This morning I saw the message that wordpress 2.5 is released (version 2.4 was skipped, and they decieded to right on to 2.5). The admin panel has a new layout and design, here is part of the my admin panel.
WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages. more
They have cleaned up a lot on the admin panel, and I like the revamp that the posting page has gotten. It all seems cleaner and less cluttered. The uploading and adding images into your posts is now alot easier. You now click on the “Add Media” at the top of the posting section. Now you can grab images by typing in the URL of the file.
To update plugins it couldn’t be easier, you can now enter your FTP details and wordpress will go and get the new version, install it in the plugin folder, and then it will delete the old one. To get your hands on the latest version, you can jump to here.