The first major release of Sitefinity, after the official 4.0 release, will be postponed by one week and will be released on April 13th, as opposed to the initially planned April 6th.
While, we are ready with all the features that we have planned for the Q1 release, due to issues discovered either through our internal testing or through the support, we really want to extend our code-freeze period by one week in order to deliver a stable release.
The Q1 release is a major milestone and we believe we have done tremendous improvements to the system. We have implemented Virtual Path Provider for all the pages and templates in Sitefinity, which means that you will be able to use server side code as in a standard ASP.NET application, as well as build Intra-Site modules.
In addition to this, we have redone the Telerik Open Access implementation, which results in the fact that starting with Q1 Sitefinity can be run natively on Microsoft Azure. In addition to this, performance improvements – especially related to Forms module, Publishing System (RSS) are visible by bare eye.
We’ve also been carefully listening to your feedback, so the much requested features from Sitefinity 3.7, Shared Content and Lists module, made it also into this release.
So, as you can see, new features – together with several extremely important performance improvements and numerous bug fixes, is what makes Q1 release pivotal. Having all that in mind, we do not want to undermine the tremendous effort that went into this release, with trivial bugs that happen when the code-freeze period is not long enough.
Therefore, while we do understand that many of you have projects waiting for the Q1 release, it is our strong belief that one week later, but more stable release, will in the end be better for all involved.