely related to the particular release, the version name will consist of the release name and the year it came out. For example the next version of Sitefinity will be called Q1, 2011 instead of Sitefinity 4.1.
Transparent planning for each release
When it comes to planning the development of Sitefinity, we want to provide accurate timing for each release(noted above) as well as a list of the new features, enhancements, improvements and changes each release will deliver. We have created a public roadmap which we will frequently update. Now we have published the roadmap for the Q1 release and Q2 will be added in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.