jQuery 3.0 Beta Has Been Released
jQuery recently completed 10 years, and on the occasion of its 10th birthday, the jQuery team gifted itself with a new version: jQuery 3.0 Beta has been released, and is now available for download.
Ahead of the release of jQuery 3.0 Beta, the earlier versions of jQuery, 1.x and 2.x, received minor security fixes and patches as well, and until a stable version of 3.0 is released, the older versions will continue to receive minor updates. However, for all practical purposes, jQuery 3.0 is the future, and developers are encouraged to give the beta version a spin in their test projects.
What does jQuery 3.0 Beta have to offer? Among other things, it has dropped support for older versions of Internet Explorer, so if you need IE 6, 7 or 8 support, jQuery 3.0 is probably not the version meant for you. However, support for IE 9 and 10, albeit dropped by Microsoft, continues to be available in jQuery 3.0 as of now.
Besides, jQuery 3.0 Beta also comes with various performance changes and new methods. You can learn more about it on the official blog post.
If you have been following jQuery 3.0 development for a while, you might be aware that a new variant of jQuery was announced with jQuery 3.0 Alpha — jQuery Compat, meant primarily to ensure backwards compatibility with older versions of IE. However, now that Microsoft has retired all versions of IE except 11, jQuery Compat loses meaning, and has been dropped too.