Issue 248 - July, 14th 2016Three critical security releases were announced on Wednesday. If you have any of these modules in your production code base update them immediately.
This release contains a variety of new features, improvements, and bug fixes (no security fixes). Quoting the post on d.o "Yes, there is a version jump compared to the previous 7.44 release; this is to indicate that this Drupal 7 point release is a bit larger than past ones and makes a few more changes and new features available than normal." The change I'm most excited about is the support for full UTF-8 including emojis on MySQL.
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