GNOME 3.2 now available

The upgrade includes refined visuals, integrated messaging and a new onscreen keyboard

The open source GNOME desktop project has released GNOME 3.2.

Version 3.2 of GNOME includes new frameworks for managing online sources in one place, integrating calendars, contacts and documents.

See GNOME 3.2 in pictures.

Access to messaging and chat are now built in, eliminating the need to open separate applications to sign into these services.

The update also adds Web applications, enabling users to use websites as applications; a counter for notifications in the lower-right corner of the desktop, displaying the number of missed chat messages or unread emails; and a new onscreen keyboard.

“The GNOME 3.2 release builds on the foundations that we have laid with 3.0 and offers a much more complete experience,” the GNOME release team said in a statement.

The upgrade comes almost six months after the release of GNOME 3, which marked a split between Canonical and the wider GNOME community over the former's adoption of the Unity interface.

The next release in the series, GNOME 3.4, is scheduled for release in April 2012.

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