The first beta of WordPress 3.2 is out, which promises to not only speed things for your blog (provided that you’re not using IE6), but also a slight redesign of the admin area.
However one of the biggest changes (at least for non-geeks) is the fact that WordPress is finally embracing a simpler posting interface.
Distraction-free Writing. The visual editor’s full-screen composing experience has gotten a major overhaul, and is now available from HTML mode, too. More than ever, WordPress allows you to focus on what matters most – your content. (WordPress News)
Note: Emphasis theirs.
Along with Writing Helper, the new interface should help reduce the friction when it comes to creating a post, as well as appease fans of rival services (like Posterous and Tumblr) who desire simplicity without sacrificing on power.
Note: If you come across any bugs while beta testing WordPress 3.2, feel free to report it in the alpha/beta forum.