The MySQL Community continues its good work in testing and refining MySQL 5.6, and as such the next iteration of the 5.6 Release Candidate is now available for download. You can get MySQL 5.6.9 here (look under the "Development Releases" tab). This version is the result of feedback we have gotten since MySQL 5.6.7 was announced at MySQL Connect in late September. As iron sharpens iron, Community feedback sharpens the quality and performance of MySQL so please download 5.6.9 and let us know how we can improve it as we move toward the production-ready product release in early 2013.
MySQL 5.6 is designed to meet the agility demands of the next generation of web apps and services and includes across the board improvements to the Optimizer, InnoDB performance/scale and online DDL operations, self-healing Replication, Performance Schema Instrumentation, Security and developer enabling NoSQL functionality.
You can learn all the details and follow MySQL Engineering blogs on all of the key features in this MySQL DevZone article.
On a related note, plan to join this week's live webinars to learn more about MySQL 5.6 Self-Healing Replication Clusters (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/web-seminars/display-733.html) and Building the Next Generation of Web, Cloud, SaaS, Embedded Application and Services with MySQL 5.6 (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/web-seminars/display-734.html). Hurry! Seating is limited!
As always, thanks for your continued support of MySQL!