If you are using the open source version of WordPress on your home or office server, you can activate this new interface for your site using the Jetpack plug-in. A WordPress application for Macintosh OS X has also been released by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and the commercial version of WordPress. They also made the code available as open source software for everyone.
Since its inception in 2003, cofounded by Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress project has come a long way. It’s available as open source software used for developing the obsolete blogging software b2/cafelog. As reported by the technology survey giant, W3Techs, about 25% of websites today are now being powered by this software. Automattic has been around for a decade now and has an employee count of more than 400 people. The age old software at WordPress obviously needed a change now. This was confirmed by the cofounder with his statement, “We realized that the tech wasn’t going to take us to the next decade.”
About a year-and-a-half ago, the Automattic team set down to vigorous work, bent upon changing the WordPress admin interface to make it more responsive and agile. Formerly, the new features were only introduced to selected users, but now it is available to general public without distinction.
When Mullengweg was approached to give his opinion about whether the new interface, known as Calypso, would become a part of the main WordPress project too, he commented it all depends on how the community responds to the new change and that he is optimistic in this regard. Integrating Calypso will require overcoming some technical challenges as it is not just a visual redesign but a complete technical revamp.
To reduce the amount of work that is involved in adding new features to new platforms, Mullenweg has declared that the same set of technologies are being used to build both Mac desktop app as well as its mobile app. Welcome WordPress, the next generation.