It's due out by COB Friday 29th November and as yet no other news.
There are some far reaching changes in this release from support for SQL2012 for SIMS, FMS, Discover, SLG, Solus3.6 and InTouch, to changes to the database version numbers which affects some patches. http://www.edugeek.net/forums/mis-sy...upportnet.html
The version numbering could affect anyone who has patches designed for repeat usage such as the re-index patch, or anything customised to update data on a regular basis.
One major improvement not noted in the pre-release notes is the ability to include photos in an individual report. Maybe one of the beta testers can comment, as yet i've not seen it officially confirmed, but hopefully it makes it in as it would be a great feature.
Increased font size in pop-out comment box in Assessment Manager
Cover diary shows weighted values
Improved handling of Company Bill Payers
ability to apply a Batch of Refund Changes for Deposits or Advanced Payments
automatic hiding of fields not applicable to Independent Schools
Attendance widgets separate present and authorised absence
Added reason for absence, covered lessons and room changes to timeline
Refresh times can be altered globally for individual widgets
Configuration of timelines for groups
Homepage performance improvements
Nova T4 style interlinking between timetable displays for printing
SLG - homework hand in date can be recorded and flagged
SLG - optional link from homework to assessment aspects and resultsets
SQL Migration - support for Discover
The SIMS Database number format will be changing from 3.61.xxx to 3.62.xxx - as noted in a separate thread regarding patches (link above), this needs to be checked so you get the new patches in advance of needing them.
There's loads more but the full release notes should have more detail.