Open Source Matters, Inc.'s content management system (CMS), Joomla!, has been updated to include multi-database support with the addition of Microsoft SQL Server. Previous versions of Joomla! were compatible exclusively with MySQL databases. Joomla! 2.5 also includes new features such as advanced search and automatic notification of Joomla! core and extension updates.
Based on extensive user feedback, Joomla! 2.5 provides automatic notifications when a Joomla! or extension update is available. When logged into the control panel, site administrators will instantly have access to new notification buttons that allows them to see and act on the latest updates; a second button offers third-party extension notification updates. The new release also includes a better natural-language search engine that is complete with auto-completion and stemming.
Joomla! 2.5 has been released in accordance with its six-month update schedule. The new version is available for download from the product's website.