Today, we are delighted to present what is intended to be our final release candidate for XenForo. Barring unforeseen circumstances (now where have we heard that before?), our next release after this one will be XenForo 1.0.0 final/stable/gold. For now however, the usual pre-release software caveats still apply. All licensed customers may now download the new version from the customer area. Installation and upgrade steps are listed below, though they remain unchanged from previous versions. This is Unsupported Software Although this is our final release candidate and we are confident in its stability, please remember that this release is not officially supported. Support is limited at this time to questions here on the community forums. If you choose to run unsupported software, it is your responsibility to ensure that you make a backup of your data. What is a Release Candidate? After a number of beta releases, the functionality of the product should be complete and the rate of bugs being reported (should) slow to a trickle, allowing the development team to work through the backlog and reduce the number of bugs to a handful. We have now reached this point in the development of XenForo 1.0.0, so the time is right to produce a release candidate. This means that the software is proposed as stable, and a period of time is allowed to verify the proposal. If no major bugs are found during that period, the software will be released as 1.0.0. If major bugs are found that are considered sufficiently important to delay the release, we will see a second release candidate. This process continues until no major bugs are discovered during the probation period for the latest release candidate. Notable Changes The development priority at this time is preparing XenForo 1.0.0 for stable release, but in the process of fixing bugs and polishing features, there have been some notable changes that may be of interest to you. Some of these changes are described below.