Today a maintenance release for WordPress was release. Version 2.7.1 fixes 68 bugs that were discovered. There weren’t any major security issues so the update isn’t that critical. The interesting thing about 2.7.1 is that the upgrade was done from within the Dashboard. I just pressed the upgrade button and the new files were downloaded and installed. Its still recommended that you back up your files and database in case you need to revert to a previous version.
The new installation method will be very helpful for WordPress users with less technical knowledge, or those who lack the confidence to do their own upgrades.
Its always important to keep your user in mind when building software. Computers are becoming more and more like appliances and we need to make software easy to use and upgrade.