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If you are browsing around the NetBeans Wiki you may have noticed the NetBeans 7.2 features “New and Noteworthy” have started to develop. http://wiki.netbeans.org/NewAndNoteworthyNB72 There are some interesting planned features such as the ability to import/export projects a zip files, the Maven repositories are getting their own top-level node in the Services window instead of [...]
NetBeans 7.1.1 is intended to be a bug fix release. You can view the details here : http://wiki.netbeans.org/NetBeans_711
For those that follow such trivial pieces of news like me, the NetBeans team has updated the visual roadmap to include tentative release timelines for NetBeans 7.1.1 and 7.2. See here : http://netbeans.org/community/releases/roadmap.html