The PHP.net site has officially announced the release of PHP 7.0.0 RC3 the latest Release Candidate for this upcoming major version. This is a development preview and is not intended for production use.
The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 3. This is the eighth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.
[...] This release provides a noticeable new Opcache feature which makes possible to move PHP code pages into the huge memory pages. It can be enabled with opcache.huge_code_page=1 in php.ini and can bring about 2% performance gain on supported platforms. Please help us to test this feature by enabling it and providing feedback.
They also list out several of the other features now included in the release such as:
- improved overall performance
- migrating some Fatal errors to Exceptions
- the combined comparison operator ("spaceship")
- scalar and return types
- anonymous classes
As always you can download this latest version from the QA downloads page or here for the Windows binaries. The next release (RC4) will be coming October 1st, so be sure and test out RC3 on your systems and code and report those bugs!