Last updated January 8, 2014.
|Phase||Deadline||Drupal core milestones||Core developers||Module & theme developers||Site builders|
Anything goes! All features, API changes, and additions are on the table.
|Feature completion||Complete approved in-progress features.|
|API completion phase||2013-02-18
Focus on cleaning up APIs.
|Provide early API feedback. Expect unstable APIs as issues get fixed.|
|Narrow focus to important API cleanups and bug fixes.|
|Release phase||Date TBD
0 critical issues
|Release candidates||Focus on critical API changes and release blockers only.||Upgrade contributed modules and themes; APIs should be stable.||Start testing Drupal 8, including the upgrade path.|
The issue Proposal to manage the Drupal 8 release cycle has more information about the plan for after Drupal 8 is released.