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Qt 5.6 Beta has Been Released

The Qt Company announced over the weekend that it has released Qt 5.6 Beta available for immediate download. This release brings the full version of Qt 5.6 ever closer to a stable release.

The Qt 5.6 stable release will be tagged as a long-term release and will get guaranteed support for 3 years.

Qt 5.6 Beta A Great Leap Ahead

This new version comes out about 3 years after the first major release of the Qt 5 and introduces long-term support which is quite welcoming to the developer community and customers alike.

Full support for high-resolution screens also comes with this Qt version. This means applications UI which includes fonts, elements, and other graphics will automatically scale on high-pixel-density displays.

Qt 5.6 beta now has full support for Windows 10 covering both the win32 and WinRT APIs. Visual Studio 2015 is also supported with pre-built binaries.

Qt 5.6 Beta also introduces a new Continuous Integration (CI) system that saves time when packaging applications with integrated changes.

It is also worthwhile to know that Webkit and Qt Quick 1 are no longer distributed with Qt 5.6.

Qt 5.6 can be downloaded from the website download page here. You can also find a list of the known issues here. Qt 5.6 LTS final is scheduled to be released towards the end of March 2016.

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