According to the official WordPress blog, WordPress 2.8 Release Candidate 1 was officially released several hours ago.

Here is what they say:

With Release Candidate 1, we think WordPress 2.8 is ready and complete. Download it, test it, and tell us what you think. If you donít uncover any bad bugs, 2.8 will be released on Wednesday the 10th.

If youíre interested in what has changed since beta 2, consult the changelog.

If you donít know what all is new with WordPress 2.8, check out this post by TechnoSailor.

Download WordPress 2.8 Release Candidate 1
Changelog from Beta 2