The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.60, marking the beginning of a new phase of development for the open-source 3D package. Most notable in this release is 3D audio, UI translation, improved weight painting and a lot of animation system updates including a new motion capture toolset.
The Blender Foundation will make a migration schedule for all new features in a series of small steps; with stablest branches first. Each release is supposed to be stable, only finished branches will be added. Plan is to make a very tight schedule for this, with a bi-monthly release.